I’m hosting an intimate party to ring in the new year. It’s all about a glitz, sparkly, and bling New Year’s Eve table setting.
I really want my table shine.
For the lights and candlelight to bounce off everything and just make the whole room twinkle.
I want to really impress my guests with the bling and “wow” factor of the tablescape.
Are you the same way? Do you want your guests to be speechless and then gush about how beautiful and amazing your New Year’s Eve table setting is? (Secretly, we all want that, don’t we?)
Then you must have a blinging, sparkling and glitzy New Year’s Eve table setting! There’s no way around it.
Go over-the-top, but not in a garish way.
A “wow” factor table must have shine. Which means metallics and crystals. Elements that reflect light and seriously sparkle.
So I figured gold and crystal would be the ideal colors for my inspiration. I mean, you can’t go wrong with that color combination and it definitely speaks “elegant” and will most definitely create a “wow” factor.
Supplies for a Bling New Year’s Eve Table Setting
Please note that this article may contain affiliate links. I may get commissions (at no cost to you) for purchases made through these links. You can read my full disclosure for more details.
- White table cloth
- Gold charger plates
- White dinner plates
- Gold salad plates
- White napkins
- DIY diamond napkin rings
- Gold flatware
- Crystal/glass glasses
- Gold sequin placemats
- Gold piller candle holders
- DIY gold glitter candles
- Gold small candles
- Gold sheer fabric
- Fake diamonds of various sizes
- DIY New Year’s Eve party hats
- Glass bud vases
How to Create Your Bling New Year’s Eve Tablescape
Step 1: Select the base layer for your fabulous New Year’s Eve table
Your base layer is typically a tablecloth, placemats, or a table runner. For this New Year’s Eve tablescape, I went with an off-white damask tablecloth.
Damask fabric is cloth that has a pattern woven into the fabric. Sometimes it’s tone-on-tone, like mine. And other times it’s two-tone. Like black and white, or brown and blue.
You can see how the pattern stands out below in my tablecloth.
Damask is often seen as a more elegant fabric, and usually the woven areas are slightly shiny in appearance. This is why using a damask tablecloth was perfect for this table setting. I wanted something that was elegant to go with my gold and crystal theme.
Step 2: Create your New Year’s Eve bling centerpiece
After you have laid down the base layer for your tablescape, it’s time to create your blinging New Year’s Eve centerpiece.
Reference my post on the 7 ways to add bling to your table setting for ideas.
I found large sequin placemats at our local thrift store that really sparkled. I overlayed three of them in the middle of my table. Then I added my gold pillar candle holders. They’re that soft metallic gold that really shines.
I had also found the amazing geometric candle holder at a thrift store. But it was black, so I spray painted it gold to match the other candle holders. (It matches perfectly, huh!)
I then placed the geometric candleholder on top of the middle candleholder to add height and visual interest to the centerpiece. It really stands out that way, don’t ya think?
Next, add gold glitter candles. I couldn’t find any that I liked, so I made the ones on my table. Check out how easy it is to do (link is at the bottom). They really add that bling factor to the table.
Now to add the filler and really make the table sparkle.
Take some sheer gold fabric from the local fabric store (no need to finish the edges, unless you know how to sew. You can tuck the raw edges under, so they aren’t visible. Then wind it around the three candle holders until you are happy with how it looks. I overlapped and criss-crossed mine.
Next, add gold votive candles in small glass holders and place them randomly throughout the sheer fabric. Not too close, as you don’t want the fabric to possibly catch fire. (I diy glittered those candles too.)
(It’s looking pretty good, huh.)
Lastly, to really make the whole table sparkle, sprinkle fake diamonds around and throughout the centerpiece.
Notice how all the shiny elements catch the light and twinkle. Talk about bling!
Step 3: Add the place settings to your New Year’s Eve tablescape
When creating a gold and crystal tablescape, think about all the elements that you can use to emphasize the theme.
Using gold charger plates is a great place to start. Mine are from Dollar Tree. Total bargain! Don’t they stand out?
Now add your white dinner plate. No need to use fine china (unless you want to), as the rest of the table is so elegant looking.
Then place gold salad plates on top of the dinner plate. Do you see a pattern? Gold, white, gold, white, gold. I found my gold salad plates at a local thrift store (those stores are a serious gold mine – haha!).
To continue the color pattern, use white cloth napkins and sparkly napkin rings. I made my diamond napkin rings (super easy diy!). I then folded the napkins and slipped on the napkin ring so they looked like bowties.
Cute and formal looking!
So elegant, and that diamond bling – talk about a rock – WOW!
Finally to round out your bling New Year’s Eve place setting, add your flatware and glasses. I placed a water glass, along with red and white wine glasses, as this will be an intimate and elegant dinner.
Step 4: Add any extras to complete your New Year’s Eve tablescape’s look
Your bling, sparkle, and glitz New Year’s Eve table setting is almost complete. Step back and look at it from a distance. Do you feel anything is missing, that it needs something more?
This is when you add any of those extra details to tie your tablescape’s look together.
Looking at my gold and crystal table setting, I felt that it needed more. That it needed a pop of color. (Although I did totally love it as only gold, crystal, and white).
Since this is an elegant table and one that has that elevated feeling, what better flower to add than roses. But I didn’t want a large arrangement (where would it go) and I really wanted something subtle that wouldn’t pull attention away from the gold and bling already on the table.
So to add a little pop of color, place single red and white roses in bud vases around the centerpiece. They add a little something but don’t detract from the overall look of the table setting.
And the final pièce de résistance (ooh – so fancy sounding, lol) – add New Year’s Eve party crowns to the table.
I made these cute little crowns that can be worn, and also used as place cards. Double-duty, woo-hoo!
Don’t they just add that something special to the table? And they make great party favors for your guests to take home after ringing in the new year.
New Year’s Eve is a time to be with the ones you love so you can ring in the new year together. Enjoy creating an intimate table setting so you can appreciate each other’s company and have a wonderful night.
Happy New Year!!