Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Silver and Gold

Season's Greetings!

Excitement mounts as 2017 approaches! On New Year's Eve we'll raise our glasses to toast the coming year. Come see the table I've prepared.

Silver is the predominant color for the evening, grounded by the placemats from my sister. Stacked on top are platinum-edged, relatively plain (for me) white dinner plates and the fabulous salad plates my sister gave me for Christmas. Silver and gold became the theme for the table.

Overcast skies made it hard to capture the gold accents scattered across the plates.

The centerpiece is a variation of the one we had for Christmas Eve, shown here. The runner was replaced by two of the silver placements and the greenery, entwined by a silver ribbon, now supports a gold bowl, a gift from G's mother. The underside of the bowl is silver.

Contemporary crystal candlesticks stand with vintage silver holders on either side of the centerpiece. They are joined by faceted votives.

I couldn't decide which of the napkin rings I should use, so I consulted daughter J. She suggested using both, alternating around the table. One glitters, the other sparkles!

 Elegant gold-rimmed champagne flutes sidle up to fun 1960's barware.

In some of the photos, you can catch glimpses of the Christmas decorations in the house. A gradual transition from Christmas designs to winter themes feels natural.





This year has been a good year overall, with much to celebrate. It has also seen incredibly sad moments, both personally and around the world. "For auld lang syne."

Here's to a new year, may it be full of good-will and joy!


Dinner plates | Noritake 'Ranier'
Salad plates, placemats | Crate & Barrel
Silver centerpiece | made in Turkey
Flatware | Reed and Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Flutes | Waterford Marquis 'Hanover Gold'
Crystal candleholders | vintage Mikasa
Votives | Pier 1 Imports


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  1. What a beautiful table! I can just imagine the light refracting through those votive holders! Happy new year!

    1. Thank you! The holders are particularly pretty when the votives are lit, or the sun catches them. Happy 2017!

  2. This is beautiful Sandra; a touch of bling, luxury, and shimmer, create the right ambience for a great meal. Have a Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you so much! I was so excited to receive the plates for Christmas and just thought they'd be perfect. Have a great 2017!

  3. what a stunning table..........great for New Years Eve or an Anniversary Party.....or anytime you want
    a luxurious atmosphere. the ambiance and really like the polkadot plates as well.
    Blessings for a Wonderful New Year,

    1. Thank you so much! I try to design versatile tables that can be used for several occasions. Happy New Year!

  4. Beautiful table Sandra! Very elegant and festive! xoxo
    Thanks for the visit and lovely comment! Happy New Year! xoxo
    Vesna - Home Chic Club

  5. Love the silver and gold. I love the retro feel to your table. It is elegant and modern and yet, the 1960's barware, dotted salad plates and the bling from the crystal gem candleholders really give me a retro feel, like I am spending the evening at a up-scale cocktail bar. Now add some big band music and I am all set! Gorgeous tablescape! Perfect for ringing in the New Year.

    1. Thank you for the insightful comments! I hadn't recognized the retro vibe when I put it together, but now I see it, and enjoy the tablescape even more! May your new year be wonderful.

  6. Oh My love all the crystal and silver! So pretty!! Thank you for sharing this at Dishing It & Digging It! I look forward to seeing more of your creativity this year. :)

    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad I stumbled upon Dishing It & Digging It.

  7. Happy New Year and your table is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

    1. Thank you! I enjoyed viewing all the great ideas at the party.

  8. Beautifully done...HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

    1. Thank you for the complement and for hosting the party

  9. Pretty table. Hope to see your new creation in the coming year. Happy New Year To You. Sujatha:)

    1. Thank you, Sujatha, you're welcome back any time! Have a Happy New Year

  10. Lovely table setting. It's fun mixing vintage and contemporary pieces.

    1. Thanks, Jeanne, I agree whole-heartedly! And the range of designs is unbelievable.


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