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Tiny envelopes stand in for place cards, yet these have an extra secret. Inside is a special New Year's wish, fortune, or prediction. Set each envelope on a plate or punch a hole in the corner and string with metallic ribbon that can be tied around a napkin.
Give any plain bottle bag a touch of glam with dimensional glitter paint applied in swirls, scrolls, or squiggles. Tie the tops with festive cording or ribbon, adding party favors if desired.
Twist metallic chenille stems (pipe cleaners) into a unique napkin ring. Start by folding one stem in half, twist to secure, then attach the ends to form a circle. Next, add a few additional stems, wrapping ends around a pencil to form curlicues. Finally, unwrap each scroll and arrange.
Multiply sparkle and candlelight by using a mirrored theme on a tabletop. Inexpensive mirror coasters, ornaments, and charms add a festive look and combine easily with most any color of table linens. Look for mirrored pieces at crafts, party, or floral supply stores.
Touches of sparkle will carry ordinary table or shelf displays into the holidays. Glass ornaments are an inexpensive way to give a party look.
Decorate small beveled mirror coasters with stripes or swirls of acrylic paint. Once dry, use white crafts glue to attach crafts-store gems. Coordinate the paint and gems to your candle color, or go multicolored for a festive look.
Tip: make sure the gems won't be in the way of setting candles flat on the mirror.
Dress up a plain white tablecloth with an overcloth of sheer fabric or inexpensive tulle netting. Silver mesh fabric squares are tied to hold confetti as party favors. Under the plates, a circle of white feather boa (available in crafts stores) is a festive touch. Glue it to a foil-wrapped cardboard circle, or tuck the boas under the rim of the place plates.
To disguise your bright eyes for a New Year's party or Mardi Gras, let them take flight in a fantasy of feathers.
Blues and greens combine with white to create a table perfect for a New Year's bash. This runner was hand-sewn, but similar looks could be put together from purchased linens. Glass candleholders dress up both tall candles and simple tree ornaments.
It's easy to make unique wine charms for your party. Look for letter charms in a crafts store, purchasing one for each of your guests. Thread seed beads onto a 16-inch length of wire, ending with a few large beads and a letter charm. Wrap the wire around a dowel to make tight coils that will twist around the stem of your wine glasses.
Plain linen napkins get a touch of modern style with a stenciled or embroidered monogram and a scattering of tiny glass beads sewn on for sparkle.
Small glass ornaments give a plain pinecone ball a whole new look. Give it importance by placing on top of a vase, pedestal, or compote. For an added touch, a handful of color-coordinated larger ornaments sit on the tabletop.
Bring the twinkle of icicles to your party with a dangling decoration made from prisms and beads. Start with the bottom pendant, adding more beads above it. Finish with a circle of wire to attach an ornament hook. Use on a Christmas tree or as a party favor, gift decoration, or napkin ring embellishment.
A small silver Christmas tree can look just right at New Year's if you dress it up in blue, hot pink, purple, and black. Party favor horns, tiny festive hats, miniature champagne bottles, and wired ribbon stand in for "ornaments," adding even more New Year's flair.