Easy New Year's Eve Table Ideas to Host the Ultimate End-of-Year Event

Gin cocktail recipe for New Years Eve
Photo: Kathleen Snyder

Spice up your New Year's table decorations with these festive projects and decorating touches. Our New Year's table settings help set the tone for your holiday dinner party and encompass every New Year's decorating style.

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Simple New Year's Table Decorations

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Karla Conrad

Your New Year's Eve table decorations can be easy and elegant with a touch of gold and glitter. Accentuate this holiday dinner party with personalized place settings, celebratory centerpieces, and simple party decorations for any table. Don't forget a miniature bottle of champagne for each guest!

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Toast-Worthy Table

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David Tsay

You don't have to buy a ton of new decor items for your New Year's tablescape. If it looks fresh enough, simply reuse your holiday greenery! Line it down the center of the table, then sprinkle in a few sparkling votives for an upscale look.

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Colorful Confetti

Gin cocktail recipe for New Years Eve
Kathleen Snyder

No time to create an elaborate tablescape before the party? No problem! New Year's Eve is the perfect time to sprinkle a hefty handful of confetti over the table, add a tray (or two!) of drinks, and call it good. Add a New Year's headband and noisemaker to each place at the table for an extra festive touch.

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DIY Burlap Wine Bag

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Rebekah Molloy

Play up your New Year's countdown with painted burlap wine bags. To make them, use a crafts store stencil and spray paint in order to keep the numbers consistent. Be sure to craft the bags a few days ahead, so they can dry completely before the party.

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Champagne Tasting

detail of champagne party tasting card
Carson Downing

Set the table with a fun activity that'll help guests get to know each other as the party begins. Print our free champagne tasting cards and have guests sip on different varieties of bubbly and compare notes. Just don't forget to chill several kinds of champagne before the party starts!

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Wine Glass Charms for a New Year's Party

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Jason Donnelly

With everyone drinking bubbly on New Year's Eve, add a decorative wine charm to each place setting so guests can keep track of their glass. Craft these pretty wine charms using 4-inch jewelry eye pins strung with your choice of beads or tiny ornaments, keeping to one color per wire.

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Elegant New Year's Dinner Party

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Peter Krumhardt

Start the New Year on the right foot with an elegant dinner party with taper candles ($7, Target) and gold accents. These metallic utensils and napkin rings add a sophisticated feel to any New Year's dinner party.

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Go with Gold

silver and gold plates and glasses
Marty Baldwin

Coming up with a New Year's theme is easy—a gold and glitter theme makes decorating a breeze, and the sparkling elements will help guests ring in the new year in style. Grab gold-accented plates, napkins, and cups and accent with a few fun poppers, and your casual table setting is done!

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Confetti Champagne Bottles

mini champagne bottles decorated with confetti
Carson Downing

Set the table with miniature bottles of confetti-covered champagne as party favors for your guests. They're so easy to make; use spray adhesive to coat each bottle, then roll them in confetti and add our free printable gift tag.

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Set the Table with Good Fortune

gold leaf personalized wine glass place cards names bells ribbon
David A. Land

Gold leaf is said to bring good fortune, which makes it the perfect place card for a prosperous new year. Hand-cut leaves from cardstock, fold once to crease, then write the name of your guest in cursive with a metallic marker ($5 for three, Target). Set each leaf on a plate or punch a hole in the corner and string with metallic ribbon that can be tied around a champagne glass.

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Crisp White New Year's Table

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Michael Partenio

A handful of sparkling star-shaped embellishments are nearly the only color on this festive table fit for a snowy winter wonderland theme. White linens and china always provide an elegant look for your New Year's dinner party.

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Simple Sparkle as New Year's Decoration

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Tria Giovan

Touches of sparkle will carry ordinary table or shelf displays into the holidays. Glass ornaments are an inexpensive way to give a New Year's party look, and a great way to repurpose your Christmas decor before packing it up for the season.

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Contemporary New Year's Table Decoration

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Jason Donnelly

Forget waiting for the ball to drop! These blue glass globes provide a festive addition to your New Year's table decoration, and you don't have to wait until midnight to set them out! Bottles of champagne are elegantly displayed alongside coordinating blue and silver place settings.

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Dressed-Up Bottle Bags

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Cameron Sadeghpour

All dressed up with nowhere to go? This adorable champagne-bottle tuxedo is a fresh take on traditional bottle bags. Give your bottle a touch of glam with gold-brad buttons and an adorable bow tie.

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Masquerade New Year's Party

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Marty Baldwin

Make it a theme party! To disguise your bright eyes for a New Year's party, draw inspiration from Mardi Gras and set each place setting with a variety of beads, masks, and feathered accessories.

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Feathered Finery

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Jay Wilde

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 ($5, Walmart) is a festive touch. Glue it to a foil-wrapped cardboard circle, or tuck the boas under the rim of the plates.

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Silver Tree

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Peter Krumhardt

A small silver Christmas tree can look just right on your New Year's table 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.

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Glitter Glasses for the New Year's Toast

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Steven McDonald

Add a festive, personalized touch to your New Year's glasses with pearl and glitter glass paint ($7, Michaels). Coat the underside of the glass base with the pearl paint, swirling a pattern out from the center; let dry. Or add a coat of glitter glass paint on top of the base and up the stem.

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Celebratory Centerpiece

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Steven McDonald

Multiply sparkle and candlelight by using a snow-inspired theme for your tabletop. Inexpensive candles and neutral charms add a festive look, and they combine easily with almost any color of table linens. Look for neutral decorating pieces at crafts, party, or floral supply stores.

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