New Year’s Dining Ideas

“Staying in is the new going out.” Never has that saying been more applicable than at New Year’s Eve. Why pay over the odds for a hotel party or spend half your night trying to get a drink at a packed bar when things could be so much easier and so much more pleasant at home? This year, if you’ve decided to host a small gathering of friends or family, you’ll likely be wanting to dress up your table just a little bit.

holiday party
Nicole Franzen Photography via Domino

Today, we’re sharing just a few ideas to get your dining room ready for hosting – whether it’s a casual potluck dinner, a wine and cheese party or a more formal event – there are plenty of ways to style your table to make it look its best.

Stick to an Elegant Color Scheme

Elegant gold and black table
Sarah Sherman Samuel

There’s nothing that says glamour more than a touch of gold so incorporate this favourite metallic into your setting with some gold cutlery and chargers. Keep things grounded with a few natural elements thrown in to add some texture and contrast as well. A few small succulents in concrete pots, a centrepiece of seasonal fruit and greenery and a few natural elements for your table place settings keep everything from looking too formal.

Platter Up

Table food for NYE Party
Martha Stewart via Domino

Keep things simple and platter up as much as you’re able to – this way, you get to enjoy the party just like everyone else. Serve crudites, cut meats, cheese or grapes on wood chopping boards for a stylish way to serve up and allow guests to help themselves.

Don’t Let Christmas Decor Go to Waste

Holiday table top
Apartment 34 / Photography by Ashley Batz

There’s no need to fully redecorate between Christmas and New Year. We love how Apartment 34 styled her table using a few baubles and kept to a simple black and white palette with a touch of red to carry the festivities from one holiday to the next. String lights, pine branches and candles add the perfect touch to keep your styling simple and stress-free.

The Importance of Layering

black white green and gold table setting
Swoon Worthy

Sticking with a simple palette of colours means you can mix and match quite easily. Here, the patterns combine to wonderful effect with black, white gold and even leopard print all joining the party. Consider using a few different textures on your table to contrast and add depth to your table settings.

Quiet and Minimal

Minimal Table Setting
Homey Oh My

Consider NYE a bit too OTT? There’s no need to go all out with decor if that’s not your natural style. We love this minimalist table setting which shows you don’t need a lot of glitz and glam to create a stunning tabletop. Simple white plates, a white linen tablecloth and striking black cutlery combine with a few easy touches for instant style without the fuss.

Why Not DIY?

DIY Gold Glam coasters
Swoon Worthy

If you are looking for a simple way to glam up your New Year’s Eve table, then why not consider a creative DIY to save a few extra pennies? This simple tutorial shares how to create a mix of gold, black and marble look coasters for your next party.

How will you be decorating your dining room table for your NYE party? We’d love to see! Let us know over on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.




Image Credits: Domino, Sarah Sherman Samuel, Domino, Apartment 34, Swoon Worthy, Homey Oh My, Swoon Worthy

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