How to decorate a dinner table for a New Year's Eve party

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How to decorate a dinner table for a New Year's Eve party
Dinner is only the prelude to the midnight party. (pgaborphotos/iStock/Getty Images)

New Year's Eve is a time for celebration, and a great excuse to break out the Champagne. The feeling of luxury should also extend to the decoration of the dinner table, with a little bit of tradition and a lot of fun thrown in. This is why party poppers are almost essential for New Year's, even if the colours clash with your beautifully laid table.

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Things you need

  • Tablecloth
  • Champagne
  • Champagne glasses
  • Wine glasses
  • Silverware
  • China
  • Apples
  • Skewers
  • Greenery
  • Cloves
  • Coins
  • Bread
  • Party poppers

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  1. 1

    Choose a colour theme. For example, you can use the rich golds and deep green colours of the Champagne bottle as a guide to the colours of the placemats and the tablecloth. This will help to keep the table decorations looking classy.

  2. 2

    Cover your table with a thick, luxurious cotton tablecloth. Quality is important so your guests feel like you are spoiling them, and bringing out the best. Think romantic candlelit restaurant, not bistro plastic. Use placemats if they fit your colour theme.

  3. 3

    Set out your best plates and side plates, along with polished silverware. Make sure they are all matching, and place a Champagne glass on the right hand side of each setting. Add a normal wine glass as well for drinking during the meal, and wrap cloth napkins up neatly in a napkin ring if possible.

  4. 4

    Consider adding in a little bit of Welsh tradition into your decoration. The Welsh calennig tradition involves placing three skewers into an apple for legs and also sticking in various greenery or cloves on top. This represents good luck and good health for the house, although it is technically given to the homeowners on New Year's Day. For a twist, you can stick cubes of cheese and grapes onto the apple for your guests to munch on.

  5. 5

    Include other gift traditions in your decoration. These usually represent good wishes for a comfortable year. For example, scatter coins over the table to bring prosperity, use fresh greenery to build table decorations and use fresh-baked bread as a centerpiece to symbolise enough to eat. Lumps of coal are also traditional gifts for the house on New Year's, but may be a little messy to make decorations out of, considering you are using your best china.

  6. 6

    Arrange party poppers besides each plate. They are a little off the luxury theme but at New Year's, you need to have something noisy to celebrate the turning of midnight with.

  7. 7

    Put the Champagne on the table at the last second, so it is nicely chilled. If you have one, a silver ice bucket for the champagne gives the atmosphere a posh vibe. You can also buy little individual bottles of champagne and place them on each guest's plate, as a small individual bit of luxury.

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