There are two things I look for in a New Year’s Day celebration. First, is the clean refreshing feel of white, after all the vibrant color of the holidays. The second is a little bling to make sure it still feels special. These are the two factors that inspired my New Year’s Day brunch table setting mixing gold and silver.
I’m a big New Year’s fan! I know a lot of people hate it, but I just love the promise of a fresh start and the notion of reinvention. As such, I love New Year’s Eve, but even more so, I love an elegant New Year’s Day brunch. When putting this table together I wanted a peaceful tableau that would emulate the clean slate of the year ahead, mixed with the most festive items in my cabinets to honor my optimistic personality.
With a palette of white, gold and silver established, I next looked at my plate stack. It’s quite unusual for me to leave a solid white plate unadorned at the top of my place setting, but I resisted the temptation to embellish and let the textured cream plates show off their simple beauty. (See resource list below.)
The foundation of the setting is a French inspired silver charger that I use frequently in my tablescapes.
As a distinct counterpoint to the silver I used my new favorite gold trimmed goblets with their matching champagne flutes. The mix of metals is what gives the tablescape it’s unique character, a bit more complex than simple silver and white would have been and a bit more toned down than a gold and white table would have offered.
In keeping with my clean simplicity theme, I chose lush white hydrangeas, tucked into a silver footed bowl as the table’s pretty centerpiece.
The only new items I purchased are the napkins clustered in the crystal napkin ring. A sheer silver outer napkin over a gold lurex under napkin creates a surprising metallic mix that helps define the look of this table.
Silver flatware is used, although gold would have worked too. I’ve been looking for a set in gold, so maybe you’ll see that in tablescape soon.
The crystal bracelet napkin rings are another of my favorite pieces, as they always add a very special note to any table they are used on. (They’re no longer available at Pottery Barn, but can sometimes be found on ebay. See the link below.)
I mixed silver washed candlesticks, mercury glass ones, as well as a vintage silver pair. Crystal drop bobeches in clear crystal and smoky gray help reflect the light.
The underpinning is a washed linen ruffle-edged tablecloth in white which keeps everything from getting too serious.
I love to use white in January and you will see a lot of it in the next few weeks. For me it feels refreshing to put all the holiday decor away and start a new year with a clean slate. Wishing you all a happy healthy New Year and all the best for the coming year!
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- Cream Dinner and Salad Plates
- Silver Chargers
- Gold Napkins
- Sheer Silver Napkins
- Crystal Bracelet Napkin Rings
- First Love Flatware
- Gold Goblets and Flutes
- Ruffled Tablecloth
- Silver Washed Candlesticks
- Mercury Glass Candlesticks
- Silver Footed Bowl
- French Cane Back Side Chairs
- Tufted Side Chairs
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