A New Year’s Dinner Tablescape By Tara Guérard

After celebrating New Year’s Eve with lots of champagne and sparkles, one of our favorite traditions is to cook a great meal for our family while ringing in the new year. Party planner extraordinaire, Tara Guérard so kindly put together a simple tablescape for us that uses remaining Christmas decor for an intimate New Year’s Dinner. She also created four different place settings that you can easily DIY and shared her favorite entertaining tips with us.
Start by working with what you have! Gather some fresh fruit — in this case Tara used pears — and leftover pine clippings from the tree, garland or yard. Give them a coat of gold spray paint and let dry outside for 24 hours.

Use the gilded pears and clippings for your centerpiece and carefully arrange in a glass dish.

Tara wrapped the same greens around the base of her candle stick holders to create a uniform theme across the table.

Set the mood with plenty light. Tara suggests using white sand or salt to secure your taper candles. “This trick will keep them secure and upright and looks much better than trying to use tape,” explains Tara.

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Tara suggests keeping it simple with white chargers lined in gold and adding a bit of fun with a patterned plate.

Using card stock, cut round stemware collars to dress your champagne glasses! Tara used a round cutter to make the shape, then made one cut to the center of the circle and cut a small circle in the center for the stems. For a festive touch, add your guests’ name in glitter!

When she entertains Tara always keeps a fully stocked bar with options for everyone, including wine, champagne, beer and liquor. “Always decant your wine in glass decanters (red & white) and put pourers on your bottles of liquor, they’re much more spill-proof for your guests,” Tara said.

For one place setting idea simply tie a piece of ribbon around your napkin and place it on the center of your plate — so easy and elegant!

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Pick up patterned card stock in complimentary colors, like this fun chevron print and cut it to fit inside your folded napkin. Add a simple ribbon and a small fresh flower for a pop of color.

For a more natural touch, use the same printed card stock and instead stick fresh greens or herbs under the ribbon.

Put your leftover wrapping paper to good use! Simply cut strips and secure with a piece of tape to make a loop that fits around your napkin!

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Author: Caitlin Kruse

  • Who makes those beautiful patterned plates? Great ideas for napkin folding! Just what I needed for my big bday dinner next week.

  • While it may look lovely, spray painting edible pears seems wasteful to me when so many people go hungry everyday. Perhaps next time donate the food and spray paint faux pears? You’ll still get the luxe look, will probably save money, and will do some good too! The holidays are a time when people without feel it more than the rest of year. Sharing what you’re able to is a great way to help and feels great too! Decorate fabulously and share with care! Then you’ll really sparkle and shine!

  • LOVE all these ideas! Tara Guerard is one of my most favorite designers! I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a couple of days with her and some of her staff in NYC last year! An experience I will never forget.

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