Friday, December 30, 2011

New Years Eve Decor

Why not host a small New Years Eve supper? Invite a few neighbors or close friends, and sit down to dine and toast the New Year together.

New Years Eve Supper - all photos and styling by Valorie Hart

As an event designer I decorated many huge New Years parties HERE.

One of my favorite event designs was one in a 7000 square foot loft space. I want to show you how you can scale it down for your home.

Valorie Hart Designs - I designed this corporate event in a 7000 square foot loft - This is the inspiration for a New Years supper party you can scale down and recreate at home 

The elements I use are white branches, ribbons, white flowers, gold and silver, and pearls.
You can hop on over to Houzz to see my product guest picks to get some of the things I use. Even if you don't have time to order on the internet for New Years Eve, check out the sites for after holiday sales and stock up for next year. Shop locally too. All the elements are easy to find.

All the elements from the loft party are here in my dining room

Create focal points on your dining room table, the chandelier overhead, the sideboard or buffet, and on any other furniture in the dining room. The whole room will look decorated by decorating three or four places in the room.

My starting off point came by way of a wonderful Christmas gift I got from Mitchell from Optimism and White Paint. It's a "tablet" of 50 paper placements. This design is in black and white, but you can use any color you like.

I was off to the races with these black and white paper placemats, a gift from Mitchell

I basically used all the black and white things I had on hand: black and white plates, white branches, black and white ribbon, black napkins, white flowers, etc.

Black and white dinnerware, black napkins, black and white ribbons enhance the black and white placemats

I placed tall white branches on the chandelier, and made two large bouquets with them in silver vases. Inexpensive curling ribbon was cut to varying lengths and hung from the chandelier and on the branches. It gives the effect that the whole ceiling is decorated with festive New Years Eve streamers.

Tall white branches arranged in vases and placed on the chandelier  festooned with ribbon

Each of the black and white dinner plates has a different animal on them - This is the dog - The under plate is Italian

The rabbit plate - the pattern of the black and white plates is Du Paquier by Mottahedeh

This little guy looks like a weasel, but I call him a monkey

The fourth animal is a boar

I used simple white spray roses and flat leaf eucalyptus in black glass  containers

I took down the Christmas decor in the room that did not have the New Years colors.  I added a silver wreath on the mirror in place of the vintage color one, and removed the tree from the buffet with the vintage color balls, and removed the turquoise ornaments in the hurricanes.

The bar cart and trumeau is another focal point - I changed out the Christmas colors for the white and silver New Years color - I added a tall glass vase filled white branches, a silver wreath on the trumeau, and black and white ribbons hanging from the garland on top of the mirror - I also pinned wide strips of silver lame ribbon to transform the the lamp shade on the plaster Della Robbia lamp

I filled the glass vase with pearls - They are actually Mardi Gras beads

The buffet area - The "Dream" banner used for Christmas decor remained, but all other previous  Christmas decor was removed to keep the color scheme consistent

A large white ironstone platter holds hats and horns - I kept to silver. gold, and black - Sand in the bottom of the  hurricanes replaced the turquoise Christmas ornaments

Cholo loves the New Years Eve supper party decor

I actually styled this table from everything I had on hand, to participate along with the other fabulous tablescapers at Susan's Between Naps On The Porch.

And I am using Mr. Linky at Nitas's Mod Vintage Life to participate in her metamorphosis series. I admire Nita very much for many reasons, and am honored to be included in anything she does.

What are your New Years Eve plans? I hope I inspire you to do a little decorating!

Alberto and I usually stay home on New Years Eve. This year we will be "at home" and inviting people to stop by for a drink on their way to or from a party or whatever their New Years Eve plans are. It is not really a party. It's causal and no pressure, and we will be happy to see who turns up.

photo via Vintaquarian

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  1. Oh my your tablescape is adorable, classy and elegant. Wishing you a happy and prosperous NEW YEAR!!

    Tablescape Thursday

  2. I'm glad you liked the placemats. They looked like so much fun, just like you!

  3. Happy new year!Love your tables! Beautiful plates!

  4. Outstanding Valorie!
    I wish I could stop by!
    Happy New Year.

  5. Fantastic! Great venue, and your ideas have style and panache. Love the name of your blog - "Vamp" is so under-utilized! The gift of the placements was a brilliant inspiration. I will visit you again. ~CJ

  6. Stunning and inspiring Valorie! enjoy your New Years Eve open house.. great idea!



  7. Have a wonderful celebration, wish I lived in the neighborhood.

  8. Lovely settings! Such a white Christmas it is!

  9. Gorgeous table setting! We have no plans for new years, but your post has inspired me to host a special dinner for me and my man... at home.

  10. Gorgeous table! I really like the dinner plates. Great tulip chairs and love your chandelier.
    Happy New Year, Valorie!

  11. Valorie, Gorgeous table. I love the elegant and sophisticated color palette!! If I were in New Orleans you can be sure I would stop by!!

    Wishing You and Yours all the best in 2012!

    Art by Karena

  12. Beautiful table and beautiful room. You and Alberto really know how to live! Happy New Year to you both!

  13. Valorie, this is sooo beautiful! I love all the sparkle...great way to welcome in 2012! The loft space you decorated was amazing! What a turned out so elegant. Love your black and white china...what a great pattern! Happy New Year to you and Alberto! Wishing you both a fabulous 2012!

  14. Lovely Valorie! Had to share it in my NY story. Wishing you a very Happy 2012.



  15. Happy New Year! Everything looks beautiful!

  16. I have to admit that overall I'm really impressed with this particular site especially on your table settings! It is easy to observe that youre enthusiastic about making this stuff and that's what I want in every blogger! Love the decors so much!

  17. Awesome pictures, I love them!
    Happy New Year!
    Regards from Spain!

  18. Happy New Year to you and Alberto! May this year be filled with love and sparkle. I'm sure your NYE drop-in was a delight for all who were able to make it.

  19. I love the serene, sophisticated style of your New Year's decorations, Valerie! The tablescape is simply gorgeous.

    I would love to have you join me for my linky party - Time Travel Thursday. The link goes up on Wednesday nights. Hope to see you there!

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  20. Stunning black and white party decor ideas! Happy New Year,
    Laura Casey

  21. Valorie HAPPY NEW YEAR...........thanks for the great advise good for any occasion, it all looked magical!
    Wishing you lots of fun and happiness for 2012
    Carla x

  22. Valorie, looking forward to your next post. Your ideas and creativity are so fresh and original. Happy New Year

  23. You are an inspiration, I love your ideas.
    Wishing you all the best for 2012

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