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Rustic New Year’s Tablescape

Today is going to be such a fun day because I am joining forces with some fabulous bloggers for a virtual cocktail party. A big thank you to Vicki and Jenn of 2 Bees in a Pod for putting this fantastic blog hop together!


Late last week, my family and I met for dinner to celebrate one of my sister’s birthdays. Anytime the 12 of us are gathered around the table sharing a meal is definitely a special time. That being said, it can become a bit chaotic when the kids are sprinkled in the mix and we’re all spread out banquet style. I never realized the things my sisters had to go through just to sit down and eat with littles until I found myself right in the middle of two of them over dinner. In between mad games of tic-tac-toe and stories of Holiday Barbie I caught the sweetest glimpse of my sisters.

They were simultaneously leaning over plates of ravioli and salad catching up on “the latest” while snuggling a hungry baby, cutting up cheese pizzas and passing salt shakers down the table to my dad.

It was almost like a modern game of telephone when one of my sisters said, “Mom, ask CoCo if she got that funny text too!” as fits of giggles ensued.

These moments which are seemingly the most mundane moments are my favorite moments. Can we just give it up for all of the hard working moms this holiday season? They may be feeling like crazed bananas on the inside but on the outside they are cool as cucumbers.

It was watching my sisters catch up and playing family telephone at the table that made me think about hosting a ladies’ lunch to celebrate the New Year. I know there are a lot of glitzy parties on New Year’s Eve so this simple lunch would be really easy to put together and have all of your favorite ladies over before the night’s festivities begin.


Let me show you how easy this was to pull together. You’ll need a piece of fabric, tablecloth or table runner (this one was thrifted so it only cost a few dollars.)


I used mix and match dinner plates, salad plates and textured napkins. Honestly, you’re trying to keep this as casual and stress free as possible so use what you have on hand.


Since the New Year marks a special event, you’ll want to incorporate that in your decorations somehow. I printed these clocks out to use as place cards.


Next use simple seasonal decorations like nature inspired elements or ornaments that complement your home’s holiday theme.


Our home had a “Heaven and Nature Sing” theme this year so I decided to use cedar trees, pine cones and sticks from around our property.


Candles are always fun to help create a special ambiance too so make sure you include them if you have them.


If you have the space for it, set up an area you can keep the food and drinks together. This is actually an old work bench I painted and turned into an outdoor buffet. We use it all the time!


Creating a signature cocktail or mocktail is always fun to have on hand. This one is called Santa’s Florida Kiss which I’ll share with you how to make tomorrow.


I used these number tags as glass markers because counting down to the New Year …3, 2, 1…is exciting!


Keeping the menu light and casual will help cut down on any party preparation stress. A mix of nuts and dried fruit, cheese, crackers and smoked sausage,


an easy salad like this one with kale, spinach, blueberries and grilled chicken and a hearty soup will be pretty yet easy to throw together.


Bonus, most of this can be prepped ahead!

Finally, you’ll need something a little something sweet to serve after lunch. You could serve a festive yule log cake, seasonal truffles or Christmas cookies. We almost always wind up hanging out around the fire so we keep s’mores kits at the ready.


Don’t forget to make your friends comfortable by offering cozy blankets they can curl up with and


add lots of pillows around seating areas too.


See you guys…super simple!


2017 will be here before you know it so make sure to take time enjoy your friends and family this holiday season.


Be sure to check out these fabulous ladies!

See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share the Santa’s Florida Kiss cocktail recipe that’s sure to become a holiday favorite. Until then, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. New Year’s? You’re too much, I need your energy. I love cocktails and chocolate Coco! I’m on vacation, just heading over to say Merry Christmas. 🙂

    1. ha ha oh my word, Mary Beth, I’ve already started writing in my planner! I hope you and your family have a truly blessed and magical Christmas. You’re always one of my favorites. Sending you big hugs and warmest wishes, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy! This is the first year I’ve used greenery from around the property for holiday decorating. I don’t know what took me so long now that I see everything all prettied up 🙂 Hope your day has been a fun one, CoCo

  2. I love the idea of having a laid back lunch with friends to celebrate the New Year! Everything looks gorgeous, as always. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, CoCo!

    1. I appreciate you sweet Amy! I think about you all the time. I hope you’re enjoying lots of snuggle time with your kids and this holiday season is magical. Love and hugs, CoCo

  3. wow you went all out! love the grilled chicken and kale salad! Love the pine cones my favorite part! Have a great holiday and keep warm with those blankets.. enjoy

    1. You’re giving me the giggles Maria because salad is one of my few culinary specialties ha ha! I hope you and your family have a fabulous holiday. I can’t believe it’s almost here! Hugs, CoCo

  4. What a cozy party set up! I love the clock place cards – so creative! I so wish I could have an outdoor party this time of year! Happy holidays to you! 🙂

    1. Thank you bunches, Lydia! There are definitely some fabulous advantages to living in Florida this time of year. Hope you and your family have a super fantastic holiday. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! This space definitely gets used all the time throughout the year. It feels like the biggest blessing to have it. Hope your day was a fun one, CoCo

  5. CoCo, I LOVE the idea of hosting a casual New Year’s luncheon! How fabulous! And your outdoor table setting is divine – cozy, inviting and the perfect setting to gather with friends to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

    1. I so appreciate your kind words, Emily, thank you. Just so you know you’re welcome out here any day of the week. Sending you big hugs and warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas. May 2017 be your best year yet! CoCo

  6. I would love to be invited to this party, the drinks and finger foods (I can never have enough cheese!) look so delicious! I also love those clock place cards!


    1. Carrie, yes, oh my stars I am crazy for cheese too! Thank you so much for your sweet words. You are welcome at my table any time 🙂 Big hugs, CoCo

  7. Hey CoCo – This is a fabulous party idea! Your creativity knows no bounds. This inspires us to have a party for our friends too. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and cheers to a Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks so much for pulling all of this together ladies! It’s been so much fun partying with you and I love love love those reindeer! Gah, I just can’t get enough 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  8. I love your idea of a girls lunch, and the clock place holders are too cute! It was fun partying with you on this!

    1. I appreciate it, Roxanne! Any time you’re in town you know you’re always welcome here. I’ll pull out the stops for you 🙂 Merry Christmas and the happiest New Year sweet friend!

  9. I love that workbench turned buffet, how fun is that! All of your food looks delicious – can’t go wrong with a good salad and a cheese platter! Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you bunches, Meg! May 2017 be your most exciting year yet 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  10. I love the idea of a ladies’ lunch and your spread is absolutely beautiful!

    1. Oh man, I can’t even imagine what it feels like to live in cold weather. As soon as it gets below 70 I’m ready to break out the sweaters and mittens, Amanda! Sending you warm hugs from Florida. I hope you and your family have a happy holiday season, CoCo

  11. This is just gorgeous!! I can’t believe thats an old workbench you turned into such a beautiful buffet. Now i have to find an old workbench lolol Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you, Keitha! The workbench was in rough shape but I was able to get it for a great price. I swear a little paint covers a multitude of sins 🙂 Hope you and your family have a happy holiday season! Hugs, CoCo

  12. CoCo, I love the idea of a New Year Eve ladies lunch! What a fun idea and that plaid runner is fabulous. Your outside tablescape looks absolutely beautiful. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    1. I appreciate it, Tara, thank you so much! I hope you and your family have a Christmas to remember and your best year yet! Big hugs, CoCo

    1. I appreciate it, Samantha, thanks so much! Hugs, CoCo

  13. This is GORGEOUS! I’m a huge sucker for plaid, and with Robbie Burns’ Day coming up, I’ll be sharing this!

    1. I appreciate it, Sarah, thank you! My family loved your bacon-wrapped dates #hit 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe! Hugs, CoCo

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