We’re joining forces with some of our favorite bloggers to share a Rustic New Year’s Tablescape for a virtual cocktail party today!
A big thank you to Vicki and Jenn of 2 Bees in a Pod for putting this fantastic blog hop together!
Celebrating the Season…
Every December, my family and I meet 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.
Both of my sisters have littles and it can become a bit chaotic when they’re sprinkled in the mix and we’re all spread out banquet style.
I never understood everything my sisters had to go through just to sit down and eat until I saw them simultaneously leaning over plates of ravioli and salad catching up on “the latest” while cutting up cheese pizzas, passing salt shakers down the table to my Dad, and reaching for extra napkins.
Watching my sisters that day made me realize how much fun it would be to host a ladies’ lunch to celebrate the New Year and all the hard-working Moms we’re blessed to know.
While there are a lot of glitzy parties on New Year’s Eve, this simple lunch is really easy to put together and a great way to have all of your favorite ladies over before the night’s festivities begin.
Here’s a look at how to create a rustic New Year’s tablescape that’s quick and easy…
*This post was updated in 2021
To start, 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, if you’re trying to keep this as casual and stress-free as possible use what you have on hand.
Since the New Year marks a special event, you’ll want to incorporate that in your decorations.
I printed these clocks out to use as place cards on card stock. Then added each person’s name to the clock faces.
Gathering Natural Elements…
Next, use simple seasonal decorations like nature-inspired elements or ornaments that complement your home’s holiday theme.
Just be sure anything you’ve gathered from nature is free from dirt, debris, and pests before you place it on the table!
We gathered cedar trees, pine cones, and sticks from around our property to keep things quick and easy.
Candles are always fun to help create a special ambiance too so make sure you include them if you have them.
Setting Up a Food and Drink Station…
If you have the space for it, set up an area you can keep the food and drinks together.
This is actually an old workbench 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.
Using these number tags as glass markers is festive and easy! After all, counting down to the New Year …3, 2, 1…is always so much fun!
Keeping the menu light and casual helps to 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 of time!
Finally, you’ll need a little something sweet after lunch consider serving 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 too.
Keeping Guests Comfortable…
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.
Super simple, right? And meaningful as well which feels like a festive win-win!
The New Year will be here before you know it so be sure to take time to enjoy your friends and family while you can!
Up next on the blog hop…
Also be sure to check out this post, Last-Minute New Year’s Tablescape Ideas, to find out how easy it is to decorate with ornaments too!