I previously shared my mantel, decorated for our New Year’s celebration. Another of our traditions (we are big on traditions) is to leave the lights on the Christmas trees after I remove the Christmas ornaments. We then throw (I’m serious) New Year’s hats, streamers, beads, etc. onto the trees and turn them into New Year’s trees.
We don’t do much of a celebration on New Year’s Eve any more. I stayed up to watch the ball drop in New York, which was an hour ahead of the guitar drop on Beale Street in Memphis (which is in our time zone).
We will be celebrating the beginning of 2014 with an afternoon dinner of the Southern “good luck” staples of black eyed peas, cabbage, pork, and cornbread.
I’m using my red ruffled placemats, topped by my glass, gold-beaded chargers, my plaid bordered plates (Fitz and Floyd Country Plaid-I was so fortunate to find these at a deep discount in a store that was going out of business several years ago), a New Year paper plate, and a clear glass plate.
I’m using a plastic stem for iced tea, next to a fancy wine stem! I used a plaid Christmas cocktail napkin as a coaster.
Sheer fabric with gold stars is topped by a gold stand and a clock with streamers.
I printed a picture of a clock to cover the other side. The mugs hold black and white confetti. (That may be a mistake if we start throwing confetti during our meal!)
I try to make the children’s table similar to the adult table, so they won’t feel pushed aside during a celebration. Instead of gold, I used silver on their table, and instead of glass and china, I used plastic and paper on their table.
I topped a black ruffled place mat with a dollar store throw away tray; a paper dinner plate; then a paper New Year’s dessert plate, and finally a clear plastic plate.
I may have made another mistake, using horns on the children’s table!
Confetti always gets “served” from my Auld Lang Syne bowl.
Wishing all of you a wonderful 2014! 2013 was a roller coaster ride for our family. It began with our grandson been born prematurely at one pound, 14 ounces, and having many, many ups and downs while he was hospitalized for over four months. It has ended with that grandson being a healthy 17 pound one year-old. We have been blessed. laurie