New Year’s Day Table Setting with Lenox Winter Greetings

Welcome to the 277th Tablescape Thursday!

So how was your first day of 2014? I hope it was awesome!

Yesterday I had 10 friends over for a New Year’s Day dinner. I barely remembered to snap a few pics of the tables before everyone arrived. Since there were 10 of us, I ended up setting the dining room table for 6 and the breakfast table for 4.

The centerpieces for each table were similar, but different. I wish I could show you both in the same post but I just didn’t have enough time after the party ended to get all the pics ready. Promise to share the dining room soon. In the meantime, here are a few pics I manage to snag of the table in the breakfast room.

New Year's Day Winter Party Tablescape


I decided to use my Lenox, Winter Greetings china for the party. I didn’t think to take a close-up shot of the china but here’s a photo from a previous tablescape showing how it looks. I love this pattern because though it has a Christmas vibe, it really works well even into winter with the birdie theme.

Lenox Winter Greetings Dishware


I placed horns on the bread plates at each setting. We had some serious fun with those later in the night. You may remember the tall mercury glass tree and deer from this previous Christmas table setting: Sparkle with a Touch of Whimsy. I decided to go with a winter theme for the tables and the mercury glass tree along with the silver glittered deer had that winter feel.

For a little extra sparkle and fun, I filled the wine glasses with silver shred tinsel. Later in the evening when we were sitting down to dinner, I dumped the tinsel out. By then everyone already had a wine glass (or champagne glass) from earlier in the evening so the wine glasses on the table weren’t needed.

The Butternut Squash soup recipe I shared a couple of days ago was a big hit, will definitely be making it again sometime. It’s going into my regularly used recipe arsenal–so good with toasted pumpkin seeds on top. Β This was the first time I’ve used the acorn soup tureens for a dinner party and they worked great at keeping the soup warm until we all sat down for dinner.

I surrounded the tree with fresh greenery and berries from my nandina bushes. The greenery is left over from Christmas decorating over a month ago! I almost discarded it since I didn’t need it after I finished decorating the porches. For some crazy reason I kept it, storing it in the garage. I couldn’t believe it was still fresh enough to use! Since it had lasted so well out in the garage, I was able to use it on both tables.

Snowflake confetti continued the winter theme for this tablescape.

New Year's Party Tablescape Table Setting



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I placed a New Year’s hat in each chair. The group eating in the dining room kidded the group in the breakfast room during dinner, saying they (the breakfast room diners) were sitting at the kids table. I think they had it reversed because the folks in the dining wore their hats through the whole meal and gave the horns a good workout while the folks sitting at the breakfast table abstained from hat wearing and didn’t partake in the horn blowing very much. πŸ™‚ We were a rowdy bunch in the dining room!

New Year's Day Winter Party Tablescape 3_wm


The hats reminded me so much of the Pottery Barn Knock-off clock plates I made last year. (Tutorial to make the clock plates can be found here: Make Vintage Clock Plates, A Pottery Barn Knock-off



So, that’s the table in the breakfast room…will post the dining room table soon.

Happy New Year, dear friends!

New Year's Day Winter Party Tablescape



Update: Sharing the other New Year’s table I created in this post: New Years Dinner Party With a Winter Theme

New Year's Table Setting Tablescape

Looking forward to the beautiful tables linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. OMG how beautiful-
    I love the white chargers – where did you purchase them?
    I love looking at your blog, its always so inspiring –
    Have a fantastic 2014 everyone’
    Much love,

  2. Happy New Year Susan! Your table looks lovely all set up for New Years Day dinner. I love the Lenox Winter Greetings china pattern, the cardinals are perfect to cheer up the dining table on a cold and dreary winter day. We have about eight inches of snow out on the patio right now, with four or more inches expected over the next day or so. I think cardinals will be populating my table and brightening it up by the end of today.

    • Wow! Eight inches…that some serious snow! And 4 more on the way? I see snowmen and snowball fights in your future. πŸ™‚

      • I may get out and fill the bird feeders tomorrow, other than that it is to darn cold for these old bones. We are expecting temperatures drop as cold as 12 below zero over the next few days. My husband did shovel a path for the stray cat that has been coming around for food. I believe this little guy was abandoned when a neighbors house was foreclosed on. I’m thinking of letting him into the garage to sleep during this cold snap.

  3. Love the horns and the reindeer napkin rings! Happy New Year!

  4. Love your tinsel-filled glasses and party horns at your table Susan! I’m a sucker for dishes with birds and I’ve always admired the Winter Greetings pattern! Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!

  5. I love your attention to detail! What a fun table!

  6. I love this table! That Lenox pattern always looks great, and the deer napkin rings and centerpiece are wonderful.

  7. Your table looks so pretty. A bright spot for a winter’s day. xo Laura

  8. Good morning Susan,
    I wish you a happy, serene and healthy 2014!
    And… I’m already looking forward to all your posts in 2014. πŸ™‚
    ~Hugs to you~
    P.S. Love that “kids table”! πŸ˜‰
    Your friends are lucky to have you! πŸ™‚

  9. Good morning Susan,
    I wish you a happy, serene and healthy 2014!
    And… I’m already looking forward to all your posts in 2014. πŸ™‚
    ~Hugs to you~
    P.S. Love that “kids table”! πŸ˜‰
    Your friends are lucky to have you! πŸ™‚

  10. I have always LOVED your Lenox Winter Greetings china, Susan! I look forward to seeing the set up in the dining room later on.
    Soooo, how was the squash soup???? I’ve had pumpkin soup before & thought it was awful. I sure hope YOUR soup was delicious.
    Thank you for hosting TT this morning. You have to be exhausted!!! I’m still recovering from Christmas!

    • Rett, it was sooo good. I highly recommend that recipe. I think you would love it. Everyone wanted to know what was in it and how it was made. I was so surprised by how warm it stayed in the tureens. The roasted pumpkin seeds on top tasted so good! lol I am pretty tired. After everyone left, I stayed up to wash the silver since food left on silver over night isn’t good. Then I downloaded the pics I had taken and created the post. I got to bed around 3:30-4:00 AM so if my post sounds wonky or has any misspellings, you know why. πŸ™‚ It was totally worth it, though…so much fun! Today I’ll finish the cleanup and start taking down the Christmas decor…not looking forward to removing the decorations, I’m still enjoying them so much. Maybe I’ll leave ’em up a while longer. πŸ™‚
      Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your beautiful family!

  11. …and A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU, your son and daughter-in-law and of course the expected new bundle of joy that will be arriving shortly.
    Gorgeous table as usual, Susan. Was thinking of you while after Christmas sale shopping when I spotted some Mercury Glass Christmas trees as first thing I did was flip them over to see if they were hollow. Suspect they may have been due to their weight but wasn’t brave enough to remove their bottom to confirm the situation, so opted not to purchase them as I just wasn’t certain. Secondly recalling yours; they were not as detailed or near as pretty. ☺
    Glad you had a wonderful time New Years Eve. Warm hugs -Brenda-

    • Thanks, Brenda! Happy New Year to you and your family!
      You know, I was wondering about that very thing recently. I have some mercury glass trees purchased from Marshalls and HomeGoods that have a covering on the bottom that feels like it could be removed, and the trees are obviously hollow. But I started thinking, wonder if they would handle the heat of the lights okay? The trees I have from Pottery Barn that were open on bottom, actually came with directions explaining how to use the lights up inside of them, so I know they are okay to use with lights, but I wonder if it would be okay to use others that aren’t really designed specifically to use with lights. I wish I had taken time to put lights up inside the tall tree I used for the breakfast room, but I had already packed all that stuff away so would have been hard to dig them back out.

      • Good point Susan as I too would be concerned about the heat from the lights as once had the experience with a glass bowl with floating candles, shatter in pieces. (Had followed the instructions to ‘the T”.) Notice that on PB website, they are very specific as to how many lights should be put in their trees so I would suspect one should be guided accordingly. ☺ -Brenda-

  12. I’ve been waiting to hear about your party, Susan. Your table looks great – so much detail, I’m sure your guests oohed & ahhed! Love those Lenox plates, too. Happy New Year!

    • Thanks, Rita! I wish I had taken a photo of the roast when it was done and how I displayed it. I always struggle with figuring out how to display roasts, turkey, ham etc… This year I used kale on the platter and it was so pretty since it was curly. lol I think I’ll use it each time for serving meats on platters. I’ll share some more pics soon. πŸ™‚

  13. Loved the table setting, very striking. Can’t wait to see the dining room .

  14. Beautiful and festive! Sounds like a fun party. Happy New Year Susan!…Christine

  15. Sounds like a great party, Susan. I love those dishes because, as you said, they can be used even after Christmas. I like things I can use for longer periods of time, mostly because I’m too lazy to frequently change things around. πŸ™‚ Your tablescape, as always, is lovely. Blessings for a wonderful new year. β™₯

  16. Your dinner parties look SO FUN! Salute’ franki

  17. Linda Leyble says

    Hi Susan…seems like you had a very lovely party. You always do such pretty tablescapes! Here’s wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!


  18. Hi Susan! It sounds like you had a fantastic time at your dinner party! As soon as I saw those horns on the table I knew there would be some partying! What is it about a tooter that people cannot resist? I love those dishes every time you use them. They are great for the entire snowy season. We have 3 pair of cardinals in our yard this winter enjoying our birdseed, and many chickadees and nuthatches like the birds on your plates and I could look at them all day. I can’t wait to see your dining room table. Did you assign seats or let people choose? Happy, happy New Year to you and I wish you many good moments of joy! Linda

    • Oh, Linda…that is soooo sweet! I love, love, love seeing the cardinals coming to my feeders and deck bird bath in pairs. I’ve seen two pairs at the feeders/birdbath at times. Sometimes they will chase each other but lately they seemed to be playing nice. Do your three pairs let each visit the feeders at the same time?
      I know, I could too…look at them all day. They bring so much joy to me as I wash dishes or work in the kitchen. I’ve had sooo many bluebirds this winter. I always have a few but since putting the heated birdbath on the deck, I see them all the time, all throughout the day. I think some are juveniles…have a good many visiting this winter. Happy 2014 to you, sweet friend!

      • Susan, Our male cardinals are very territorial! As long as they are all hopping about on the grass they tolerate each other but with a wary eye, but they chase each other from the feeder. Then they each sit on a different nearby bush while the females feed. I wish we could attract some bluebirds! I put up the special houses but someone else always moves in. I’ll keep trying!

  19. Hi lovely lady.
    Thanks so much for having your linky party for us today” Your Tablescape for the New Year is Beautiful as always. I hope you have a wonderful 2014 New Year.

  20. What a great way to kick off the year! Love your horns! Can’t wait to see the rest!

  21. Hello dearSusan!
    First I want to thank you for all you’ve shared with us throughout 2013 and for the awesome party each Thursday, as tablescaping is what I love most and my love for dishes…..and speaking of it, this table is marvelous, from the gorgeous Lenox dishes to the horns….as always, you are a master tablescaper!
    May the new year bring you only happiness!

  22. Sounds like such a fun party, Susan. That silver tree makes such a statement. I’m going to be on the lookout for something similar to that. I have a small set of dessert plates in the Winter Greetings pattern. I love that pattern. I had hats and horns on my tables on NY Day too. The children were the only ones who blew the horns, and I don’t think anybody ever put on a hat. My dinner sounds dull compared to yours. thank you for the linky. laurie

    • A dinner at your home could never be dull, Laurie! If I had been there, I would have been wearing that hat and blowing that horn! You would have probably taken it away from me after a while. πŸ˜‰ Happy New Year to you! XO

  23. Susan, sounds like you all ushered in the day in style. We only had six for dinner last night, and our meal was very simple. No hats or horns, but there was plenty of lively conversation. Beginning a new year in the company of good friends is always a treat. Hope your black-eyed peas were good. My “chef” ended up adding another can of the Rotels late yesterday. He said the cans are now smaller and felt it needed more kick. Ours were delicious!
    Happy New Year! Thanks for the friendship across the miles of Blogland. ~ Sarah

  24. Susan – I think your breakfast table is wonderful! That very tall mercury glass tree is fabulous. I own Lenox “Winter Song” plates, which I am using in my next post. It, also, works for Christmas and for any winter tablescape. Love that versatility! I can certainly understand why the Butternut Squash soup in the acorn covered bowls was a hit. I sounds delicious and the bowls are so pretty. Wishing you a very happy and prosperous 2014!!

  25. Linda Page says

    Do you think per chance the diners in the dining room were rowdier because the hostess was there to encourage them??????? Sounds like a great party! I am so glad the soup was a hit! Your breakfast table is beautiful, as usual. Happy 2014!

  26. Hi, Susan,
    I love your table, as usual. It’s hard to believe another year is starting again. I wish you a wonderful year of health and new beginnings. I’ll look forward to your blogs this year full of inspiration, imagination, and lovely images. Happy New Year!! Rosie

  27. Susan,
    Glad you posted this tablescape. It reminded me that one of my neighbors gave me a small casserole dish last year in this pattern. I didn’t even pull it out this year..I should see if I can add to it..wonder if it’s open stock? Maybe I’ll get lucky and find another piece somewhere at Home Goods or TJMax or BBB. I could use my 20% off coupons at BBB.

  28. Juanita in OH says

    Talk about starting off the New Year with a bang, this is over the top wonderful! Another of my favorite parts is that your table was silly and loads of fun, LOL. I agree that the dining room folks were at the children’s table. The Acorn Soup recipe sounds delightful. Awesome post and TFS.

  29. This is such a beautiful, fun table. I love the Lenox china, and what a good idea to put tinsel in the wine glasses. You and your guests must have had lots of fun! As a new participant in these tablescapes, I am impressed and amazed by everyone’s energy and creativity. And I’m getting loads of great ideas!

  30. I love the glass Christmas tree in the center of the table. What beautiful tablescapes! Definitely an art to creating such beauty for your guests. Happy New Year!

  31. Susan, your friends are so very lucky to have dinner parties at your house. Fell in love with your Lenox Winter Greetings plates; received four of the WG Cardinal Accent Plates for Christmas and pieces of that group will definitely be high on my Birthday & Mother’s Day Wish Lists. It’s almost a game now to spot pieces that travel around in your posts; those precious deer with the white fur collars & your rabbit planter that I look forward to appearing again in the spring. Thank you for the work & creativity you share with us. Here’s to a joy filled 2014 for you & your family!

  32. Happy New Year, Susan, and thank you again for hosting Tablescape Thursday! It’s always a joy to see what you and other tablescapers around the globe are up to! Just for the record, I would have been with the dining room group for this party! πŸ™‚

  33. sandra todd says

    You have inspired me to try tablescapes. But I’m not a.blogger. Any suggestions on how I can share?

    • I don’t know of any way to participate in the party since you need a place to link to where readers can find your pictures. Sandra, start a blog at Blogger. It’s free and Blogger leads you through it step by step. You can have a blog up in minutes, literally! You will love playing and tweaking it, and you’ll have a place to post your table settings! Just google Blogger and you’ll find the site and it will lead you through setting up a blog.

  34. I definitely would want to be in the dining room with the hat wearing bunch! However, the kitchen table looks fabulous, as I KNEW it would. You do everything so well! I am sure your guests felt especially lucky to have been invited.

    Looking forward to more pictures.

  35. What a very timely way to start the new year. Your guests must always be awed by the effort you put into your tables and the creative spirit it reflects. I don’t know how many more tables are in me, but I look forward to sharing.

  36. susan,
    i would love to be a guest at one of your sit-down dinner parties!
    your tablescapes are beautiful and heartwarming!

  37. How fun to see a “real” party table! So many of us do our ‘scapes for imaginary people! I also have a real person in my post. Can’t wait to see your dining room table too, this one is so pretty, and those horns are so neat! Cute reindeer and reindeer napkin rings too!

    Happy New Year!


  38. Susan, I know your guests felt so special so sit at that gorgeous table! I’ve admired your mercury glass tree for some time, now. I love seeing all the different ways you use it in your decorating! Thanks for hosting another fun party! Happy 2014!!

  39. Susan,
    Christmas 2012, “Mr. Ed” and I conversed concerning having a New Year’s Day Brunch in 2014!!!
    Things were looking positive for this new adventure…
    until I received a Wedding invitation from a former student. What a “perfect” statement to begin a new adventure in a couples life. I am so grateful that “Mr. Ed” & I were able to attend. So~o~o that being said, We may begin a new Tradition in 2015!!!
    I adore the glistening tree in your centerpiece!!!
    Thank you for always inspiring with amazing tablescapes…and for hosting each week!!!

  40. Happy New year Susan. What a beautiful table and that mercury xmas tree is quite the showpiece. The dinnerware is gorgeous and I do adore the chargers who got at Horchow Always a pleasure to visit and see your gorgeous table.

  41. Very cool tablescape design. I had a similar one from a party years ago, when we hosted holiday parties. Those days are over, but will still need some ideas for potlucks and such. Great post!

  42. Happy 2014, Susan! Thanks so much for hosting every week.
    Your table looks lovely! I had to stop myself from buying some of that pattern the other day when I was in Lenox Outlet. Such a great sale! I stopped myself though, as I have the Lenox Tartan, Holiday and Christmas Eternal. How many sets can you have? πŸ™‚ 75 off plus a coupon for another 20 off. I may go back, it is good for a few more days.

  43. I haver tyotyally lost track of what day it is so am late to the party but I made it:):) Love the mercury glass tree and that deer is wonderful!! I have a THING for deer, where did you get that? Hoping we get to see the dining room table too! Thanks for hosting, Susan.

  44. yikes, what happened to the word, “totally”??????

  45. Susan, Your table settings are gorgeous and thank you sooo much for showing the Lenox Winter Greetings china being used for Christmas AND New Years!!

    I just bought it to use this year and was looking for ideas. Was desperately hoping for some inspiration that would include using it beyond Christmas and you’ve got my mind in a whirl of possible ideas now.
    Thank you again!

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