My favourite way to spend New Year’s Eve is around the table with close friends enjoying great conversation about the year gone by and the one ahead. So I was delighted when Manvi pulled together this wonderful New Year’s Eve bash full of colour and sparkle as part of the Tablescape 101 series. I love that this look embraces a budget approach to tablescape design. After all, with the excess and expense of the Holiday season it’s great to create a show-stopping look on a shoestring, right?! One of my favourite ideas is to use a roll of gold wrapping paper down the centre of the table as a table runner; it’s ideal for pulling all the smaller elements of the design together and it doesn’t matter if food, wine or wax get split on it as the festivities get more, well, festive! Another great tip for creating a cohesive tabletop is to echo the main elements of the scheme – colour, pattern and texture – in the smaller pieces. Here the metallic graphic on the salad plates ties in with the gold runner and stemware, which visually pulls the look together. To create a knockout centrepiece, try freehand painting with gold leafing liquid onto simple white vases and then fill with white peonies. Then pepper brightly coloured votives and flickering candles around the table to give a warm and welcoming feel. Finally, use leftover wrapping paper to make party hats and add a name tag to the top so that they double as fun placecards. All done? Great, all that’s left to do is to pop the bubbly on ice. Cheers! How will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve, folks?