Silly party hats, colored eyeglasses, and shiny beaded necklaces are a New Year’s tradition so it seems fitting to keep entertaining light hearted, even for a formal dinner. These plates with whimsical animal characters created by Kaaren Anderson of Solveig Studio were my inspiration.
With all of the vibrant colors in the salad plates, I decided to keep the larger plates and table linens white so that the characters took center stage and the table didn’t look overly busy.
I picked fuchsia as the lead color in the centerpiece by adding some curled fabric ribbon and a live flowering plant. I made the base of the centerpiece by tying together a variety of seasonal evergreens along with some small houseplants. I had fun shopping at a party supply store where I selected bead necklaces to use as napkin holders and glittered ornament place markers.