Wednesday, December 28, 2011


I was excited about finally getting to create a New Years Eve tablescape...I think it all began when I found these wonderful star dishes earlier this year at the GW...they were 20.00 for 8 dinner plates and 8 salad plates .. ..I instantly that sure looks like a celebration ready to happen...Especially because Donna and Scott will stop by....maybe they will bring Michael and his family and Logan may even stop never know...

Sparkle and stars must be the theme...I wanted to do something a little more elegant then the normal hats and horns just for Larry and Minnina....The stars just set the right mood...Dean will love that..Leshele and Eric are sure to have some champagne... do you see those glass beads at the tip of each wire so shiny...Allen loves the flicker of the candles, and when they make the beads glisten such a romantic mood, he will be impressed....

I purchased this centerpiece from the GW when I was shopping with my daughter Michelle...I remember her asking just what I would want with that black rod iron thing with glass beads attached...Brittany would know right away what it could be...she has such knew immediately it would be painted white..I wish Cherish and Cris were here now I just know they would help paint.and then the glass beads would be sparkly when the candles are lit and the crystal would glow...Michelle and Fred will love this, dancing by candlelight ...Maybe Edna and Sergio will join them...yes yes yes...and for 3.00 the centerpiece was mine ...
Who knew I would have to individually wrap each glass bead with tape before I spray a job, then getting all that tape off, but I think the results were worth it...I am sure if Lauren were here she would have helped for careful of those pretty the new hair color...

The place card holders and small flower vases that match were a gift from my friend Mary...I love the old world element and still the starry night theme... Mary will be here for sure... I know she will want to sit by Hailey and Justin...
They have such energy and enthusiasm... they will be so excited to sit with the grown ups...

The small box at each setting is from Michaels and they were 1.00 each. I put a chocolate truffle in each box for a little treat..Ken loves chocolate and Gina will probably give hers to him too...but I'll bet they will save one for their neighbor Jimmy... I like making each place setting special... on this particular evening...each person has the truffle box with their initial, an ornament to take home and their own martini shaker to refill their martini......Ginger will love these...she deserves a fancy drink...Maybe even Edith will give one a try...

The special ornament gift that I have attached to each napkin was 3.00 each from Michaels...Deana and Jim will love the sparkle...and they will enjoy not having to do any chores this evening..they need a rest.... Spencer and Jonathan and Tayler should be here any time with the ice...Kayla is driving them....We're gonna need lots of ice....

I have used this mirrored tray before, it was a gift from my daughter Gina...I love it very much you know sparkly...

The chargers were 1.00 each from the is perfect for this setting and enhances that glitz and glamour you just gotta have for New Years Eve...... Mr. S always loves that kind of a good deal...

The flatware settings are vintage mismatched and engraved...just the right amount of shine and sparkle that coordinates
the stars...Great stars like Andrea and Nick... will be joining the festivities...I can tell there will be alot of dancing goin on, maybe we can learn some new moves...move over fred Astair oh I mean Jay ..what was I thinkin...

Time for a yummy martini then some bubbly champagne...yay. I think just punch for Adam and Dallas and Austin, that means you too shelbie and Brady and bubbly for you..and none for Aaron, Alex, Andrew, Cris and of course punch for Bella....I hope Jimmy tries the champagne though...I am sure he carried in all the bottles...what a great helper he is....

The glasses you have seen before are from Pottery Barn...They are my most favorite...I know Cherish and Cris are gonna love them modern and sleek....just their style....I see Chuck eyeing those cocktail shakers, perfect to keep his beer cold...Terrilynne is now giving him the

I think Angie and Josh must love the shiny silver ice bucket or is it the champagne...hummmm..I think they will start dancing after a couple of glasses....I know Lee and Louie will be waiting for the band, they love music and Carmen will be tapping her toe as usual

Our family has had it's share of good and bad, happy and sad, ups and downs this year.... I guess like all families ...We look forward to the New Year and a lot of new beginnings....


More and more we look at the New Year as a new adventure...a chance to RESTART our engines... refresh our self, our surroundings and maybe change things up a could be as simple as making a commitment to invest a little more in each day, every day...sounds pretty simple

I am thinking the more sparkle on the table the more exciting the whole next year will be..kind of like setting the stage for the next show...I'm ready...

How do you celebrate the ringing in of the New Year ? Do you have special things

you always do? I always wonder how many people really stay up to ring in the New Year. I would love to know about your traditions....Maybe you change it up from year to year...

I think it would be great if I could stay awake until midnight...I'm sure gonna try...but for Mr.S. he will never make it....but thats ok.....He is so special to me and I am always proud to be Mrs.S....

No party would be complete without Tina.... no need to call her twice, (especially for dinner) since she is a Tuxedo cat she is always ready for a black tie event...She will be greeting you at the door this evening... HELLO MAY I HELP YOU......MEOW (this is really MY house)

Let me know how you are going to enter the New Year, I hope it is with a hoot and a holler......

Thank you for indulging me in this post...I wanted to mention all the people I love and that mean so much to our family....

A special thank you to all my blog supporters this year ...I appreciate it so much when you return time and time again with your wonderful encouraging comments....So this is not only a New Years Eve Post it's a thank you for being out there and appreciating what I love to do. I hope that I have inspired you because you inspire me every day.... So here's to 2012 Cheers for the happiest, healthiest best year ever.. and a little sparkle can't hurt.....Phyllis

Please leave a comment by clicking on the word comment below...I love to hear from you...and I always appreciate you spending time AROUND THE HOUSE...

my romantic home attaching to susan between naps on the porch

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  1. What a magnificent table!!!! I love all of the sparkle and the centerpiece is spectacular.

    - The Tablescaper

  2. Could you please set a place for Suzyq??? Just stunning-I would feel so special to be sitting at this table. Happy New Year to you!!

  3. Just beautiful and impeccable my dear friend..another great table..May you have the best New year's ever girl..When Wally my late hubs was alive we always did something for New Years..Len is not really a social party type guy..Love ya my friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  4. What a fun and festive table. Happy New Year.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  5. Great finds at GW! I have a candleholder that is black, you have inspired me to get out the spray paint!! I think I have similar star plates that I found at an antique mall. I haven't even unwrapped them, but after seeing this table, I will be getting them out! I just love all the glitz and glamour, this came together just beautifully! So fun and inviting! Happy New Year!! Enjoy!

  6. What a stunning table! I would love to pull up a chair.

  7. I love love love your festive table! The gold stars in the plates and all the little "Gold & White" details are so well thought out! You have such a beautiful knack for creating a perfect tablescape! Susie

  8. Phyllis,
    WoW! The illumination of the light that dances around this tablescape is breathtaking, dear! I adore your use of gold, white and light! Tina is a beauty! (We lost our Tuxedo cat, Maurice, this year)Thank you for your sweet comment and visit On Crooked Creek! Stop by again, soon!

  9. This is so perfectly pretty, sparkly and stunning, Phyllis, a wonderful way to greet the coming new year. Happy New Year to all!..Christine

  10. WOW...what a FABULOUS New Year's table. It could not be more perfect!! And the price of these dishes is amazing-what a deal! Miss Tina is such a lovely nice of her to let you entertain in her house!

    Happy, Happy New Year!

  11. That is a party on a table! It will put everyone is a great mood. Love the star plates, and well, everything! It just sparkles!
    Happy 2012, Phyllis!

  12. i really like your plates because they have stars on them!:D

  13. Aw, Mom....that was just a lil emotional! What a beautiful tablescape....can't wait to see you in WOMAN'S DAY MAGAZINE. I'm so proud to have you as my mom. You are such an inspiration to me and reading your followers comments, an inspiration to them as well.

    New Years Eve for Fred and I will be a night dancing the night away and toasting champagne...while Lauren is visiting her SIS.

    Great JOB!

    Love you bunches and bunches!


  14. So very festive! I love it!
    Happy Sparkly New Year to you.

  15. Ummmm......WOW! So sparkly and glamorous! Perfect New Years table..ring it in with style!

  16. What a stunner of a table! I can't believe you got the beautiful plates for that price. They certqainly are perfect for New Years. Your candlabra just makes the table. I love how you have taken the pictures in such pretty candle light. Have a wonderful time at this fabulous table.

  17. Hello!!
    So pleased to meet you!!
    Your table is absolutely breathtaking!!
    I signed up to follow you too and in the next few days I will be spending some time visiting your blog!!

    Have a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!
    I will be working on New Year's Eve!


  18. What a gorgeous table. So elegant and stunning. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

    Jocelyn @

  19. Fabulous! I love the star dishes and what a deal. Everything is so sparkly and party time, for a stunning New Year's celebration. Here I'm wishing you a terrific and Happy New Year 2012.

  20. Hey gma its Lauren :)
    What a b-e-a utiful tablescape!!
    This was by far my favorite blog of yours!!
    I love you verry verrrrryyy much gma!
    Happy new years :)


  21. Nice set up for your table. Really worth the praise.

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  23. Your table is festive. I can't passed these dishes too, it's gorgeous! Thanks for the visit and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

    Tablescape Thursday

  24. Oh, my Lord, Phyllis! I think I've died and gone to Tablescape Heaven! Your table is truly stunning, gorgeous, beautiful! I love your starry dishes and your centerpiece is so pretty! You did good. Sounds like you have a wonderful GW near you!
    I wish you the best 2012 ever and here's to one more year of Blogging. You are truly an inspiration to us all!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  25. OH MY GOODNESS...Incredible, fabulous, dazzling, gorgeous, I am speechless! I ♥♥♥ this table...thank you, thank you for sharing it. And to think those beautiful dishes and centerpiece came from favorite place to shop.
    Happy New Year, Phyllis!

  26. Sitting in AWE!! My favorite places are the Goodwills also. Some great buys to be found!

    Adore this table! Happy New Year!!


  27. Oh my goodness glory, you take my breath away there sweetie. Listen...we're havin' our Christmas Saturday...ya wanna come set my table for me??? 'Just askin'.....


    God bless ya sweetie and have yourself a fantastic New Year!!! :o)

  28. This table is so pretty! I love all the sparkle and you put just the right touches on each and every place setting. Love the ornament and the little initialed boxes! That centerpiece is amazing and worth the work! I will celebrate with my daughter, SIL and Grand this year. So much fun. hugs, Linda

  29. You found such incredible elements for your table at such good prices. Wow! Bargain or not, your tablescape is gorgeous, and I'm so glad that you went the extra mile...or attach those magical glass beads to the centerpiece. This is a magnificent design. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Happy New Year! We'll probably celebrate our midnight hour by snoring in unison. Cherry Kay

  30. Phyllis, Thanks so much for stopping by my corner of the web and leaving a sweet comment.

    When I saw your New Year tablescape, my first thought was "I want to come to THIS party!" What a festive table. I love every detail. The GW star plates were a fabulous starting point!

    Thanks for following me. I'm following you now!

  31. Hi Phyllis,
    You have quite the festive flair with such an amazing table. So glad you stopped by. It's a pleasure to meet you. Now a follower. Wishing you the best for the new year!

  32. Hi Phyllis,
    Your New Year's tablescape is simply dreamy...So much sparkle and prettiness. Wishing you and all your loved ones a wonderful new year.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  33. My goodness, this is a very magical table, indeed. Just stunning and even prettier that you used thrift things. Just beautiful, Phyllis.
    Wishing you and yours all the blessings of the new year.
    xo bj

  34. OOO, and meant to add that we have a party every New Year's Eve with family and friends. Such fun and I am really looking forward to it.
    xo bj

  35. What a beautiful way to ring in the New Year! Your table is fabulous. Love those Goodwill dishes. Those were a great find! Hope you enjoy ringing in the New Year and I hope you have a wonderful 2012!

  36. I just became your newest follower. All that sparkle got me. The beaded things wow!

  37. Perfect combination of gold and glitter. I swear I saw similiar plates at my GW this summer and passed them by. I love all your special touches like the placecard holders and the little boxes to take home. Nice to mention all the people you love too! Happy New Year!

    Robin Flies South

  38. Dear Phillys,
    I wanted to take my time to read your blog because it is so tastefully and thoughtfully written that deserves to be read completelly.
    We have not seen you but we know you are doing great (Michelle and Fred always keep us posted).

    We loved and enjoyed reading your blog and we have to say that it is really impressing the way you describe every little detail. Not many people has that ability.
    We do admire you for that and lots more.... WE WISH YOU NOTHING BUT THE VERY BEST OF EVERYTHING FOR THE NEW YEAR 2012, and hopefully we will get to see you soon, especially when Lee's parents come to visit in February and they will stay in the USA until april.

    Much love
    Luis, Lee,and Carmen

  39. Oh my, your table is gorgeous. Thanks so much for the follow and I am now a happy new follower of your blog. Happy new Year!!!

  40. Phyllis, this is gorgeous! I just love every single sparkly detail! What a wonderful deal you got on the china and centerpiece. Love them both! So smart of you to see the potential for such a stunning table setting. Tina is sooo cute! Love her sweet face. What a glorious New Year's Eve this will be in your home.

  41. Thank you so much for your comment and for becoming my newest follower. All the best to you in 2012!



  42. You were the first person who commented on my first tablescape (just launched my blog a few days ago)--I really appreciated your comment-made my day! I love your NYE tablescape--it is so elegant! I especially like the star-themed dishes w/ gold chargers and the centerpiece with mirrored tray--stunning! Cheers and look forward to exchanging more tablescape ideas with you in 2012!

  43. What a fun, sparkly way to celebrate! Happy New Year-enjoy:@)

  44. Your table looks absolutely gorgeous!
    I love all of the gold and sparkle!

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year's celebration.

    White Spray Paint

  45. oh!!!!! its just magical!!!!
    Have the best dinner ever!!!!
    happy new year!!!

  46. This is such a beautiful table and lovely post. i love all the glitter and gold sparkle!

    I hope you and your family have a very Happy New Year!


  47. I do believe this is the most beautiful table setting I have ever seen in my entire life. Love all the glitter and sparkle. It's simply breathtaking!

  48. This is beautiful. I am swooning over that mirrored tray. Everything is perfect and it sounds like you had an amazing party. Happy New year! Dianne

  49. Wow, what a fantastic sparkly tables cape. Just perfect for New Years Eve. It is the prettiest I've seen and the most festive. I love the iron centerpiece that you painted white with the glass beads. You are so clever to have seen that at GW. The glasses are beautiful. The whole table goes together so well.

  50. Phyllis, your table is beautiful and absolutely magical. I love it and the star plates are just gorgeous!

    So good to hear from you again! Many blessings for this New Year.

    Hugs, Barb

  51. Phyllis, I LOVE your New Year's Eve table. It's so festive! The gold stars are perfect, and I love the gold chargers!

  52. This is sure a gorgeous tablescape, Phyllis! Who wouldn't feel special at such a wonderful table! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your oh-so-sweet comment! I am a new follower, too!

  53. Hi Phyllis!Thanks so much for stopping by and following my humble blog lol.Your blog is lovely the images are sooo pretty.Love the gold.

    Blessing to you for the New Year ahead!Im trying to follow you as well having some problems with the widget.

  54. This is amazing! I love stars and would have fought you for them if I was at the GW at the same time!! LOL! Thank you for following me! I am excited to go and read some more of your blog!

  55. You do have a wonderful flair for decorating Phyllis! I'm so glad you stopped in for a visit to my blog. I'm glad I came much inspiration!!
    Happy New Year!

  56. Just a gorgeous table setting. I love your GW centerpiece. I agree, more sparkle for the new year and many good things to you and your family. Thanks for stopping by and visiting me, Pam

  57. If there was an award for the best New Year's tablescape, you would win it Phyllis. I drooled over every picture and description. I usually still have my Christmas Table set for New Years. Shame on me. I am inspired to do better next year. Loved that you mentioned all those you love in your story. That repurposed centerpiece is a winner. We celebrate with dinner and cards with friends. We help keep each other awake until midnight. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous table.

  58. Love it!!! I have the same setting, lol. I decorated mine with brown and green acessories for Christmas, lol.

  59. Your tablescape is gorgeous! How exciting that you got so many wonderful elements for it from thrift stores. And I'm really glad that you cleared up the confusion about all the folks you mentioned. I was wondering how eight place settings could accommodate such a crowd. ;)

    Happy New Year!
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  60. Hello Phyllis!
    Big wow on this tablescape! Your GW find turned out awesome! I love the mirrored box! You also found those dishes at GW? Lucky dog!! I don't usually see anything that nice at ours. Love the coloring and glitz of your table! Happy New Year! Liz


    Your NYE tablescape is an award winner! Whew!

    I have never in my life seen a more perfect New Year's Eve table. It is absolutely stunning.

    My jaw is still slack, wow wow wow!!!

    I ESP liked the part about you all dancing! My hubs and I have been taking dance lessons. Maybe one day we'll join you! And YES to Fred Astaire, I am with ya on that one!!!!

    Happy New Year, new friend!!!

    PS I fixed that link problem you sweetly told me about. I didn't even know it was missing! Thank you SO MUCH!!!

  62. How lovely, Phyllis! So festive! Greetings to Tina from the staff! I hope that your 2012 is off to a great start! Happy Saturday!...hugs...Debbie

  63. what kind of camera are you using. seems to be nice. i really like your decorations. and i will be back. maybe one day i will do a blog - should i ever learn how to do that.

  64. For those of you that have been so kind to comment on the camera is a Nikkon is new and I love it alot...still learning how to use all the features....

  65. What a beautiful tablescape! Everything is so festive and to think it all started with the thrift shop dishes. What a buy!
    Thank you so much for being a follower of my blog.
    Nancy @ Two Cottages And Tea

  66. That table is a dream scape. Totally magical. Thank you for sharing. I would so love to have those dishes with the stars on.

  67. Love all the sparkle and shine!!! My New Yrs Eve table wasn't as jazzy as yours. Gorgeous!

  68. So happy to meet you and thank you for following. It's always a surprise to be discovered by a new reader and to return to their blog. Your tablescape is on fire! Absolutely a party for the eyes. Wish you could visit and set my table with so much inspiration. TYFS!

  69. What a wonderful, magical NYEve table setting! Gorgeous.
    And Tina -- what a modern lady she is, sporting a snazzy Tuxedo.
    Lovely, fun, sweet post.
    And GREAT GW buys!

  70. Wow this looks just stunning! What an elegant setting, I can't wait to use some of these ideas :) - Cathy Pieroz at Ray White Alexandra Hills

  71. What a beautiful table! The gold is so perfect for NYE!

  72. Hi Phyllis! You had SO much momentum going in this post that I had to go back a second time to view the pictures lol!

    Sounds like you have lots of family and friends close by. You are SO lucky!

    Your table is absolutely magnificent! The GW sure is good to you... and I bet you give you share back to it at times.

    That's what I will have to do in order to get my household downsized as we may be moving AGAIN! Here just one year and The Mr. is now working in San Diego. I am not even settled yet...

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  73. Phyllis, This table is magnificent. I am in love with the sparkly centerpiece that you painted. It looks like icy crystals on tree branches. Your table is beautiful and your entire post is fun. Dianne

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