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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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New Year’s Eve Centerpiece Glam!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Dec 29, 2015 8:00:00 AM
New Year’s Eve Centerpiece Glam!
By the time New Year’s Eve rolls around, most of us are partied out. But, don’t let that stop you from treating your guests to a glamorous dinner or buffet table. I call this my five minute centerpiece. It’s so easy anyone can do it. No sewing, cutting or gluing! Don’t tell anyone you threw it together at the last minute! Let them ooh and aah!

I found almost everything in this centerpiece at Goodwill. Collect and gather when you see it. It won’t be there the next day. Buy those pretty ornaments in July; you never know when you might need them.

Start with a silver, or silver-plate tray. Don’t pass one up just because it’s tarnished. Polish it up or use it as is. I happen to like the rustic look of tarnished and worn silver. Lay two pine holiday sprays on the tray; leaving space in the middle of the tray.

I found a bubble glass light shade ($2.99) and a silver baby cup. The bead garland came off the Christmas tree.

Like all design projects, this one needed height. I placed the lamp shade in the cup in the center of the tray. Casually drape battery operated lights around the shade. I actually found this snowflake set at Goodwill. If you aren’t so lucky, they’re available at any craft store.

Then fill up the shade and tray with silver ornaments. Use several sizes. Be sure to arrange them all the way around, especially if you use it as a table centerpiece. The last thing is the bead garland. Let it hang over the edge and spill onto the table. You’re going for casual glam.

It looks so fancy your guests will be impressed.

I wish you a happy and healthy new year!

Topics: Merri Cvetan, Goodwill home interior expert Merri Cvetan, New Year's party, New Year's Centerpiece

  • New Year’s Eve Centerpiece Glam!

    I call this my five minute centerpiece. It’s so easy anyone can do it. No sewing, cutting or gluing! Don’t tell anyone you threw it together at the last minute! Let them ooh and aah!

  • New Year’s Eve Centerpiece Glam!
    I found almost everything in this centerpiece at Goodwill. Collect and gather when you see it. It won’t be there the next day. Buy those pretty ornaments in July; you never know when you might need them.
  • New Year’s Eve Centerpiece Glam!
    Start with a silver, or silver-plate tray. Don’t pass one up just because it’s tarnished. Polish it up or use it as is. I happen to like the rustic look of tarnished and worn silver. Lay two pine holiday sprays on the tray; leaving space in the middle of the tray.
  • New Year’s Eve Centerpiece Glam!

    I found a bubble glass light shade ($2.99) and a silver baby cup. The bead garland came off the Christmas tree.

  • New Year’s Eve Centerpiece Glam!

    Like all design projects, this one needed height. I placed the lamp shade in the cup in the center of the tray. Casually drape battery operated lights around the shade. I actually found this snowflake set at Goodwill. If you aren’t so lucky, they’re available at any craft store.