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Guest Blog Post: “Do Green. Do Good.” And Go Fab for New Year’s Eve by Repurposing Decorations

Sharon Ringiér is founder and president of Sharon Ringiér Events. She is a friend (and exhibitor) of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s. With the New Year approaching, Sharon shares some fun, creative and sustainable ways to repurpose holiday decorations for a fabulous New Year’s Eve party tablescape that can last into January.


No sooner had you unwrapped your Hanukkah and Christmas presents, exchanged the gifts you don’t really want, and hit those post-holiday sales…when it suddenly dawned on you: “What will I do to make my New Year’s Eve party memorable?!”

How about creating a party table that really “pops and sparkles?” You can “Do Green. Do Good.” and Go Fab with some tablescape tips using recycled and repurposed holiday decorations. It’s easier and more fun than you think.

Nothing makes a party more extraordinary than to make a celebration that tells a story from the moment your guests arrive. What is the first thing your guests experience when they enter the room? Create a mood that excites the senses and inspires feelings. Even if the décor budget is minimal, you don’t have to spend an exorbitant amount of money to create a warm and welcoming mood.

For example, regardless of what you’re doing, there is always room for fantastic smelling candles. Here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Use various candle holders, wine glasses or bowls and floating candles.
  • Another way to incorporate a fresh scent is to use cut fruit in your arrangements. Using lemons always gives a fresh, clean smell by cutting them in half, inserting a pick and placing it in your arrangement.

There are many other ways to tell a story or make a memorable event without busting your budget, just by recycling, repurposing and reusing your holiday decor. Here are some tips:

  • Take leftover wrapping paper and use it as a runner on the table.
  • Work with different textures. For example, a matte finish with metallics creates movement. Using different style vases creates interesting contrasts.
  • Once the tree is down, reuse your ornaments by placing them in a bowl or apothecary to add a pop of color to your table.
  • Repurpose candle holders as a way to hold your flatware on the buffet or as a vase to hold flowers.
  • For table settings, mix and match your china. This gives your table character and a new look.
  • Use different vessels (that are food safe) as a way to display your nuts and candies.

Nothing warms the heart of your guests more than seeing the personal touches that you’ve added to make the celebration special. Therefore, when you start planning, immediately think of ways to be unique.

  • Adding signature drinks and giving them a special name for your New Year’s celebration is so much fun! How you display it will be the added touch that keeps your guests talking for days. Find an old tray that you haven’t used and line it with wrapping paper.
  • Use an old picture frame as a tray.
  • Incorporate old clocks (they don’t have to work) into your décor to signify “Father Time.”

Finally, if you do not have enough space to create a bar or serving station, simply elevate your cutting board with a few glass blocks and cover with fabric/linen.

Whatever you do, have fun and think creatively. I promise it’ll be a wonderful event, and you’ll create a tablescape that can last well into January.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Sharon Ringiér


Shown below is Sharon Ringiér’s fanciful “Alice in Wonderland” meets “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” tablescape created for the 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

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