In holiday decorations, as in many other things, everything old is new again. Why not ring in the New Year with vintage décor, sort of a quantum leap in décor? Vintage art décor New Year’s Eve noisemakers are wonderful, lithographed tin finds. You can pick up several colorful varieties at Ruby Lane for between $20 and $50, and still have money in your budget for a little bubbly.
Speaking of champagne and things that sparkle, drink that nectar of the holiday gods in vintage champagne flutes of crystal or antique glass. Flutes by Baccarat Malmaison, Waterford, Lalique, Bohemian glass, and others live on Ruby Lane and are just waiting to be found. OR, you could take out your own family heirloom flutes and wine glasses to set your New Year’s table.
Old silver and gold tableware is made for December 31st, as are vintage gold and silver lamé table linens.
Some Haviland china is edged in gold and looks fantastic on a holiday table. Many other place settings come in gold or silver designs and are paired with crystal glassware and serving pieces. Even Corelle made a set of milk-white dishes edged in gold wheat designs that look fantastic with gold accents. Vintage gold and silver charges also look amazing under white plates. Hang glass snowflake ornaments in your windows.
Don’t put away that Christmas tree yet, especially if you have gold and silver vintage aluminum trees. The 12 Days of Christmas have just begun, anyway, but the gold and silver trees with matching ornaments can grace a New Year’s party, too. Hang tiny antique bisque baby dolls and Frozen Charlottes from the branches, and top the tree with a vintage top hat; even a doll’s hat will do. Use yards of vintage gold netting to swathe the tree, and write the year in glitter on old, white ribbons. If you collect old bottles, especially old wine and champagne bottles, or old corkscrews and corks, arrange them around your tree.
Antique baby doll figurines and dolls, vintage Alexander, Horseman, Effanbee, and Arranbee babies in white dress, or naked wearing a ribbon and top hat, could serve as Baby New Year. There are also vintage Baby New Year and Father Time dolls out there you could hunt for. If you collect snow babies, get them out and create a display on a window sill or in a shadow box created from an antique doll house or an old crate lined with vintage cotton batting.
If you collect teddy bears, take out the white bears and arrange them around a collection of old party hats and noisemakers, even let the bears wear a hat or two. If you want inspiration for how to pose a teddy bear in general, look to Dare Wright’s Lonely Doll books featuring Mr. Bear and company for ideas.
Gold and silver vintage tinsel ornaments scattered here and there, or collected in old apothecary jars, glass bowls, and trifle dishes make wonderful accent pieces that remind us of the New Year. If you collect antique calendars, open them to January, or just hang them around the room. Do the same if you collect antique Happy New Year’s cards, or display them in clear postcard frames on tables, hutches, and other hard surfaces.
Gold, silver, black, white, evergreen, pearlescent, and crystal iridescent are all terrific color palettes for using what you already collect to make New Year’s Eve festive as well as decorative. A collection of old clocks grouped together with old men figurines would also be striking.
The sky’s the limit, have fun, be joyful, and above all, have a Happy and Peaceful New Year’s Eve!!
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