15 Essentials to Elevate Your New Year's Day Brunch Tablescape

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Setting an intention for the new year is a great way to focus on what is important for you to prioritize or work on as the calendar flips to January. What better way to enter the next 12 months than sharing a delicious meal with the people you love? Of course, any feast with your favorite folks is cause for celebration. Adding a few beautiful pieces or decorations to your table makes your brunch even more special for the entire bunch. Take a look at a few items that can help you make this New Year’s Day celebration a meal to remember.

Jusalpha Square Embossed Lace Ceramic Plate

Lace plate


This beautiful ceramic plate from Jusalpha evokes a vintage look with an embossed lace print. The unexpected square shape adds interest. Once your guests have had their fill, you can just pop it in the dishwasher. This stoneware is also microwave safe—it also comes in an 8-inch square version as well.

Winston Porter Postell Stainless Steel Bread Basket

Stainless leaf bread basket


Your guests won’t be able to “leaf” your muffins alone when served in this unique Winston Porter Postell bread basket. With a depth and height of almost 16 inches, this dishwasher-safe piece will hold a bounty of breads or whatever you choose to serve in it.

Wrought Studio Crompond Rectangular Porcelain Platter

wave platter


This Wrought Studio dish makes waves wherever it goes! The versatile two-piece set goes from microwave or oven to dishwasher easily.

Saro Lifestyle Embroidered Swirl Design Linen Blend Napkin (Set of 4)

Linen-blend napkin


Take your pick from four finishes on this serving set from Year & Day. This hand-finished set can be washed in the dishwasher—it is advised that it be removed to air dry promptly. These pieces don’t settle just for salad. Use them to serve your guests any delight you dream up.

H&M 2-pack Marble Cheese Knives

Cheese knives


Don’t grab just any old knife from your kitchen drawer. Get out the good stuff like this two-piece set that features stainless steel blades and porcelain, marble-look handles.

Nambé Novelty Acacia Wood Cheese Board

Acacia cheese board


Three attached circles may form a seasonal scene on this piece from Nambé, but the beauty of this rich wood is perfect any time of year. It comes with a top hat-shaped cheese knife for a bit of whimsy. Swap out for a knife of your choice for everyday elegance.

IITTALA Kastehelmi Tall Jar

crystal jar

The new year is a time for new beginnings. If you are setting an intention for the annum to come, try placing this jar, in three versions, on your table and invite your guests to add a slip of paper with their intention words for 2023.

Tritan Plastic Drinking Glasses

Drinking glasses


Does your celebration include tiny hands? Believe it or not, this set of six glasses is made of acrylic even though they look like something you might find in a china cabinet. And you don’t have to worry about drops shattering your 2023 zen on the first day. You can put these BPA-free glasses in the dishwasher and use them for the next soiree.

Charlton Home Banda 80 oz. Pitcher

Plastic pitcher


To continue the table tragedy-free theme, this large 80 oz. pitcher from Banda looks like cut crystal but it’s also acrylic—it is lightweight and easy to handle.

Darby Home Co Patrica Scroll Tablecloth

Scroll tablecloth


Pick from four colors and seven sizes and drape your table in this sturdy, satiny tablecloth. The polyester piece has a double lining so it stands up to whatever you dish out during your dining adventures. If you need to smooth things over, never fear: you can iron this tablecloth.

Chilewich Metallic Lace Runner



If a tablecloth seems too much, make a big statement with this stylish and unique table runner from Chilewich. Choose from gold or silver tones in this eye-catching vinyl accent for your buffet. Just wipe it down when you see a spill and it is ready to keep dazzling.

Misette Cream Twist Candles (Set of 2)

Twisted candles


The dreamy cream-colored set includes two 11-inch candles with an approximate 11-hour burn time. The Italy-made candles are made of paraffin wax to prevent drips.

Pottery Barn Booker Candleholders, Bronze Tapers - Set Of 4

Candle holders

Pottery Barn

Whether you opt for the twisted type or another version of an illuminating tapered candle, this set of four bronze holders will add a subtle touch of class to your welcoming New Year’s table.

Union Rustic White Hollis Ceramic Pot Planter

midcentury planter


Add a little mid-century mod flair to your tablescape with this geometric patterned white planter with a warm wooden stand. Just pop in the plant of your choice—or even go faux— to bring the outdoors in for your party.

OnePlace Gifts Crystal Place Card Holders Table Number Holders

place holder


These elegant crystal-base place card holders will put everyone in their place—in the nicest possible way—for a sit-down soiree where the conversation will be a wonderful memory well past New Year’s Day.

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