6. A Chandelier That Outshines
This year, accent your light fixture by hanging ornaments
from it. It took just an hour to hang these transparent glass
ornaments with pieces of narrow ribbon. Other tricks to try:
Suspend little glass vases filled with flowers from gold cording;
wrap tiny party favors, and hang them from the chandelier. After
the event, cut the ribbons, and present a favor to each guest.
Secrets to Casual Entertaining Provide inviting spots for
dining. Hosting a party is almost effortless when guests serve
themselves. Have well-set tables ready for friends to enjoy your
scrumptious menu along with the good company. Here, the kitchen
flows into the breakfast room that seats eight. If you need extra
seating, set up a few small tables in the family room and place a
small decoration on each table. Also, remember the little ones:
They love to have their own table. Go with melamine, plastic, or
paper dishes, and tuck a violet in a basket for a mini-version of
the grown-ups' centerpiece.
Keep your table settings stress-free. Start with tableware
that you have on hand, including everyday dishes and glasses,
simple place mats, and colorful napkins. Use these elements in
unexpected ways. Turn place mats lengthwise, allowing them to hang
over the edge of the table. Tuck the other end slightly under the
table runner so the place mats don't detract from the centerpiece.
Mix patterns, stripes, and solids to achieve a high-end look.
Keep cool until the last plate is washed. Rather than stack
used dishes in the sink, find another convenient place to put them.
Partially fill a large cooler with soap and water, and carefully
slide the dishes in (no sharp knives, please). Close the lid, and
dirty dishes are out of sight and out of mind until after guests