Photo by: Laurey W. Glenn
Create a simplified version of the adult table for teenage guests by using many of the same elements in a different arrangement. They’ll appreciate not being put at the little kids’ table. The flirty tablecloth upgrades a card table and mimics the velvet-and-silk version on the main table. To give dining chairs a quick makeover, tightly wrap cushions with extra tablecloth fabric, and secure using a staple gun. “I’m a pro at acting like an upholsterer!” says Tara. (She chose a poly-cotton blend, which has the look of silk dupioni but not the price.) Serving sparkling cider in festive flutes adds to the grown-up feel.