Jean Allsopp / Styling Alan Henderson
Let's say you've spent the better part of a day making the most marvelous meal. Now all you need to complete the picture is a standout table setting. After all, the best dinner parties are all about presentation.
1. Pick a Color, Any Color
For a table that makes a statement, set it with a single color. We chose cream-colored linens and candles and white calla lilies. Rectangles cut from heavy-stock paper and placed under the plates add flourish. You could also deck out your spread using shades of red, green, or purple.
2. No-Fuss Napkin Trick
This easy design is one of our favorites: Lay a napkin on a flat surface, and fold it back and forth in an accordion pattern until the entire napkin is one strip. Start at one end, and roll up the fabric halfway down the length of the strip. Place it on a plate so the pleats fan out around the swirl.