Play with the Centerpiece
"Flowers are overused as centerpieces. Use seasonal fruit, a tureen, or an interesting sculptural centerpiece instead."
-Christopher Spitzmiller, ceramic designer
Photo Credit: Jo-Ann Richards/First Light/Corbis
Set Up a DIY Cocktail Bar
"Let guests make their own cocktails. I have a few favorite recipes on cards, and all the ingredients on hand. People mix and shake and think it's super-fun."
-Paul Lowe, food/prop stylist, Sweet Paul
Set Table Properly
Don't face the knife blade out. Rules are made to be broken, but that's not one of them.
Eddie Ross, eddieross.com