Here are a few that caught my attention:
A centerpiece from a Cinco de Mayo party I hosted.
From Shop Owner Sue Fisher King: "Don't create such impressive center-pieces that the guests can't see each other across the table." -- Agreed, and I've had a great time collecting small vases and low containers to mix flowers in.
An ornament favor that doubled as a place card at a Book Club Christmas party.
From Retailer/Tastemaker Amen Wardy: "Always do favors. People love leaving with a little something." --Definitely, and if the favors can double as place cards, even better!
An amazing table from the talented Eddie Ross.
From Designer Jan Showers: "No colored candles! Only ivory and white." Hmmmm.....I can't think of a time when I didn't use ivory or white candles, but I think it can be done. An Eddie Ross signature is brightly colored candles that coordinate with the table top. When done well, I think it looks great!
A party wouldn't be complete without bubbles--and I love my collection of vintage Champagne buckets.
From Canal House Cooking Founder Chistopher Hirsheimer: "You should always have a cold bottle of bubbly stashed in your refrigerator in case friends drop by." Yes--and if they don't, open it anyway and have a party for two--or one!
I recall this New Year's table ending up in puddles of wax drippings!
From Furniture/Textile Designer David Stark: "Stick your candles in the freezer for a couple days prior to using them. The freezing will eliminate most of the messy dripped wax all over your furniture." Really? Wish I knew this before covering countless table runners with stubborn candle wax!
Party on, Chris!
From Designer Barry Dixon: "Nothing is worse than a long wait for a drink. Drinks should be plentiful and easily accessible, with a couple of good seasonal options." --No question!
Image from foodandwine.com
And my favorite from Barney's Creative Director Simon Doonan: "Glamorous informality is the name of the name of the game. Dress up, even if you are serving hot dogs!" --One of my not-so-secret guilty pleasures is hot dogs--but of course I'll always serve them on a well-dressed table!"
Any fabulous entertaining tips?