Lighting is crucial to the perfect setting. I prefer to kill the overhead lighting and use lamps – and plenty of candles (unscented) of course - for an ambient glow.

​It’s never too late to write a thank you note. Always remember to thank your gracious host.

Make sure you pull extra seating into your living spaces. Ottomans and benches work as well as small chairs from a bedroom.​

Delicately tinted crystal is the perfect way to add color without overpowering your table.​

Tips and Rules to Live By For Everyday Entertaining

​Use beautiful pieces. Life is more beautiful with things you love.

Monogrammed cocktail napkins never go out of style. Always have some on hand.​

​Greet guests with a drink in hand. They will immediately feel welcome and at ease!

Mix up your serving pieces. Think pottery and porcelain in the same color scheme. White is always a winner. For holiday occasions, I like to break out my sterling pitchers and trays to add sparkle.​

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