Wedding season is kicking into high gear, and with it comes loads of inspiration to make entertaining more glamorous any day.
Don't skimp on sparkle when it comes to your linens, especially if you're taking the meal al fresco. Just keep the place settings simple and let the tablecloth shine.
Instead of having guests crowd around one table for food and drinks, create a separate zone just for mixing cocktails. Bonus points if it's as chic as this one from .
Sometimes you have to let the vessel be the star of the show. A metallic vase adds drama to this table when paired with understated blooms like delicate anemones.
There are no rules that say bouquets can only consist of flowers. In fact, some of the most interesting centerpieces, like this one from , contain other surprise stars, including apples, artichokes, succulents, and ornamental kale for added dimension.
For a tablescape that really pops, paired mismatched plates into a single, visually stunning place setting for each guest.
Signature cocktails aren't just reserved for the bar on a couple's big day. No matter what the occasion, mix up several batches of your own trademark drink. It'll lend a fanciful touch to even the most laid back soiree.
Keep the party going by serving desserts in smaller, mingle-friendly portion sizes, rather than a more formal seated affair.
To secure your spot as the ultimate hostess, send guests home with personalized gifts that they'll actually use. Try: An artisanal loaf of bread, homemade baked goods, or hand bottled honey.