By Sara Angle
Shelter bloggers share their party-in-a-pinch ideas for pulling together a look that will wow your guests.
Six No-Sweat Table Decorating Tips
"Think outside the box and try to figure out some new ways to surprise your guests. The glass and the cutlery doesn't always have to be in its "correct" spot. Try putting the cutlery in a glass with a napkin or a straw to give the table an unexpected look."
— Nina Holst, founder and CEO, Stylizimo
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"We're big fans of trying to find ways to add a spin to traditional themes and decoration. Rather than decorating with straightforward team logos and pennants, we love the idea of incorporating team colors instead. For example, [use your team’s] primary colors for tableware. We love the idea of layering … tablecloths or runners down the table."
— Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge
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"When decorating a table for a dinner party, opt for more than one centerpiece if you have a long table. For instance, instead of a large flower arrangement in the center, why not have three or five smaller arrangements down the center of the table so that each guest has flowers nearby and for maximum visual impact upon entering the room."
— Holly Becker, founder and editor, decor8
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"Why does a centerpiece have to be predictable? How about pulling together a winter scene and a wooden game board to inspire a fun family night around the table?"
— Melissa Michaels, author, The Inspired Room
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"No need to be matchy-matchy with your plates and glasses. If using glassware, opt for several different glasses in varying heights and shapes (without pattern or frost, clear works best). You can also mix and match your plates and bowls by unifying them through a single color palette."
— Holly Becker
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