5 Easy Ideas for an Elegant Dinner Party

Hosting a high-class dinner party doesn't have to be difficult. With a bit of creativity, you can design a stylish party setting using items you already own. Try these simple tips for your next gathering.

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Embellish Your Basics

You don't need brand-new dinnerware to create a chic table setting for a dinner party. Instead, start with neutral pieces you already own and dress them up with colorful napkin rings and other details.

Get Personal

Find a simple yet stylish way to personalize each guest's place at the table, such as tying a pretty tag to each glass with the guest's named marked on it. Photo by Laura Fenton.

Keep It Simple

Even if you don't have an expert eye for color, you can easily create a classy setting for your party with a monochromatic color palette. Try using dinnerware and decor in shades of brown for a warm, inviting atmosphere.

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Go for a Theme

Choosing a motif for your party makes it easy to coordinate your menu and decor. Try a south-of-the-border theme, complete with a Mexican-influenced menu and colorful, festive decor. Serve condiments out of inexpensive terra-cotta pots and use your boldest, brightest table linens and dishes — with all the bold hues of a fiesta it won’t even matter if they match.

Dress Up the Table

Stylish centerpieces are an important finishing touch for any dinner party. To create beautiful, no-fuss centerpieces, start by filling vases you already own with simple arrangements of fresh flowers. Complete the look and add ambiance with inexpensive candles. Shop for these silver chargers.

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