Everything does not need to match or be “perfect” to be perfect. China and silverware don’t match? It’s okay! Mix and match. Go with totally random patterns, or just match a color like all white for a more cohesive look.
Use low centerpieces. It makes it easy to see the beautiful faces sitting across from you.
Repeat your centerpieces down the table like a runner. Having just one centerpiece in the middle of the table is not very interesting. I like to repeat similar or identical items to span the table. Repetition is a stylist’s trick. It makes people feel at ease and, simply put, repetition just makes us humans happy.
Light it up! Add candles- real or faux. It adds instant magic.
Bring in nature. Natural elements such as driftwood, branches, fall leaves, feathers, squash, succulents or plants give the table a casual and organic feel that is on trend.
Choose a limited color scheme. Keep it simple, but interesting. Less is more.
Small touches like place cards, cloth napkins or table gifts go a long way.
*Pumpkins by Lisa Whitman at Garden Treasures. Sold at Deluxe Foods Aptos. www.gardentreasuresbylisa.com