If you love to entertain, this category is important to you because it features some essential components for hosting dinner parties in your home. The foundation of a well-styled tabletop is a table linen. The material and style will depend on the look you are creating: casual or formal. For a casual look, you could simply put a cotton or grain-sack table runner across the length of the table. For a more formal look, a silky linen tablecloth would set the tone. After you have selected table linens and serving pieces, decide on the focal point for the table—the centerpiece—which anchors all the other elements. It could be a floral arrangement, a grouping of candles, a cornucopia filled with gourds, a basket of Christmas ornaments or something more personal that fits the occasion. As the finishing touch for the table, scatter some small accessories, such as demitasse cups holding little flowers or place cards in pretty holders.
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