No party decor is complete without fresh-cut flowers. For this look, choose dual-toned ranunculus and pink peonies, place them in painted tin cans and bud vases. Spray each can in two colors using painter's tape. Cobalt bud vases with single stems pop wonderfully against the black-and-white striped.
If your place didn’t come with a dishwasher — mainly because there’s no room for one — here’s your solution. This foot-and-a-half-tall machine can handle six place settings, so you can entertain without spending the whole next morning washing silverware.
Not only does this large kitchen island help give the family more counter space, it also adds plenty of storage. Plenty of drawers and small cabinets make sure that frequently used items, like silverware and corkscrews, are easily accessible. The island also houses a convection oven, convenient for easy, even baking, and a deep prep sink for easy cleanup.
The classic Mediterranean style of this kitchen is carried into the adjoining dining and living areas. All the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen area have built-in compartments, so there's a place for everything, including silverware, china, dishes, pots and pans. A vaulted ceiling with rich wood beams cap off this kitchen's grandeur.
Designer Sarah Richardson makes setting a formal table look easy. For her signature collected-over-time look, she pulls together vintage china, silverware and linens. If you weren't lucky enough to inherit the makings of a stunning table, you can pick them up for bargain-basement prices at thrift stores, flea markets and estate sales.
Oyster roasts are meant to be relaxed. No need to use full sets of silverware or your best china, but you can still add elegance with something as simple as color. Incorporate a colorful cup to hold your forks and spoons. Display your drink ware on colorful plates with varying shades of blue and gray and a pop of color.
Okinawa-based Kathryn Baugher of Up To Date Interiors created a setting inspired by Japanese culture in a palette of wine hues and metallics. This layered look combines textures and textiles to add interest and depth. Thrifted bamboo-patterned silverware and napkins styled to look like bows add fanciful flair.