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I’m thankful for pretty table settings and tasteful holiday parties.

Home furnishings company Tozai Home, which has joined forces with textiles designer firm Dransfield & Ross, created a table vignette that reflects light.

I’m setting our Thanksgiving table  (always good to do the day before) and am taking time out to share some thoughts with you about some of my favorite, welcoming tips.

The tabletop photo shown here is from home furnishings company Tozai Home, which has joined forces with textiles designer firm Dransfield & Ross. Their goal was to reflect light and embrace the essence of light by incorporating two-way mirrors and folding hurricanes to multiply the magic of a special glow.

Global Views’ Progressive Ball decanters create lovely reflections.

I like the richness of fall colors, including cinnabar/spice and golds and that’s what I’m using on my table this year.

These tall glasses from William Yeoward are captivating.

I make the occasion special by using beautiful glass, crystal and  fine silverware.

I go beyond the dining table with other vignettes as well. I like to arrange smaller serving tables with candles and hors d’oeuvres, fresh flowers or greenery. I do the same on my kitchen island, which provides yet another conversation and gathering spot.

Away from the gathering, I also focus on such spots as the powder room, using beautiful towels. Here, I also light a scented candle in a glass hurricane (never use scented candles near food, though).

These  favorite party tips come from a variety of interior-design and entertaining professionals:

– “Plan ahead! There is nothing worse than greeting your guests while still trying to light the candles, turn on the music and get dressed” —Todd Alexander Romano, designer

– “Switch light bulbs to pail pinks, which make everybody look great” — Karen Bussen, event planner

– “Have enough of everything on hand. Nothing worse than running out of anything, whether Perrier or loo paper.” — Kathryn M. Ireland, designer

– “Don’t ever make it feel formal — it’s such a snooze.” — Jonathan Adler, designer

– “Never use paper napkins.” — Judi Roman, shop owner

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