Accessorizing a table is like assembling an outfit. One must never host a party, gathering or even a simple dinner without first dressing the table. Think about the room from top to bottom. Start with a great chandelier. It’s the biggest diamond of a fabulous dining room. From there, the eye naturally moves down to the table. Start with a centerpiece that will complement the chandelier and other room accessories, not compete with it.

The event is also important when deciding how to dress the table. The décor should be thematically appropriate, as should the pieces used. For a buffet-style meal, go ahead and pull out all your serving pieces. And don’t shy away from mixing and matching pewter and silver. For a seated dinner, pewter chargers and china are a must!