I love the cocktail culture in the Pink Panther movie of the 1960s. It was so glamorous, so effortlessly swank -- and nobody seemed to be trying too hard. Since I can't get myself (or my friends) invited to one of those celluloid soirees, I do what I can to re-create the vibe when I entertain. I use lots of silver and glass: As many reflective surfaces as possible help set the stage. And I keep the menu limited -- there are options but not endless options. This makes it possible for me to spend time mixing with my guests rather than mixing drinks all night.
Our idea of a traditional centerpiece is rooted in floral arrangements, bowls of fruit, and cake stands carrying sweets. Let's change it up, shall we? These tree centerpieces -- adorned in ornaments, wrapped in ribbons, or draped in lights -- makes a dramatic display for any celebration.
The flickering light of a lantern centerpiece adds something special to any table. And when it's enclosed in sparkling glass or peeking through tissue paper, intricate lace, or a bed of flowers, the effect is something your guests won't soon forget.