Eddie Ross' Tips for Throwing a Fetching Fete in Tight Quarters

Eddie Ross' New Year's Eve table.  Photo: Lonny Magazine.

When planning a party, designer Eddie Ross considers every last detail, down to the utility of his place settings' adornments. "Always keep little dishes of chocolate on the table," he advises. "Guests love something sweet after dinner while they're waiting for dessert."

Eddie spoke to Lonny about throwing fetching fetes in tight quarters and gave us five additional tips to keep in mind.

Eddie Ross, and his partner Jaithan Kochar, prepare for their New Year's celebration.

Purhase attractive folding chairs that can be stored under a bed when not in use.  It’s far cheaper than renting for each event, and you’ll never regret having the extra seating when unexpected company arrives.

Mix high and low.  For instance, splurge on textiles to create a custom runner and napkins, but buy your napkin rings at Target.  And instead of asking an upholsterer to create simple custom items, take them to your dry cleaner.  They’ll charge you half the price.

Stick with versatile white plates that can be used with a variety of table arrangements.

Take full advantage of precious table space (and avoid obstructing your guests’ sight lines) by decorating your table with low, multilayered lighting sources, such as votives, tea lights, and stem candles.

For annual occasions such as New Years Eve, don’t be afraid to go bold.  Remember, you’re decorating only one table for one event to be used on one night.

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