Jacqui Getty's Tips for Hosting a Casual Dinner Party

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When you're one of LA's consummate tastemakers, you're bound to know your way around a good party. While Jacqui Getty's home is filled with priceless porcelain by the likes of Hermès and Puiforcat, it's also got a mix of less rarefied pieces from Craigslist, Anthropologie, and local trinket shops. Add to that a penchant for nurturing and feeding guests and you have a recipe for one truly extraordinary revolving door. Here are her tried-and-true tips for creating a festive mood on all budgets.

1. Be a mix master.
Getty is a hi-low guru when it comes to table settings and linens, pairing everything from formal Royal Copenhagen dinner collections to inexpensive bowls sourced in Chinatown. Her trick for dishes: she keeps it all in the same palette so the combination of patterns and shapes looks artistic and chic. As for linens, Getty opts for colorful, mismatched napkins.

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2. Keep the bar minimal.
The entertaining maven sticks to just two drinks: wine and tequila. That gives her more time to tend to small but impactful details, such as infusing plain-old water with mint.

3. Set the mood.
For music, Getty relies on soundtracks from her favorite films. "Sofia Coppola or Wes Anderson movies are great for parties," she says. "The Royal Tenenbaums is a staple in this house."

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4. Let there be (soft) light.
Getty illuminates her space with dim lamps and candles, which laces the air with an alluring aroma. Her choice? Cire Trudon's Moroccan Mint Tea.

5. Don't forget the flowers.
Whether she's hosting a party or nesting at home, Getty always fills her rooms with fresh flowers from the market. "I always buy the flower of the season," she says. "If I'm doing roses, it's usually all roses, but then I'll alternate colors throughout the rooms."

*Adapted from The Godmother, by Marin Preske.
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