Illustrations by Briana Gagnier for Lonny.
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Don't Overdo Decorations
“Remember that a little goes a long way,” says Cresswell. “Choose a few central pieces, like a garland or floral centerpiece, and add in your existing decorations around that. A table runner with a few candles and red and silver ornaments strewn about is a simple but festive look.”

Cresswell adds, “And don’t forget that food can serve as décor! Arrange a few bowls with seasonal fruits – persimmons, figs and pomegranates – to add color. Or select silver or gold ice buckets to chill the champagne and serve as practical but sophisticated centerpieces.”