Set a laid back mood. A casual mix of serving pieces on the table—simple dishes set alongside elegant, highly detailed ones—can signal the party is not a formal dinner. Elaborately wrought flea-market silver can appear sculptural, not staid, when paired with clean white plates and plain glasses.
Our December issue features Oprah's Favorite Things—as well as your chance to win them all! You'll also find our easy holiday declutter plan, Dr. Oz's guide to sleeping better (starting tonight) and the ultimate holiday menu.