You're working hard to create an unforgettable meal, so why not have an equally memorable table? The pros reveal their shortcuts to creating an evening that wows.
By Abbe Wright and Candace Braun Davison
Photo: Christy Rost
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A Secret Santa
"One of my favorite centerpieces begins with an inexpensive burgundy sleigh edged in satiny gold I found years ago. Sometimes, I fill it with pine boughs and red and white roses or carnations; other years, I arrange one of the Santas from my collection and surround him with small, gaily wrapped gift boxes that spill onto the table." —Christy Rost, author of Celebrating Home: A Handbook For Gracious Living (Bright Sky Press)