fresh flowers on the table (champagne helps, too). But a tall, fussy arrangement that blocks your view of your guests is a no-no. Stick with a few low clusters—it's easier and cheaper.
Lining up several bud vases, juice glasses, or even soda bottles (see below) makes a few flowers look much more bountiful. It's a quick way to dress up a table with minimal effort.
One spindly flower in a glass bottle isn't likely to get in the way over dinner, but it's even safer to stick with low clusters. Buy an inexpensive bunch of fluffy carnations—or use one peony or hydrangea bloom in each cup.
The vessels don't have to match, but if you're lining them up along the center of the table, we think it looks nice when they're at least similar. That's why simple juice glasses work well. Or follow this inspiration from Domino, below, and use old tea tins (or even graphic tin cans, if it's a casual supper).
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(Images: Faith Durand; Elizabeth Passarella; Livia Corona/Domino)