It's worth getting these details right before digging into that special meal. With minimal effort they give you triple the joy.More
Science says nature's a mood booster. Try these rustic DIY table toppers. (They're low- to no-hassle, promise.) Prop place cards against little pinecones, say the geniuses behind Food52. Write guests' names straight onto leaves using a metallic pen: It's informal and festive.
And don't forget to make a toast. Invite anyone to chime in, says etiquette consultant Thomas P. Farley. Then let the meal unfold as it may: "Your dinner is not a Norman Rockwell painting."
Want to see veggie-loaded plates around the table? A study found that people scoop up 66 percent of their meal from the first few dishes in buffet lines, so put yummy plant-based offerings in those spots.