{party trend} Dinner Tables Shine with Metallics

As one year ends and another begins, trends always emerge including trends that influence parties and celebrations. 

Last week, I saw cutie-petutie Nate Berkus on the TODAY show.  He discussed design trends for the new year, one of which is Metallics - incorporating touches of gold, silver, copper and mercury into your home.  He says that metals are neutral, sophisticated and create the illusion of shine.

It's not a stretch to translate Nate's design trends into party trends.  Neutral, sophisticated decor elements are classic, complementing both traditional and contemporary tastes, and who doesn't want their party to shine?!

To add shine, start with the dinner table (or food buffet). 

{photo from marthastweart.com}

Accent existing white china or serving dishes with metallic items such as these from West Elm and Crate and Barrel - linens, candles, napkin rings, chargers and glassware.

Metallic party palettes are great for milestone parties (birthdays and anniversaries) as well as New Years Eve celebrations.  How will you shine in 2011?

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