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Whether it's a Halloween party for the kids, a Thanksgiving potluck, or an elegant Christmas dinner, entertaining pros know that "setting the scene" for a memorable event can make a significantly greater impact than debuting the next ambitious dessert recipe.
Sept. 24, 2013 11:29 a.m.



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With the holiday party season right around the corner, a growing camp of entertaining experts suggests approaching things a little less like Martha Stewart, and a little more like Steven Spielberg.



Whether it's a Halloween party for the kids, a Thanksgiving potluck or an elegant Christmas dinner, entertaining pros know that "setting the scene" for a memorable event can make a significantly greater impact than debuting the next ambitious dessert recipe.



Choose your space: When choosing a location, think about the season and theme of your event. Convene in a front room for a Halloween party featuring a spooky yard, or in front of the fireplace on Thanksgiving.



Pre-set party: Have seating for 10 to 15 percent of your guests. If your space is too big for the number of guests, use multiple small tables to create mini food stations, which will encourage guests to move throughout the room.



Dim the lights: Rely on table and floor lamps and mood-enhancing candlelight. Try seasonal scents like spiced pumpkin, cranberry clove and gingerbread maple.



Simplify decor: Seasonal fruit presented with nuts and berries or evergreen branches and pinecones from your backyard can make a lovely and elegant statement, at a fraction of the cost of fresh flowers.



Turn on music: Ceate a playlist for the entire evening of tunes that match the occasion. Mix traditional holiday songs with favorite party tunes in a ratio of one to three.



— Brandpoint

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