Read on for Azria’s tips on creating the perfect table.
Personalization Is Key. “You want to make your guests feel special—the smallest additions make the greatest impact,” Azria says. “Include a piece of your favorite chocolate by guests’ name cards. Add a thank you note to their dessert plate. Include a playbill of the evening’s festivities.”
Lighting. Lighting. Lighting. “Lighting is so key,” Azria says. “I love the ambiance of low lights and candlelit tables. If you are entertaining a large party, include a long row of tea drop candles. Who doesn’t love a table set with beautiful candelabras?”
Guests Come First. “The most important element about entertaining is to make sure your guests have a great time. You want to highlight connections and conversations. To me nothing sets the mood like a clean white palette and enchanting lighting.”
Keep It Simple. “Usually, I don’t do extravagant centerpieces—they tend to obstruct the guests’ view,” Azria shared. “I love centerpieces that are off the table. A beautiful chandelier for the occasion, an extravagant cake, a chef’s brunch display—it has to make sense, not just placed in the middle of the table.”
Make Floral Arrangements Original. “I love petite vases of flowers lined in a row. Everyone gets to enjoy them, and it adds to the entire table décor. My favorite flowers are peonies and hydrangeas.”