To finish your dinner party table arrangements, Katherine Daught Jacob, owner and creative director of KD&J Botanica in Westport, CT, says to look close to home. “By using elements from your yard and your surroundings, the arrangements have more of a sense of place,” says Jacob. Still unsure of your floral skills? Choose fresh flowers in a single color palette and add plenty of candles: “Using lots of candles of different heights and sizes adds beautiful illumination that you can’t achieve with overhead lighting.”

Photo by Melani Lust