Styled and explained by Lauren Sozmen, owner of Loli Events; 646-481-2724; lolievents.com
|1. "The optimal measurement for a round table is 60 inches—it fits eight people very comfortably. If a guest doesn’t show up, you can shift everyone less obviously than you would at a long table."
||2. "Resist the urge to seat more than twelve guests at a table. You’ll lose the ability to converse and the feeling of intimacy."
||3. "Centerpieces should have an overall roundness to them, but they must not be perfectly round. Let each of your guests have a different experience of the centerpiece. If the table is like a clock, with everything exactly the same all around, think of the centerpiece as something that can be more unstructured."
|4. "Family-style doesn’t work with this table. There’s simply no space for it, and you don’t want guests or servers moving your centerpiece around. Do a seated dinner or a buffet instead."
||5. "Tapered candles add height and depth and bring an element of décor without cluttering the table. Light them at the last moment, so they’re not melted away by the time guests sit down."
||6. "Unlike a long table, all rounds require linens. Stick with a neutral palette (Champagne, dove grey) and opt for something with shimmer, like satin or charmeuse. It will pick up the twinkling light of the candles."