Set the stage for a stylish soirée.
Clear off tables and one or two shelves on bookcases or built-ins to provide spots for guests to place glasses and plates. Group hurricane lanterns in the fireplace. They give off a warm glow without the heat or hazard of an open fire in a room full of people. Replace a bulky coffee table with multiple cocktail-sized tables, which take up less floor space and can be easily moved.