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Picks and Pans Main: Bronson Van Wyck Three Easy Tabletops

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THE DINNER TABLE

Van Wyck suggests filling several glass vases or silver mint julep cups with one type of white flower (roses, carnations or tulips) or greenery (eucalyptus berries) and displaying them down the center of your table. “You don’t need to break the bank with expensive flowers,” says van Wyck. But, he warns, keep the arrangements small and low. “You want your guests talking to each other, not looking at the flowers!”

THE COFFEE TABLE

“This look is functional and easy and uses stuff that you’ve already got,” says van Wyck. First search your cupboards for a nice bowl or invest in a new one. Then fill it with red apples, ornaments or pinecones and rest it on top of a stack of coffee table books from your personal library. “Somebody can put it together after work and leave it out for a whole month.”

THE BUFFET TABLE

Bring the outdoors inside and impress your guests with a modern rustic spread. Van Wyck starts by wrapping garland along the edge of the table for a touch of green. (It can move to the mantel post-party!) Then accent a tartan runner with antler horns or birch candles. Overall, the buffet will feel “abundant and warm,” he says.