09/22/2014 02:57 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

3 Tips for Lighting the Perfect Party

photography by PAUL COSTELLO

Here's a bright idea: Light your party scene right. Even though it's not a new idea, it is one that's often overlooked. Sometimes even forgotten. It's important for setting the right mood and will magically give your fete a whole new look.

turn off the overheads
Nothing guarantees a short, unhappy party like harsh, top-down illumination. If you want your guests to stay, the overheads must go.

cast a soft glow
Low light instantly renders every room (and everyone) more attractive. For the night, put 25-watts in all table and floor lamps.

scatter votives around
Clear-glass holders with unscented white candles are dependably festive, sexy, flattering and inexpensive.

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