Beauty and the feast

You deck out your turkey with all the fixin’s, but what about your table??Andrea Correale, entertaining expert and president of event planning company Elegant Affairs (, offers ideas on how to create a beautiful tablescape without breaking the bank. “These are super simple and don’t require any artistic skill,” she promises. We’re in.

The more room, the merrier
More important than even the decorations is making sure your guest are comfortable and have ample room to fit at the table, says Correale. This might mean renting slimmer chairs because, as she says, “no one wants to be squished.”

The ol’ classic
“Take a dark wooden salad bowl, fill with water and float autumn- colored flower heads, like Gerber daisies and mums,” says Correale.

Edible decor
“Utilize those bags of assorted nuts [in the shells] that are around this time of the year,” says Correale. “Simply place them in some of your own bowls down the center of the table mixed in with some pillar candles. The effect is simple, natural and elegant.”

Fall foliage runner
You’ll need an old cloth or paper table runner, a glue gun and colorful autumn leaves for this one. Cover the runner with the leaves and adhere with a glue gun. You can use this technique with place mats, as well.

Place settings
“Even though it’s just friends and family, make the dinner more special with place settings,” says Correale. She recommends using small pumpkins and attaching a name tag or place card onto each stem. Then, place one pumpkin in front of each place setting to the left of the water glass (you could also use pears or apples).

Small gestures, big impact
“It’s all in the details,” says Correale. To give your table a greater impact, she recommends tying your dinner napkins with raffia (straw-like string) or twine. Embellish by attaching some berries, leaves or a name tag to each tie.


Federal mediator joins Met Opera labor talks as…

Unions representing the orchestra and chorus of the Met Opera agreed to have a federal mediator join labor talks on Thursday as a threatened lockout loomed.


Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.


Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.


Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…


Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a refreshingly…

Marvel is sitting so high on a cash mountain that it's now thrown $170 million at the relatively obscure and very silly title "Guardians of the Galaxy."


Review: 'Get on Up' is a war between…

James Brown finally gets his own boring biopic with "Get on Up," but the Godfather of Soul puts up a good fight against the usual cliches.


Review: 'Child of God' finds director James Franco…

James Franco's 11th directed feature is a noble but sloppy adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God," about a feral mountain man (Scott Haze).


Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti doc 'Finding Fela'…

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes on Afrobeat god Fela Kuti in "Finding Fela," but fails to capture his unique essence.


Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade…

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade deadline


Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…


Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.


Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.


Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.


Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…