Crystal Ball

A white-on-white motif enhances the enchanting effects of crystal, but to prevent monotony, you'll need to infuse your party's design with texture and tone. White can embody every hue from clear-as-glass to creamy beige, while quilted fabrics, lace, or embroidery warm up pale shades. The effect is appealingly cool, never cold. Here, in addition to tables for eight, we created a lounge area where guests could kick back with a martini and listen to music.

Faux-fur lounges and illuminated acrylic cube tables, from RentQuest. Cocktails, Cîroc grape vodka. Custom crystal-and-gold-accented tray, by Yona Levine, 212-777-5260.