The day before your party, set the table. Doing as much as you can in advance will make the day of your party a breeze and allow you to focus on last-minute things. Start with a few easy floral arrangements and layer each place setting with linen napkins and a patterned salad plate (only $3!). We love the idea of using fruit baskets as plate toppers. Not only is this easy, festive, and affordable, it makes the perfect first course.