My hubby and I had our 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Gumbo party this past Tuesday – Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). It’s always fun to shove all of our stuff into the closets and our bedroom and misguide our friends into thinking our apartment looks amazing every day. But what they don’t realize is that it’s all lights and mirrors…and having interior designers as best friends. Since I got so many awesome compliments, I’ve decided to share one of my favorite ticks for gatherings. It’s an area that many people forget or tend to hide instead. THE TUB. Do not underestimate the power of a spectacularly spruced tub. Again, it’s all about light and mirrors; candles being the light and the water being the mirror. Add a few flowers and voila, gorgeousness (yes, it’s a word. I say it is). Put a little water in the tub, add some floating candles and flowers and then fill the rest of the bathroom with larger candles and TURN OFF THE LIGHTS! Romance and relaxation for your guest as they do their business in the loo. What more could they hope for?