Party favors have become more and more sophisticated over the years. You don’t need to have a bag full of gifts, but instead why not consider something more practical that guests can use at the party and take home for future use? Here, cloth napkins were stitched with crafting fabric in the initial of each guest’s first name. Not only do they work as place holders during the event, but they also provide a nostalgic keepsake.
Cloth napkins always take a party to the next level, but not everyone wants to spend on something that rarely gets used. Consider cotton dishtowels instead of traditional napkins. In addition to working perfectly for your event, they can continue to come in handy when washing dinnerware and flatware. Give the towels a party-centric update by tying them with twine instead of using true napkin rings.
Take the formality out of your dining room with a more casual approach to setting the table. In place of fine china and monogrammed napkins, try using colorful cloth napkins, bright placemats and melamine plates and bowls.
A glass vase full of oranges adds another layer of color to this patio table. A dark-blue-and-white patterned runner is complemented by bright blue and green cloth napkins and white plates, making for a perfect arrangement for alfresco dining.
Individual pies are excellent alternatives to large pies. Simply lay out several options for guests along with cloth napkins, forks and knives and let them wander around and mingle after dinner. This will help relieve some of the stress from the hosts since there's no need to slice and serve the pie.
As you prepare to serve guests buffet-style this season, consider creative ways to put practical items such as napkins or dishtowels on display. To add color and pattern to this serving area, a cake stand topped with bundled rolls of cloth napkins adds seasonal flair and also serves as a conversation piece, striking up conversation among guests.
If you're throwing a formal buffet, cloth napkins are most likely the perfect fit; however, if you're looking for a more casual, low-maintenance buffet, it's best to use upscale paper napkins and cups. Many paper goods retailers offer a wide variety of punchy colors and graphic patterns that can help give your buffet a cohesive color scheme.
Create a mobile s'mores station by outfitting a serving tray with all of the necessary ingredients. Keep marshmallows in a tall, cylindrical vessel along with graham crackers and chocolate spread out on a platter. Mix things up a bit by adding extra options such as pretzels and also help control messes with color-coordinated cloth napkins.