Simple Party Tables and Elegant Invitations
- A beautiful table setting is simple to put together if you just break it down, section by section.
- A monochromatic grouping makes even an inexpensive flower look glamorous as a centerpiece.
- Buying lots of flowers can get expensive. Fruit makes a cheaper, colorful substitute. Plus, adding different colors and shapes makes your table more interesting.
- Use your good china—don't just hide it away in the closet for big holiday dinners.
- There's no such thing as too many candles. Candlelight makes everyone look younger and more glamorous. Scatter votives across the table, or float candles in bowls of water to create a beautiful glow.
- Don't be afraid to use place cards. They help eliminate the awkwardness of figuring out where to sit, and encourage mingling among people who might not chat otherwise.
- A splash of color makes a big difference. Adding a colorful chair cover, some bright napkins, even a splash of ink in the water of your floating candles will take the table from blah to breathtaking!
- Get colorful, creative and fun! The invitation will set the tone for your party.
- Pick a color scheme, and match the invitation to your party decorations. This can be as simple as lining the envelope with the same color you'll be using in your table setting.
- If you use a decorative element in your invitations, like ribbon, use it to tie the place card to the napkin, or work it into your centerpieces, carrying the theme throughout the party.
- You may want to give your guests some attire instructions, like "Wear a splash of red." It gives everyone an excuse to shop for something new!
- Instead of putting loose glitter in the envelope, spritz your invitations with hairspray, then sprinkle with glitter. It's less messy and much more elegant.
- If you're really crafty, try an invitation booklet. Fill it with a poem or personal thoughts and add a photo to make it special.
- It's easy to make your own invitations at home. Most card stock and vellum can be fed through home computers, allowing you the freedom to get creative.