Head to the local party supply store to pick up all your Mardi Gras party needs! Purple, green, and gold streamers, masks, and beads are a must! Instead of using traditional servingware, opt for paper plates and paper napkins, which are easy to clean up and won't break. Set up the food on a large table in the kitchen. Place the sandwich on a sandwich platter, like this rectangular one ($50), and the shrimp remoulade in a little silver bowl (this one ($7) is perfect). Use a pitcher to pour the soup into tall shot glasses — these tall skinny ones ($2.50) are ideal. Don't forget hurricane glasses for the cocktail! Click on the images above to shop the look.
When planning an act of volunteering like a beach cleanup, make sure your picnic is eco-friendly as well. Pack the asparagus salad in reusable plastic containers, wrap the sandwiches in recycled parchment paper, and place the granola bars in a cardboard box. Fill a lidded jug with the tarragon lemonade and pass out clear plastic glasses at the beach. Spread a durable blanket on the sand and give each guest a different-colored cloth napkin. To make the cleanup smooth and easy, set out recycling bags.
When done properly, a table runner and tablecloth can both be used to create a harmonious and gorgeous table setting. Think of it like you would clothing: if one is patterned and textured, the other should be simple and plain. Here, a rich brown-velvet runner is placed on top of an elegant white cloth. Golden beaded chargers serve as accents and white serving ware — plates and bowls — let the food be the focal point. Fill glass bottles with the orange wine and fresh water. Candles and flowers are essential to achieve a festive and celebratory mood.
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When creating a tablescape for an autumnal lunch, let the colors of falling leaves be inspiration. A mixed leaf wreath hanging on the front door immediately sets a festive tone. If hosting the event outside in an area where the weather is chilly, have a fire pit or heater. Pumpkins are an affordable and appropriate decoration when stacked near the dining table. Light cream pillar candles and place on the table or around the lunch location.
Cover the table with an orange cloth, brown placemats, and cream plates. Roll napkins, slide into leaf napkin rings, and place one on each plate. Serve the lasagna in a sage green baking dish. Selecting one versatile wine glass that can be used for the mimosa, wine, or water will save you time after the party. Instead of washing three glasses per guest, you'll only have to wash one!
You don't need to go all out with crazy decorations for a Gossip Girl season premiere party, but I do recommend cleaning your living room. A neat space will make you and your guests feel more comfortable. Give everyone their own folding tray table and floral-printed serving tray. Stripped dish towels make chic and eco-friendly napkins. Place the appetizer on a large platter, serve the pasta in bowls, and sip the bellini in champagne flutes.
A simple bouquet of red flowers mimics the pattern on the trays and completes the look.
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Use the casual elegance of the French countryside as the inspiration for a Bastille Day lunch. Set up a pretty table in the patio. Use cloth napkins with a Provencal print. White plates and bowls ensure that the food is the focal point.
Place rounded old-fashioned glasses on a side table. Line white wine glasses on the other side of the cocktails. Serve the goat cheese appetizer in a glass hurricane and arrange an informal bouquet of just-picked wild flowers.
When the party is over, put a platter of petits fours near the door. Guests can grab one as they leave.
With a few simple touches, you can transform an ordinary backyard into a chic setting for the perfect rehearsal dinner.
Start by placing tiki torches along the entryway and edge of the yard. Hang round lanterns from large tree branches and line low bushes with small twinkling Christmas lights. Cover the table with a pretty printed cloth. Place outdoor glass ice buckets in various locations throughout the space (this will create a flow and promote mingling). Fill the buckets with ice, beer, and wine, and let guests help themselves to the beverages.
Create customized napkins that say the bride and groom's names, but leave the wedding date off, so the napkins can be used at the rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, and any future parties the couple may host. For a romantic, welcoming glow, light lots of votives. Save the stunning floral arrangements for the wedding; instead opt for a single vase filled with fragrant flowers.