Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
If you’re having a sit-down dinner, napkin rings can be a great way to add some decoration and beauty to your table. In planning our ‘Thankful with Friends’ dinner party, I ran into a couple different challenges when it came to napkins and napkin rings. The solution ended up being a result that you see above — something I’m very excited about!
Challenge 1: I didn’t have enough of the same color cloth napkin for each of our guests coming. Buying new cloth napkins is not in the party budget.
The Solution: I am using three different color napkins and alternating them at each place setting.
The Bonus: Because of needing to solve this challenge, I now have a color scheme for the rest of my decorating: Henna Red, Chocolate Brown, and Nutmeg Spice Orange. AND I didn’t have to spend any extra money for napkins!
Challenge 2: I didn’t have enough napkin rings to accommodate each place setting. New rings were not in my budget for this party — whether it be the rings itself OR the supplies to DIY them.
The Solution: I used wheat from some of our existing autumn decorations — out of containers that wouldn’t be missed. I then used brown ribbon (for the red and orange napkins) and red ribbon (for the brown napkins) that I had left over from our wedding.
The Bonus: My overall decorating focus for this Autumn has been a more natural approach. The wheat ties into that perfectly and will enhance the rustic elements that will be used for the table scape. AND I didn’t have to spend any extra money!
Now, I will recognize that we are very fortunate in the fact that our house decor is all in earth tones and therefore so is most of our entertaining items. All of which is perfect for Autumn. But even still — the big take away is to be resourceful! Before you spend a dime, look at how you can utilize what you already have! 🙂
The results (shown here with the nutmeg spice orange napkin and the brown ribbon):