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Holiday Entertaining – Autumn Edition: Napkin Rings

Autumn Napkin Rings

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):

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8 comments on “Holiday Entertaining – Autumn Edition: Napkin Rings

  1. Pillows A-La-Mode
    November 3, 2012

    Beautiful! 🙂

  2. petit4chocolatier
    November 3, 2012

    Wow Kenley! This is natural, yet elegant. What a creative idea and I love the different colours so much better!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      November 4, 2012

      Thanks!! I do too! I think I am going to use this effect for other tablescapes in the future as well! Plus — for any type of large gathering (of more than 6-8 people), it is more likely that I will not have 12 plus napkins of one color 🙂

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  4. The Humble Foodie
    November 4, 2012

    I really like the idea of hosting a Thankful with Friends dinner. Many of my friends can’t afford to come home to VA (we’ve all spread out over the country) for Thanksgiving so we do something similar at Christmas. I think this will be the 8th or 9th year we have had an annual Christmas dinner with friends, and it always feels like a family reunion. We are definitely all on a budget so these decorating ideas are great!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      November 4, 2012

      I love the idea of having an annual Christmas dinner with friends! This is actually our first ‘Thankful with Friends’ and we are really hoping that we’ll be able to make it into an annual tradition!

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