Want to add color and whimsy to your table settings? Let me, designer Eduardo Xol, give you expert advice on creating unique and artful table setting elements that will delight your guests.
This is a wonderful and easy way to design napkin holders and place settings with names. Here are all of the elements and the easy steps to do it yourself.
Napkin Holder Elements
- Cloth napkins
- Decorative ribbon
- Long necklaces or strings of beads, etc.
- A decorative insert that defines your theme
5 Easy Steps
Step 1: Fold your napkin diagonally to form a triangle, then fold the triangle sides upward to form a square.
Step 2: Wrap your decorative ribbon around the folded napkin and tie a bow so that the open ends are at the top
Step 3: Tie your necklace over and around the ribbon and napkin and secure it by tying it like a bow as well.
Step 4: Tuck your decorative element inside the opening of the napkin.
Step 5: Cut the loose ends of the ribbon for a clean look!
Place Setting Elements
- Decorative paper
- Arts and crafts glue
- Decorative “theme” element
- Decal lettering or marking pen
- Decorative stickers
5 Easy Steps
Step 1: Cut decorative paper into 4-inch-by-4-inch squares.
Step 2: Fold the paper almost in half so that one half is a little bit longer than the other.
Step 3: Glue the decorative “theme” element on top of the fold with the shorter side of the paper facing you.
Step 4: Apply lettering or use a marker to write the names.
Step 5: Add stickers where desired.
For more table setting ideas, check out my book “Extreme Entertaining Made Simple.” Meanwhile, I’m curious: What are some of your favorite table settings that you’ve had success with? Let me know in the comments area below.