Easy Fast Five: Entertaining
With summer coming and the end of school year is the time for summertime entertaining, ushered in by the graduation shindig and BBQ's. I've got 5 easy ideas for your next party, BBQ's, weddings, July 4th & family re-unions to name a few. Here are 5 super easy inexpensive things you can do to kick it up a notch without spending a fortune.
1. Serving Tray Update
I love clear dishware and glass because the food is showcased on it. But if you'd like to give your serving trays an update without breaking bank then try adding some cord or floral ribbon around the edge, just underneath Cord comes in a variety of colors. Valentines, think red. Easter think pastels. July 4th think red, white, & blue.
Floral ribbon comes in lots of variety also. Includes pearls, glitter & different colors. Pearl lined floral ribbon great for a bridal shower or baby shower. Simply affix with glue gun glue, when the party is over simply pull off.
So update that Hor d'oeuvre plate with this easy affordable project.
2. Serving Bowl Dress-Up
- serving bowls Can get an update too by dressing them for dinner using Burlap. Burlap now comes in a variety of colors and sizes. If you've seen it in the stores and wondered what to do with it, here you go. You can use a glue gun to affix, or just tie yarn or jute around in a cutesy bow. You can even attach a label letting guest
know what the dish is.
3. Personalized Placemats
- Placemats dont have to cost a fortune and this idea makes them easy to clean since you don't clean these. Scrapbook paper comes in different sizes AND themes. Buy a Large sized Scrapbook paper book. Books are $5 & $10. Small dinner party u can buy the $5 one. If there is a theme find one that fits your theme and use them as placemats. They even have Glitter pages. Since its paper you can write on them & assign seating, or you can also make this your personalized thank you, by writing salutations, such as "(name), thanks for coming", " (name), It was gr8 seeing you again". When your guest are in between courses and done with their plates they'll see your lovely
thank you' s.
4. Provide BabySitting
-if you know most of your friends have younger children. Let them know on the invitation that On-site child care is available. Guest will be guest knowing their children are nearby being cared for but out of sight so they can enjoy themselves. Make it easy for them to accept your invite. You can make this an RSVP thingSo you can plan kid food and fun activities or buy the latest kids movie, no one's seen yet. If you can afford to hire someone, do it. If not and you have a niece or teenage daughter pay them 20 plus a favor or two depending on the number of kids. An evening out with the car, or a movie ticket, or $20 plus a $15 Itunes card might do it too. Designate an area for the childcare away from the adults. Parents will be able to have fun and relax, but yet feel secure knowing if there's an issue, they are right there. Providing childcare gives everyone the opportunity to attend your gathering. Let parents know they can tip the sitter, and your out of pocket costs, could go down depending on your arrangement you make with the teen in charge. Like you pay the difference of what they dont make in tips.
5. Brown Bag Surprise -
Brown lunch bags are inexpensive and it's easy to bake some cookies. Whether your having a small dinner party for 2 or a BBQ for 20. Everyone will love grabbing their goodie bag when they head home, but this Goodie bag will have something extra in 1 of the bags. A $10.00 gift card, for ex. My rule is for every 10 guest add a gift card. 20 guest 2 gifts cards, 30 guest, 3 . Two cookies in each bag, and a gift card in 2 of the bags, each guest get 1, couples get their own individual bags. Guest will love these special party favors, word will get around, and your parties will become a fun guessing game for everyone. Just be sure to choose cookies that anyone can eat, in case anyone has allergies, and wrap the cookies in plastic wrap, So the gift card doesn't get chocolaty, lol.
I hope you enjoyed this Easy Fast Five: Entertaining. While not all a decor tip, these ideas can make your parties and get-togethers more successful, memorable, and will improve turn-out, and might just save you you a few dollars too.
Keep it Easy!
Added April 25, 2015