Thursday July 21, 2011
Put your stamp on party napkins
Personalizing napkins is one of my favorite ways to put my own personal stamp on a summer get-together. You don’t need to be Martha Stewart’s apprentice to doll up paper or cloth napkins — a few basic supplies and a bit of creativity are all it takes.
Craft store tools
- Embossing isn’t limited to just fancy envelopes. Whether using a sophisticated neutral or juicy summer color as your paper base, a raised monogram or single initial instantly adds an expensive-looking touch.
- Use a single, large, iron-on transfer graphic to make a statement, or apply a delicate winding border along the edges of a fabric napkin.
- Fabric paint shows off your artistic skills, no matter how humble. You can work with store-bought stencils, or paint household items—like a pink school eraser — to stamp on a checkered design.
- Speaking of stamps, a palm tree in a fun, contrasting color or a flower in glittery metallic ink are both unexpected.
The finishing touch
For parties where a silverware bundle would be handy, napkin rings add extra zing. Braid grosgrain ribbon and join with a knot, or twist a sparkly pipe cleaner into a mini-starburst.
Tell me: How do you customize your parties?