We recently hosted 25 dinner guests for Thanksgiving Dinner. Uff da, what a party. We have an old home which means lots of small rooms, including the dining room. To seat the guests we had to think outside the box and move quickly.
While my husband carved the turkey, I asked a few guests to move some furniture from the living room and replace it with a folding table and chairs.
As time and space were at a premium, we left the lovely place settings on a Pinterst Board and went with mis-matched chic. We also went with simple.
A few days before the big dinner, I added a large 2 inch button-hole to a couple sets of old napkins.
Here is the “how-to”: Fold the napkin in half, then in thirds. Place the hole in the bottom center panel roughly 1 1/2 inches from the fold. Use the free-hand setting to increase the length if necessary.
Before guests arrive add your cutlery to your buffet napkins and layer in a basket.
Once the tables are up, place the buffet napkins on the table. Wa-lah. Easy, quick place settings.
I have to admit I don’t own dozens of cloth napkins. I borrowed a bunch and refrained from adding a button-hole to those. Instead I slipped on a napkin ring and tucked the cutlery in with the cloth.
Unfortunately some of the napkin rings were a bit slim. For those remaining settings I tied the cutlery together with heavy string and placed on top of the napkin.
Our 3 tables were up and set in less than 10 minutes.
A quick addition of candles from the mantle and we had a touch of ambiance.
Despite our lack of tablescape, I think we pulled off a perfect evening. We were able to visit with our guests and enjoy great food with little fuss and even less stress. For that, I am truly grateful.