The thing about entertaining people is that the details matter. Whether it is brunch or dinner the idea is to enjoy each other's company for a few concentrated hours. I like to make that time feel special making the table look special.
Placemats are another alternative to full table cloth. The protect your table while adding color and texture.
Create Your Own Look
The only rules that I follow are
- It's my dinner party and I do what I want.
- Refer to rule #1.
Simple Touches - Big Impact
- Handwritten items - Whether it be a menu, place cards, or little descriptions, a little handwritten item goes a long way
- Change something - Slightly vary the place setting for the adults versus the children. Remember when you used to get crayons at restaurants? Not only does it keep little ones entertained but the adults might actually get a conversation in.
- Color - Vary the color by shades and tones but stay monochromatic for big impact.