Are you planning to host family and friends for a BBQ or two over the summer? I am planning exactly that, along with millions of other Americans on the 4th of July. I love to entertain outdoors – it is much more casual and carefree and always buffet style. No formal tables to set or china to wash afterwards – just easy, fun, summertime living.
My go-to outdoor entertaining idea to help guests coordinate all the items on the buffet table is to tie the utensils to the plate. This is practical as well as pretty and makes one easy-to-carry package instead of guests fumbling for each utensil, plate, and napkin.
I found the gingham plates and napkins at The Dollar Tree. I decided to add a bit of contrast and use red and white polka dot napkins with the plates instead of all gingham.
To assemble: Just punch a hole on one side of a plate.
Then run a piece of ribbon through to tie the flatware and napkin on.
Place them upright in a large basket or box to hold them so that
it is easy for your guests to grab one thing at the start of the buffet table instead of five.
Now I am almost ready for the 4th – which is only 2 weeks away. I have to get the grill clean. Anybody have an easy trick to do that messy task?