Setting up food or desserts in a beautiful way at your next party will encourage guests to sample all the great party food. To give an extra “wow” factor to a food table, you can add a patterned background to the table. One way to accomplish this is by stapling fabric to a large, thin wooden board. Then, set the board at the back of the table, leaning it against the wall.
2. Banners & Garlands
No sew fabric banners are a festive touch to any party. You can simply cut out triangles or other flag shapes of your favorite fabric. An easy way to hang them on ribbon is by attaching them using mini clothespins. Another no sew fabric banner option is a rag fabric garland. To make a rag garland you’ll need thick jute twine or rope, a measuring stick, fabric, and scissors. To make, simply cut strips of coordinating fabric into 3” by 24” strips. Tie the strips of fabric onto the rope, knotting in the middle so there is an equal amount of fabric that hangs down on each side. As you tie, push the fabric to one end of the rope. Repeat until you have the desired amount of fabric on the rope. You can hang your garland from a mantle or on the front of a food table.
Sometimes table settings need an additional punch of color. Adding fabric napkins is a great way to add a little pop of color to a table. Although neutral white napkins are a safe choice, colorful ones can really make a place setting come to life. Another way to give life to some white napkins is to trim them with colorful ribbon using iron on hemming tape.
4. Utensil Holders
For kids tables, felt utensil holders whimsically hold all the necessary utensils in one spot. They can also be used over and over each year. You can make felt utensil holders by gluing together the fabric or hand-stitching it for a hand-crafted look. For example, felt owls or turkeys would be great for Thanksgiving.
5. Table Runner
Fabric table runners are another way to add color and interest to a table. You can lay table runners either vertically or horizontally down a table. If you’d like to make a table runner without having to actually sew, you can use iron-on hemming tape to hem your fabric.
6. Tray Liner
White serving dishes are the most versatile party dishes. However, sometimes the food you are serving looks a little better on trays with some color. Using fabric to line serving dishes is an inexpensive way to add color.
Bowties are one of my favorite party accessories to make. They are simple to make and instantly add a little Southern style to a place setting or dessert table. Try using them laid on top of napkins, attached to the front of a cake plate or vase, or tied around a mason jar.
8. Favor Jar Cover
Pint size mason jars make fabulous containers for take home treats. Simply covering the lids with fabric makes them coordinate perfectly with your party décor. Cut your fabric into a square slightly larger than the top of the mason jar. Top the lid with the fabric, then tie it off with jute twine.