Not sure if it's the break in weather or the parade of mom's best dressed that seems to make Easter more of a formal affair than say Thanksgiving, but for our families, Easter seems to bring out the "now where in the attic did I store the good dishes" more than other annual gatherings.
Who sits where....yes even at a family dinner some family members should be.....separated.....so formal place cards can help quietly coerce peace. Last year, trying to be clever and keep everyone out of the kitchen I took a page from some of our customers' soirees and created a place card that incorporated the menu card with each guest's name printed on top so once the table was set, everyone could leave the kitchen and go read for their preview. Note: this has it's limitations; aroma- stationery would help. For this menu, we used a simple embossed invitation from M. Middleton and printed a pretty font in co-ordinating table setting colors while I shopped for fun party napkins.
The day of your dinner, you've done the hard part so your family can create bright, pretty or silly eggs simply by 'painting' the decoupage glue over their arranged napkin pieces onto their egg of art. No dyes to spil or cups of a favorite color to fight over. Eggzellent!
|One last tip and this is a good one: Remember the menu?
No seriously, remember to remove the menu/ name cards for your guests just before you serve otherwise they'll be so enamoured by your food they may not pay attention to say the candles on the table when they feverishly get that menu out of the way to make room for the real thing.
|Invitation © M. Middleton. All rights reserved.|