Welcome to CHAPTER 2 in our Prep School Party mini-series: “How to Host an Ombré First Birthday Party.” Today’s post covers the store-bought paper and plastic goods on the buffet table – plates, napkins, etc.
When I style an event, I don’t like everything to match completely. That’s why I don’t design water bottle labels, cupcake toppers, and cupcake holders that basically copy the design of the invitation. I think items should coordinate and be chosen deliberately with the theme in mind; décor starts to look stagnant when the same graphic is used over and over. (Maybe I’m alone in this camp, but I like the party to have texture and depth.)
Below are close-ups the buffets at the party. (I borrowed the baskets from my mother-in-law.) The food and drinks were in separate areas to help traffic flow. If guests wanted a quick re-fill, they didn’t have to wait in the same line as the food.
I chose paper plates, napkins, and flatware in shades used in the overall theme but were also simple so that the different elements didn’t compete with each other. I bought them at a local shop near my home (yay for small businesses!) but the links below will allow you to buy them no matter where you live! I bought everything on the same day so I could see all the colors together. It’s hard to tell from the images, but the napkins have some faint criss-crossing lines that give the pattern some texture.
The straws were a Home Goods find while I was in the check-out line and the utensils jumped out at me while I was at the grocery. Finally, the mason jars were a steal at A.C. Moore for $0.79 each! I was buying something else and stumbled upon them. This proves that it’s good to be open to inspiration striking when you least expect it.
Finally, the serving dishes and flower vessels were either glass or white porcelain – I kept everything neutral so the contents stood out.
What do you think? Do you have go-to shops online or in-person where you like to buy your party supplies?
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