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12 Pretty Ideas for Easy Entertaining

Sweet and simple entertaining ideas from Babble.com

Hosting pretty dinner parties is one of my favorite things to do, but if you’re not Martha Stewart, it can also prove a bit daunting. Coordinating the food, decor, dinner service, keeping guests’ glasses full…well, frankly, it can be a lot of work! That said, there’s nothing I love more than coming together with good friends over good food and conversation so I’ve developed a few go-to tricks that help make entertaining a little easier without skipping any of the fun little details that make parties such a joy. Today I thought I’d share a few little tips with you to inspire your next dinner party or gathering. Herewith, 12 pretty ideas for easy entertaining!


  • Make a Menu 1 of 12
    Make a Menu
    Guests will instantly get excited about what's to come if they see the evening's menu at the ready. This pretty menu is printable - just download, print and pen in your menu details!
    Download the printable from A Fabulous Fete.
  • Serve Drinks in Mason Jars 2 of 12
    Serve Drinks in Mason Jars
    For a fun, whimsical look serve up beverages in inexpensive mason jars! You can find them by the case at most super stores. It's just as easy, but far cuter than busting out the red Solo cups!
    Photo from Town Above Water.
  • Make a Ribbon Table Runner 3 of 12
    Make a Ribbon Table Runner
    Add instant style to your table with a runner made from ribbon. Just choose the widths and colors of ribbon you love, run them the length of your table allowing it to drape over about 6" on either end. Then just trim all the ends and you're done!
    Photo by Gina Meola via Style Me Pretty.
  • Create a Centerpiece from Old Bottles 4 of 12
    Create a Centerpiece from Old Bottles
    Gussy up your decor with a super simple centerpiece using flowers from the supermarket and any assortment of old bottles and jars you might already have. Or score them on the cheap at this weekend's local garage sale!
    Photo from Hummingbird Vintage Hire.
  • Dress Up the Table 5 of 12
    Dress Up the Table
    It's so easy to take your table settings to the next level! For starters - cloth napkins are a must. You can find on the cheap at places like Christmas Tree Shop or Hobby Lobby. A bit of twine or ribbon wrapped around your flatware is an easy but super pretty extra touch your guests will love.
    Photo by Half Orange Photography via The Sweetest Occasion.
  • Craft Up Colorblock Napkin Rings 6 of 12
    Craft Up Colorblock Napkin Rings
    These colorblock napkins are perfect for a dinner party and they're easy to make using shower curtain rings and embroidery thread.
    Get the how-to from The Sweetest Occasion.
  • Whip Up Easy Place Cards 7 of 12
    Whip Up Easy Place Cards
    Place cards instantly make guests feel special! Make your own using basic shipping tags available at any office supply store and set them at each place setting.
    Photo from Style Me Pretty.
  • Cupcake Liner Votive Holders 8 of 12
    Cupcake Liner Votive Holders
    Set the mood with a litter of votive candles in inexpensive foil cupcake liners - so cute!
    Photo from Real Simple.
  • Create Ambiance with String Lights 9 of 12
    Create Ambiance with String Lights
    Don't underestimate the power of simple white string lights to instantly add ambiance to any space!
    Photo from The Sweetest Occasion.
  • Use Paper Doilies 10 of 12
    Use Paper Doilies
    White paper doilies are super inexpensive and can be found at any craft store. They can be used to line serving trays, as pretty place mats or lined up to form a table runner!
    Photo from Style Me Pretty.
  • Make the Bar Self-Serve 11 of 12
    Make the Bar Self-Serve
    Make beverage service easier by filling up a big tub of ice with beer, soda and bottles of wine so guests can help themselves!
    Photo from The Sweetest Occasion.
  • Top It Off with Dessert 12 of 12
    Top It Off with Dessert
    Don't forget dessert! Make it easy by picking up little cupcakes or bite-sized cheesecakes from the local baker and then top them with fresh berries before serving!
    Photo from The Everygirl.

Read more from Cyd at The Sweetest Occasion.
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