Archive for the ‘Ideas Table and Napkin Fold for a Elegant Table’ Category

DIY Centerpieces

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Having a summer BBQ and looking for quick and easy DIY centerpieces? Why not make your own.

Here is what to do for a western themed BBQ or any other outdoor summer event.

For this arrangement, we first went to a secondhand store and purchased old cowboy boots.  Secondly, we stopped at the market and purchased inexpensive flowers and greens.  Finally, (very important) we lined the inside of the boot with some plastic wrap and then placed a wet oasis inside the boot and arranged the flowers.

And there you have DIY centerpieces for your party!

For other quick and easy DIY centerpieces, check out pages 59 to 65 in Budget Bash.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical to all!

A Wynning Event and the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010


Just a quick note to remind you that the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® is just around the corner.  On January 23rd at 8 pm ET/PT, the show will be simulcast on TNT and TBS.

If you pick up a copy of this week’s People Magazine and turn to page 99, you will see that I provide a helpful floral hint to help create the intimate yet fun atmosphere at the awards show and our chef, Suzanne Goin of Lucques Catering, provides a great chicken salad recipe that will be served that night

On January 20th, Suzanne and I are scheduled to appear on KTLA’s Morning News Show where I will show you how to create our beautiful SAG Awards® dinner table on a budget.  Other party planning budget ideas can be found in Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget.

Fun SAG Awards® Facts

Did you know that there will be over 5,000 drinking glasses in the room that night?

Or that Suzanne will be order over 160 apples for her chicken salad?

More SAG Awards® news later in the week.  Until next time remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish and fun for all!

Table Centerpiece Ideas

Friday, December 25th, 2009


Wow, what a year it has been and I look forward to a great and successful 2010.  I hope your New Year’s is fun and safe and that you too have a spectacular 2010.

I just wanted to share with you one last quick and simple table centerpiece idea that can be used for New Year’s too just in case you have a few friends over for dinner.  For last night’s Christmas Eve dinner, I created an easy yet elegant table centerpiece using just ribbon and candles.  I then took these decorative plastic berries that I picked up at the craft store and placed the ribbon around them.

Table centerpiece ideas to set the tone of a winter feeling in your home for New Year’s include using dark green organza fabric or a table runner then mixing and matching silk flowers and pine branches with real ones and placing votive and pillar candles on the table as well for decor.

Other fast and easy table centerpiece ideas  can be found in Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget the book I wrote this past year.  In the Budget Bash, I share my years of experience as well as helpful tips, impressive menu ideas with easy recipes, do-it-yourself flower designs, table centerpiece ideas, easy decorative napkin folds and more.  Essentially everything you need to know to plan beautiful and elegant events on your own.

Thanks to all for making this year so great and until next year, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun and economical to all!

Floral Arranging and Cheap Flower Arrangements

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009


So many times with event floral, you find after the event that you have left over flower arrangements.  What I thought I would do in this article is offer some suggestions for floral arranging and show some samples of elegant but cheap flower arrangements for your events. 

One example of a wedding flower arrangement is to take hydrangeas and create a wreath around a hurricane candle and holder.  If it is around the holidays, use a red hurricane and purchase white hydrangeas to make a stylish example of holiday décor via floral arranging

Using a hurricane with hydrangeas is a good illustration of easy and cheap flower arrangements because you can pick the flowers up at your local market or flower shop and the hurricane holder and candle at a craft store.  Then, just place the flowers around the hurricane. (To compliment this event floral, look at pages 65 to 67 in Budget Bash for stylish napkin folds.)  


Want to add some color to your wedding flower arrangement?  Select some colored roses that match your wedding theme and insert those into the wreath of hydrangeas to give an alternate look to your cheap flower arrangements


Floral arranging using flower clusters and mixing the clusters with votives is another idea you can use on your buffet or table centerpiece.  Just purchase roses, Gerber daisies, tulips or any other favorite flower of yours, cut the stems low and place as clusters on the table interspersed with candles to create inexpensive flower arrangements.  Just make sure not to use any type of heavily scented flower such as lilies or tiger lilies on the table.  You don’t want to overwhelm your senses with the food and the perfume of the flowers.  

Sometimes the host at an event will offer you the table centerpiece to take home with you.  This event floral can be very large and you may not have room anywhere to keep it.  However, what you can do is take some of the flowers home with you and then use your vases or a water pitcher and create beautiful flower arrangements that will last the week after the event.  

Other cheap flower arrangements include using baby’s breath around a hurricane glass holder and candle.  You can do an all-white look using white roses or intermix some red roses to create an elegant yet inexpensive wedding flower arrangement. (You can also use event lighting for your wedding, such as gobos as discussed on pages 26 to 27 in Budget Bash.)


In fact, why not theme an entire wedding using baby’s breath including the bridal bouquet as the event floral to compliment the above mentioned table centerpieces?  I have seen some of the industry’s top designers go with this theme and if done correctly, is elegant, stylish and inexpensive.

I hope you found these suggestions for floral arranging and using cheap flower arrangements helpful.  Using candles and a limited amount of specific event floral can help keep costs down especially for a wedding flower arrangement.  For other ideas on flower arrangements check out Budget Bash and until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Special Events Folding Napkin for Your Elegant Table

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009


Napkin Folds

In my upcoming book about elegant event planning for the budget conscious consumer, one of the chapters discusses how to create beautiful napkin folds for your elegant table.  Many times a napkin fold will enhance your table décor.  By placing a contrasting colored ribbon or flower on a specialty folded napkin will add to the wow factor of your elegant table. 

My philosophy at A Wynning Event is when the napkin is part of the table décor, I will have it placed in the center of the place setting with the silverware on either side in their proper placements.  You can also create menu cards for your dinner parties and place them in a folded napkin that has been specially folded to hold the menu.  Below are some instructions and pictures for a few different napkin folds. 

Pocket Fold – The Most Popular Fold at A Wynning Event


1. Take an 18” to 24” square linen dinner napkin (preferably one that is new or starched) and lay it flat on the table. 

2. Then 3” from the bottom fold the dinner napkin up so that you still have the same width but the napkin is now 3” shorter. 

3. Taking that bottom portion that is folded, fold it over again 3”.

4. Now fold the top edge underneath the napkin 2” so now the dinner napkin has a folded edge on top.

5. Fold the right edge under the napkin and then the left edge under the dinner napkin so that now the napkin is folded in thirds. 

6. You may then want to place a flower in the pocket or the dinner menu printed on 5 ½” X 7” cardstock or your silverware.


Tuxedo Fold

1. Take an 18” to 24” square cloth napkin (preferably one that is new or starched) and lay it flat on the table. 

2. Fold the cloth napkin in half widthwise and then in half lengthwise so now the napkin is in quarters with the open quarter at the top left side of the napkin.

3. Then roll the first layer of the cloth napkin toward you to so the top left corner has now met the right lower corner.

4. Fold the second layer toward you and tuck it under the first layer.  The upper left corner of the napkin should be about halfway under the first layer.

5. Take the next layer of the cloth napkin and fold it away from you and tuck the upper left corner about one third of the way under the second layer.

6. Then fold the right and left side edges to the center back.

7. You may then want to place a flower or silverware in the first fold.



Bouquet Tie

1. Take an 18” to 24” square linen napkin (preferably one that is new or starched) and lay it flat on the table. 

2. Then fold it into triangle with the point of the triangle facing on the top and the hypotenuse on the bottom. 

3. Take the outside corners and bring them to top corner to make a diamond.

4. Grab the linen napkin by the middle, gather it and then tie it with ribbon.

5. You may want to place a flower in the top portion of the gather.


Butterfly or Fan

1. Take an 18” to 24” square linen napkin (preferably one that is new or starched) and lay it flat on the table.

2. Then start a fold about an 1” to 1½” wide down from the top and fold the linen napkin towards you. 

3. Flip the napkin over and make the same size fold this time from the bottom portion of the napkin and fold away from you.

4. Continue to repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have completely folded the napkin.

5. Keeping it pinched in the center, tie with a ribbon and then fan out the edges.  


In terms of event set-up time and folding napkins, most often at A Wynning Event I include this task as part of the scope of work for the florist that I hire.  I obtain the napkins ahead of time from the rental company and deliver them to my florist.  They then fold the napkins, bring them to site and place them at the table.  It is truly amazing what a difference a flower and a special napkin fold can make at the table.