A canopy of playful paper lanterns adds a bold punch to a dinner party or reception. Hang them in perfectly straight rows to keep the look sophisticated. Image: Rebecca Thuss.
Keep it simple by serving an array of hors d'oeuvres and refreshing cocktails. This Cucumber-Mint Gimlet is a sure crowd-pleaser, and mini vegetable crudites are a crunchy burst of color. Continue the polka dot motif with napkins in a shade that matches the drink for a graphic punch. These are from casparionline.com.
Encourage guests of all ages to embrace their inner child by setting up a carnival stand dessert buffet. Lemon snow cones, candied apples, swirly lollipops, & chocolate-dipped pretzels are sweet additions, & their diminutive sizes allow guests to sample them all. From Martha Stewart.
Use circle punches & dot stickers from craft stores to adorn everything in site with spots. Seating cards, backed with red polka dot paper and tied with baker's twine, are clipped to a garden trellis with miniature clothespins for a simple yet striking display. From Snippet & Ink.
Since the hostess sets the tone, adorn yourself in festive accessories like jewel-toned baubles & a pop art-inspired bag. Pop C Wristlet, Coach.*Hope today's post was a bright & cheerful start to your week & to a new year. Cheers to all!