Entertaining Essentials for a Family-Friendly Table
The centerpiece: Think inside the box. Look into the toy box (or sewing box or toolbox) for items that can be used to decorate the table. Here, a classic Lincoln Log fort (no plastic roof!) is a playful nod to American history.
The place cards: Dish towels do double duty as napkins and seat assignments after the application of collegiate iron-on letters with each guest’s initials. (Plus, they put everyone in the mood for watching football after the meal.) “Towels are so much easier than linen napkins, which need to be pressed,” Eloise says.
The china and the flatware: The white platinum-banded dinner plates seem less grand when set upon tartan chargers with a country feel. The antique sterling-silver flatware was a wedding gift from Jon’s great-aunt.
The linens: If it’s machine-washable, it works. This buffalo-plaid wool blanket is at home at tailgate parties and on the dining-room table. “I love the colors, the bold pattern, and the fact that spills won’t show,” says Eloise.
The glassware: Stemware and kids don’t mix. These sturdy glasses will stand their ground around rambunctious boys and busy adults.