Number 1) Choose a theme
The title of the book can make a great theme (The French pastry murder) to build your table scape around.
Number 2) Start with what you have.
This collection of French mimes were in my curio cabinet. They look great on the table .
Number 3) Create conversation by putting place cards at each place setting.
Write the name of characters in the book on the place cards. Instruct your guest that they will get to tell what happened to their character in the story.
Number 3) Keep food simple.
I like to serve finger sandwiches or sliders. These are cut with a sandwich cutter purchased at Wal-Mart. I use it for my grand kids lunches. Fruit and cheese are always a great choice. No one wants to worry if they have spinach in their teeth so stay from salads.
Number 4) Get out the good china.
What are you saving it for the next wife? She won't like it Mix and match china pieces.
Number 6) Make custom napkins .
Yes I said that. These are made from 2 squares of fabric sewed together turned inside out and folded into the Lily pattern. I think they look like Fleur de Lis. I will show you how in a future post.
Number 7) Use books as risers to create different heights on the table.
Wrap the books in gift wrap to co ordinate with the table
Number 8) Serve a signature drink.
Like French wine or Lavender Lemonade.