As you plan your shower, and all the
food, gifts, and decorations, you may have not considered the importance
of baby shower tableware to making your celebration a “complete”
package. Yes, you could just get some disposable, white plates and
napkins and silverware. But if you’re making the effort to
pull together a very special event – why not give tableware
that same attention?
First and foremost is a careful consideration of the theme and tone
of your party. Is it a formal event in a restaurant? An outdoor
picnic? In someone’s home? Of course, if the event has a formal
tone to it, you are going to want to use real tablecloths and napkins.
These can be acquired from a rental agency. In most other cases,
a disposable tablecloth is a fine option – if you take the
time to find a quality one. Unlike years past, disposable tablecloths
are now made in a variety of grades and styles – you should
be able to find one that perfectly matches your theme.
The same goes for paper napkins – you can choose smaller ones
if you’re simply serving cake and coffee, but try to choose
ones in vibrant colors or patterns. A note on napkin rings, whether
you have chosen cloth or paper napkins: instead of renting or purchasing
“real” ones, you can use any rattle or other baby toy
that has a loop or ring somewhere on it, which will be a real delight
for your guests when they sit down.
And, of course, when considering plates, stemware, and silverware,
if you choose disposable, be sure to find sturdy, quality products
– and make them consistent with your other choices. It would
be strange to sit down to a table set with a real plate, plastic
fork, cloth napkin, and disposable cup.
All of these choices – tablecloth, napkin, plates, stemware,
and silverware – should be in keeping, as much as possible,
with the theme of your event, especially if you are going with disposable
options. If you have a color scheme, choose these items to match.
If you have a Winnie the Pooh theme, choose patterned tableware,
or at least complementary colors. Together with your carefully-selected
centerpieces, your baby shower tableware, whether plastic, or “real,”
will truly help set the mood for your event.