So if you are hosting a large gathering/potluck there are still some inexpensive and easy ways to spice it up a bit. We of course used all disposables. I got a big box of the nice clear plastic ware at the grocery and the higher quality dinner napkins. I wrapped up the cutlery in the napkins and simply taped a strip of pretty paper about them. As far as disposable tablecloths, I prefer the thick paper ones in the party aisle. They just seem 'richer' than the flimsy plastic ones that slide all around. On the buffet table I put a big white one and cut a square from a red one and layered it on top of the white in a diamond kind of shape.
And at night end, the party girl got to take home the bouquet in it's vase with all her birthday cards. :) Once the flowers die the 'vase' would make a great pen/pencil holder...ohhh these could make great teacher gifts too! I'll have to remember that next year! ;)