Hot Table Preparation How-Tos

How To: Fold napkins into silverware pouches

Embrace your inner Martha Stewart - and impress friends with your stylish panache at your next dinner party - by folding your napkins into a silverware pouch. Not only is it an easy and beautiful way to present your silverware, but it is also a nice way to avoid having to place silverware all perfectly on the table.

How To: Make a wedding centerpiece with pink silk flowers

Watch this video tutorial to see how to make a wedding centerpiece with pink silk flowers and candles. This DIY (do-it-yourself) silk flower wedding centerpiece is lovely and includes three tea lights that add that special romantic mood. Every bride should look into centerpieces like this, since they're cheap and efficient, not to mention suitable for engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and anniversaries as well.

How To: Make a wedding centerpiece with tea lights

Watch this video tutorial to see how to make a named couple centerpiece with tea lights. This names couple centerpiece can be either for a couple's engagement or a wedding ceremony. This centerpiece will be accented with romantic tea lights in glass holders. Just watch this party arrangement lesson.

How To: Fold a fan napkin

David Neilson of Monteiths Bar shows a simple way to fold a fan napkin in this how-to video. Follow along with the step-by-step instructions given out in a delightful Scottish accent to replicate this fancy napkin fold. Add a little bit of class or ornamentation to a table setting. Watch this video table preparation tutorial and learn how to fold a napkin fan-style. Fold a fan napkin.

How To: Make decorative napkin rings from shower curtain rings

The beauty of home crafting projects is in transforming old junk into something you can use. Host Heather's how-to video shows how to make quick and easy napkin rings to add a little bit of flair to the table. You will need plastic shower curtain rings, clippers, ribbon, rhinestones or any other embellishments, and a hot glue gun. Find out how to make quick and easy napkin rings from old plastic shower curtain rings by watching this video tutorial.

How To: Make metallic paper poofs or flowers for a centerpiece

This two part video tutorial teaches you how to make metallic paper poofs which can be used to camouflage the Styrofoam® base of your centerpiece. The poofs, or flowers, also add color and excitement to your finished product. Metallic paper reflects light and comes in deeper tones that tissue paper. Use these flowers for all kinds of centerpieces: bar or bat mitzvah, wedding and engagement, birthday, sports theme, retirement, anniversaries, corporate events, etc.

How To: Make a baseball diamond centerpiece for a party

This how-to video shows you how to make an infield base to anchor your baseball centerpiece for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, theme wedding party, sports theme event, corporate event, etc. Indoor/outdoor grass carpeting covers the infield, baseball bases and baseball (or team color) ribbon add accents. Ideas of what your final centerpiece can look like as well as other enhancements, are also shown. Watch this how-to video to learn how to make your own baseball diamond centerpiece.

How To: Make a DIY wedding and engagement centerpiece

This how-To video shows you how to make an attractive and romantic centerpiece for your wedding, engagement party, or shower. A lovely mirrored acrylic heart with the couple’s first names, also in mirrored acrylic, is the center point. Turn off the lights and light up the tea candles for that romantic moment! Coordinating ribbon, metallic paper poof flowers, and onion grass lend accents. This is also suitable for Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day, anniversaries, and other romantic events.

How To: Curl a ribbon

Judy of A-BnC Parties and More, Inc. demonstrates two methods to show you how to curl ribbons. For the first she uses a pair of scissors, on the second, her fingernails. This is helpful in making decorations, finishing off balloons tails, putting final touches on wrapped presents, etc.

How To: Arrange a buffet dinner

The American tradition of the buffet supper is shown in its simple preparation. A "must" for the homemaker or hostess. That any intelligent person would care enough about this subject and think it is so important as to make a film about it is astounding. Martha Stewart must have grown up on this.

How To: Set a dinner table

Figuring out which fork to use for which course can be confusing enough, but having to actually set those forks—and everything else on the table? A recipe for disaster... or a chance to strut your etiquette stuff.

How To: Do a formal table setting

In this video series, our expert in home decor will demonstrate how to set a formal table setting. You will learn how to place the dinner and salad plates, where the dinner fork, knife and dessert spoon will go, and even where to place the wine and water glasses.

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