The A-List: Add Pizzazz to Your Party With These Paper Goods

The month of May certainly has brought a whirlwind of events to celebrate, with everything from the Cinco de Derby, to Mother’s Day, and now a Royal Wedding. It’s also time to celebrate the graduating class of 2018, and our Housewares department is just the ticket as we strive to find the perfect pairings to help you entertain. So here’s my A-list of spring favorites, featuring three design-forward companies—Sophistiplate, Hester & Cook, and Simply Baked.  These companies are releasing on-trend products that bring back the thrill of entertaining.

For anyone who loves to play with patterns and colors, (hands up, that would be me!) you can mix and match these paper goods to create a multitude of tablescapes and infuse personality into your party décor.

Start with table runners, place mats, and serving paper from the husband & wife team of Nashville-based Hester & Cook. Next, layer in Sophistiplate, an Italian-designed tableware company offering their signature wavy-edged Petalo bowls & plates. Sprinkle in even more sophistication with Simply Baked, which was founded by two Oregon entrepreneurs who believe in the art of entertaining. I love their little cups, frilly cocktail picks, and sparklers. Not only can you directly bake in these cups, but they also double for serving crudités, small bites, and party favors! Their cocktail picks add whimsy & elegance. After all, what’s a party without a dressed up drink in hand?

After a long winter, gatherings have moved outdoors. The lights are strung over the patio, and neighborhoods are filled with sounds of laughter, kids playing, and warm, late night conversations. The time to entertain is now, so why not mix stripes and dots, or bold colors with wood grain and pops of glitzy gold? Let’s get this party started and watch those grad caps fly!

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