If you like to live on the bright side, dress up your colorful patterned plates with matte-finish flatware and a charming bow topper: Cinch a napkin in the middle using a playful elastic adorned with wooden beads. Add a circle name tag for each guest to round out the look.
Cut lengths of cord about 10 inches long. Punch small holes at edge of circles of card stock; label with guests' names.
Thread 3 beads and one card-stock circle onto cord (we used one large bead and two smaller ones). Tie ends of cord together. Pull knot through large bead, so it is hidden inside. Add a drop of glue to secure and let dry completely, about 1 hour.
Pull 2 small beads to opposite side of loop. Tie loop in center. Roll napkin, and wrap tie around center, pulling one bead through opposite loop to lock in place.