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.

wooden beaded napkin ring on place setting
GRAHAM POLLACK

(Also pictured: Hawkins New York Simple linen napkin, in Blush, $18, hawkinsnewyork.com.)

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Cut lengths of cord about 10 inches long. Punch small holes at edge of circles of card stock; label with guests' names.

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Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

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