Dish Up an Easy Summer Place Setting
Paper and plastic can truly set a summer table in style.
Throwaway paper and recyclable plastic combine as a hassle-free summer alternative to heavy china, dishwashers and children complaining about whose turn it is to wash. Sometimes guests may need to look closely to tell the difference between the paper on your table and "real" china.
Paper options go far beyond company picnic white or birthday party cute. Even solid paper plates come in more colors than the rainbow. Primary colors of deep blues and reds are joined by Fiestaware inspired shades of orange, lemon yellow and lime green and the pale shades of Carolina blue and lavender. Napkins, cups, bowls, forks, knives, spoons, tablecloths and placemats are made to match or complement the plates.
And then there are the patterns on paper tableware. Want to match your summer table with that new animal print sarong you're wearing? There is animal print tableware, plates that resemble antique china, and there are cups, napkins and a toss-away tablecloth that are made in the same design.
The cost for dining on paper ranges greatly. The final price tag depends on how many different paper items (from plates to napkins to bowls to cups to place mats) are required.
If you are setting a table for four, you'll be able to set the table for two meals because the items are sold in packs of eight or more. And the plastic stemware can last at least all summer long.
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