I don't care if you happen to think that you are the black sheep
of the family, there is no way you should be doing dishes at a family
reunion. Of course, I'm only kidding; however, I do recommend using
plastic or paper plates for large gatherings such as these. Not
only do they add great colour, but they are also easily disposable.
By the same
token, I recommend providing paper napkins. A great idea is to
use the lids of your canning jars as weights to place on top of
the napkins to make sure they don't blow away. Again, the more
colour the better.
As for cutlery,
arrange assorted plastic forks and knives into a nice, large bowl,
and place down on the table.
For your floral
arrangement, you can go really simple and inexpensive. Line the
inside of a large, tin bucket with a garbage bag, insert a bit
of floral oasis, and stick your flowers in. Daisies or country
flowers work quite nicely.
To cover the table, place a multi-coloured checked tablecloth
down. In the centre, place a lifter, using a milk crate turned
upside-down. Cover with a gingham cloth, place the floral arrangement
on it, and see how nicely it adds height to your buffet table.