Invitations on a napkin.

I organized a cocktail party for friends and was determined to send out handwritten invitations to each of them. I decided to use classic white paper cocktail napkins. On the front, I sketched the event details. They were mailed in recycled brown kraft envelopes.

It was a hit! People seemed delighted to receive these invites. Writing on napkins seems like a great DIY option that could be used in so many different ways.

Sidewalk directions.

Keeping in character with the atmosphere of this shindig, we used chalk directions on the sidewalk to let guests know to come on in and join the fun there.

Instant Hors d’oeuvres.
These store-bought morsels go from package to plate in mere minutes. A few items on our menu: Grissini with Parmigiano-Reggiano, Sopressata with grainy mustard, Pâté with cornichons and sliced baguette. Voila!

{Food images: Real Simple}