Dye plain napkins by hand for a designer look.
Following the packet instructions, pour each fabric dye into a separate bowl. Dip a napkin almost to the top with a quick in-and-out motion. Dip the napkin again, this time halfway up, and leave it in the dye for 10 seconds. Finally, dip the bottom of the napkin, holding it in the dye for two minutes for a stronger hue. Rinse it with cold water and hang up to dry.
Napkins, £1.99 for two, butlers-online.co.uk. Fabric dye, £3.11, and gold ribbon, £2.15 for 5m, johnlewis.com. Mini cakes, £17.50 each, peggyporschen.com. Side plates, 50p each to hire, idyllicdays.com