Do you love the idea of having custom cocktail napkins for your wedding, but just don't have it in your budget?
Well, it's your lucky day, because I have an easy DIY project for you...I promise it's so easy that even a 6-year-old could do it! So let's get to it!
- Cocktail napkins
- Stamp pad (this is my go-to)
- Scrap Paper
Gather your supplies, a tasty beverage (Rosé is my adult-beverage of choice for crafting), and sit yourself down in front of your favorite Netflix show or movie. Comfy? OK, let's do this!
Test out your stamp of choice a few times on a scrap piece of paper until the stamp's design is printing clearly.
Decide on the placement of your design. Play around with this, do you want it directly in the middle, along the bottom, or in the corner?
Told you it was easy peasy!
Be sure to add ink to your stamp between napkins, so you don't end up with uneven results like I have shown above on the left.
Super cute amiraight?!
Now for a little expert advice...
You can find lots of stamp options at your local craft store, or look online at my go-to-site for all things fun + handmade, Etsy! Go with a clever quote, a decorative design, or even create your own quotes or sayings by mounting clear stamp letters to a lucite block. You can also go the custom route and order a monogram stamp or even have an element like your names in the exact font from your invitation.
Yes, there is a technique to get the stamping juuuuuust right. Here are some of my tried + true tips:
- I have found that stamps large or small do best with thinner patterns versus lots of wide block letters or designs. This ensures your design stamps clearly and completely without gaps of missing ink.
- I have found that dark ink, especially black, works best for the most consistent and legible design. Feel free to test it out for yourself.
- Tap, tap, tap the stamp to the stamp pad...don't mash it down. This ensures that the ink only adheres to the design, not the corners of the stamp. The goal is a clear design on your napkin, not extra blobs of ink everywhere.
- For the best results, be gentle and apply even pressure along the stamp. I prefer using an oversized felt-style stamp pad, as you are less likely to pick up excess ink and it is perfect for any sized stamp.
- If you find your stamp is getting a bit messy, go ahead and wash it with a little bit of good old fashioned soap and water, dry, and get back to it. Always be sure to clean your stamps when you are done with your project too!
- Store your stamp pad upside down, this way the ink stays at the top of the pad and is ready for your next crafty endeavour.
Here's a question we get all the time:
"So, how many cocktail napkins do you really need?"
A basic rule of thumb is 5 cocktail napkins per guest. These will be heavily used during cocktail hour with both passed and stationary food. They will also be on all your bars throughout the night and if you have a welcome drink station there will be some there as well. If you are having a cocktail style reception, you will need at least a couple more per person, as there will be multiple food stations. Your planner/event designer or caterer can also give you their personal recommendation.
I know you have pulled out your phone and calculated that your 130 guest wedding will need roughly... 650 napkins.
Calm those fancy pants, you can stamp all those napkins in no time watching your fave movie or binge watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I promise!
Now that you know the secret to pretty personalized stamped napkins, you can use your new party trick for any get together, like a baby shower, birthday brunch, or even Taco Tuesday - I mean who doesn't want a taco stamp in their craft arsenal?!
Get out there and start stamping!
Special shout-out to our favorite photog, Mark Scardilli, for snapping these fancy shots for us!