We have the same core group of friends for dinner with some regularity. It is so fun to have people who feel like extended family in your life and I love hosting everyone at our house. After a few years, we've all gotten it down to a science and, while each of us does it a little differently, it always ends up being fun. One of my quirks? I don't like using paper plates, paper napkins, plastic utensils or plastic cups when I can avoid it. Paper plates and plastic utensils were easy to eliminate...just making sure the dishwasher is empty and the cupboards full before our friends arrive took care of those. Since we've been using cloth napkins for the past 8+ years, I have plenty of those, too.
We have plenty of glasses, but since they're all the same, I end up with every cup from my cupboard on the kitchen counter and people still looking for a drinking glass. I had to come up with a way to label my everyday drinking glasses.
A few scrapbooking tags, some string, a Sharpie, and some of Buttercup's ponytail holders and I think I came up with something clever.