I'll admit it: I'm not a huge fan of chair ties. They seem to lend a scary 1980s look to event the most posh events (sort of like these napkin folds). They also create a lot of visual noise without adding much interest. But, here are chair ties done right - vertically! Get creative and use pashminas that double as a guest favor, fabric swatches to pop against your table linens, or long silk scarves.