Skeletal Dinner Party in October

Having an October enchanted evening with guests for dinner?  Invite a skeleton to the party.

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Invite a skeleton to dinner

This party has a host of guests that need some meat on their bones.  I simply folded the napkins into a coffin shape and placed the dollar store skeletons on top.

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Halloween dinner with Skeletons in a napkin fold coffin

Orange napkins and flat black plates are ready and waiting for the next meal.   Serving up the cat under dome for a centerpiece.  I also added some cryptic black metal handle flatware to create a dungeon mood.

pick your poison
pick your poison

You finest poison can only be drunk from a black crystal goblet.

Create your own skeletal dungeous table setting by using  various metals for cups, flatware, chargers etc.  Have fun with Halloween accents from the dollar store.

 

HE uncovers mysteries hidden in the darkness, HE brings to light the deepest gloom. Job 12:22

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Mother’s Day Table Setting 2016 -part 2- Crafty covers 4 the Chairs

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Mother’s Day 2016 !  Create the table setting – part 2 – crafty covers 4 the chairs

How can I change up my boring leather chairs?   In time for Mother’s Day?

Time for a cover up!

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Pink Textured fabric

Stumbling on a great find in a local fabric shop was this classy beauty.   I only purchased 2 yards of this unique, stretchy, textured fabric.  When I purchased this, I was unsure what to do with it.  I just fell in love with it!

Since  I’m loving the bright pink color, in my mind, I knew this fabric would be perfect for something!.  I often buy random fabric and create a party setting around it.  It is color and texture that grabs me at the fabric store.  Especially a 3 way stretch like this.  It’s a very forgiving fiber.

 

Creative crafting will make this months table setting stand out!.   April weather gives me time to stay in and sew, preparing a special May Mother’s Day table setting. The final setting will revealed before Mother’s Day,  so check back on this blog for the update.

 

With quick work I stitched up squares measuring carefully so I would have enough  to cover  6 chairs.  Folding the fabric into thirds,  I then made 3 cuts which cut it into four squares across  the tri-folded fabric.  The cuts left me with 12 squares enough to make six covers.  Then I began to sew the (approximately 18″) squares together on 3 sides.  I decided to leave the fringe that was  on the salvage edge of fabric as the ‘finished’ edge.   Time spent sewing was about a half hour.

Stitchin' a chair slip cover
Stitchin’ a chair slip cover

 

The kitchen became the craft room for this project.

 

 

The finished project was six inexpensive stretchy slip covers that will make my next table setting spectacular.  Be on the lookout for the part 3 of the April/May Mother’s Day 2016 Table setting.

Chairs get a new look!
Chairs get a new look!

 

Exodus 35:25   And every skillful woman spun with her hands….

Fresh Hot Plate!

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Sneak Peek at this months table setting.        Can you guess what the theme might be?

I started with these plain white plates.  Everyone suggested I head right to the dollar store, but I found these inexpensive white ceramic dessert  plates

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Plain white dessert plates ready for stylin’

at Walmart for only 88 cents…less than the dollar store.  The ceramic plates were perfect for my craft project for this table.  To create this effect, I found Martha Stewart gold nontoxic paint at Michael’s.  It was  important that the paint be nontoxic.  I intend for the guests to be able to actually use the plates to eat from.  Among my craft supplies I found the perfect foam dot paint tool to create a dotted plate.  I simply sponged the dots with the paint and and let them dry for over a week.

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Dot by Dot painting

 Next I placed the painted plates in a cold oven and turned the oven on and let the oven heat up to 350 degree temperature to allow the paint to “bake” on the plates for 30 minutes…  Feeling Hot, hot, hot…  After the 30 minute timer,  I shut the oven off,  opened the door  and let the plates cool.  When the plates were cooled, I removed the plates and placed them to finish drying.  The result is  six gold dotted dessert plates,  nontoxic of course!

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Ready and dry !

Easter is Hopping!

You might have all your ducks in a row…but I have all my bunnies in row.

Napkins Multiply like Rabbits
Napkins Multiply like Rabbits

Napkins

These colorful little bunny napkins will be filled with flatware for an Easter brunch.  The napkins needed to multiply like rabbits, so there’s enough for everyone.  This year I have decided to release my standard of traditional  seating and hop into a new plan.  Buffet style which I titled on my Pinterest page  “Buffet ole’ ” style.  These nibbling little creatures each have a carrot  purchased from Michaels, to which I added some wire to keep the lil’ cottontails wrapped together.

Spring season brings back the color into our lives.  I’m hoping My ombre cake will be a hit!…I created 6 layers each one more intense pink color .  This is simply a white boxed cake mix, I recommend using 3/4 cup batter for each of the 6 layers and adding one drop more food coloring to each 3/4 cup batter.  Bake,  then stack them with frosting in between. The topping you see is green colored coconut. Simply add a green drop of food coloring into a sandwich bag with the coconut, mix around til the coconut turns green. Place it on top of the cake with a few candied eggs.

Pretty in pink Ombre cake
Pretty in pink Ombre cake

Check back and will update with a photo of the cut layers of cake.

6 layer Easter cake
6 layer Easter cake

Christmas 2015 A Season of Woodland

I can’t help but feel inspired when I visit the shops that carry tableware and home goods.  Everywhere I look I see natural tree limbs, birch or pine and toned down colors for the Christmas table.  No glitz and shine  and baubles but trending is,  a simple serene setting that takes you back to Grandma’s house when you were a child.

I must be on a kick for folded napkins, because this year I seem to be folding for every holiday.  The Christmas tree fold is the focal point of each plate setting and I followed the  instructions using green napkins that I had on hand. IMG_2764 I carefully ironed each napkin so the folds would be straight.  Note to friends: be sure to use only napkins made with cotton fiber content, polyester napkins or nylon napkins will not hold a shape.

The plaid tablecloth was an after Christmas purchase from last year that I bought on sale, since I saw the plaid trending and I love a sale!  The same Ubiquitous white plates were used again. The square form allows you fully appreciate the tree shape and texture of the napkin.  Above the napkin tree form I found an adorable little pine cone tealight at Homegoods to use for the topper.  Green pine bough with tiny lights and a birch candle center the table for a warm Christmas dinner 2015.

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Christmas table 2014
Christmas table 2014

Last year I had noticed this trend coming and searched very hard to replicate a sense of woodland setting.  I used red quilted placemats with black chargers under white plates.  For the napkins I used a natural beige tone one I found with a tiny Christmas emblem on it.  The napkin ring I created myself using a wooden curtain ring and tied with twine a rounded piece of faux greenery into a circle for a wreath and added a copper bell. In the center I placed a pine bough with tiny white lights.  The  copper flatware I was able to purchase from amazon. A simple birch candle and lantern complete the look.

 

 

I’m seeing plaids and fur and so much warm fuzzy decor that I want to hibernate for the winter.  Last year I created bottle covers out of old plaid shirts IMG_1878and lined them with dollar store foil car shades.  The inside is now insulated to keep your bottle warm or cold and outside is wrapped in classy plaid.  I stitched some of the edges of the fabric using a blanket stitch for a different look.  My bottles are dressed for every season.

If you’re trying to conceive a woodland look this Christmas look around your house for things of wood, check your backyard for pine boughs or birch wood. Use tall taper candles and wrought iron or copper tones of metal are trending. Plaid and fur additions can cozy up your home, even if you are living in a warm climate ..evoke the feeling of a cozy home and your back at Grandma’s house.

Luke 2:12  “And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

#grandmashouse

 

 

 

Hanukkah 2015

IMG_2747Our 2015 Hanukkah tablescape this year I decided to create a napkin folded into a Star of David.  The napkins in varied shades of blue are much more interesting than using only one color on  the table.  I love a shimmering table, so this year I found a beauty in silver at  TJMaxx the silver shimmer tablecloth reminds me that the night is called the Festival of Lights. IMG_2745

 

So with another holiday to celebrate, we plan and prep for a dinner celebration and in my house it always starts with the tablescape.

Hanukkah Table 2014
Hanukkah Table 2014

To me, a blue table signifies the Jewish holiday with drama.  Last year we set out these deep blue wine glasses purchased at TJMaxx, trump up the glossy drama, the navy blue glass with white etching  are unique and glamorous. Any formal table must have cloth napkins. These blue beauties are from Pier1 Imports, with a silver edge they shimmer with a glint of silver, matching that of the plate chargers.  Since I need so many white plates, I cheated by using my simple white Corelle plates which are masked by the glitzy silver and blue. A string  of silver light bulbs in the center cast a glow with a bright cheerfulness for the evening dining.  The table runner with the star of David sets the center with nod to the season of starry nights.  No Chanukah table is complete without the Menorah candle. The tiny candles burn out quickly unlike the oil that lasted for 8 days.  The Miracle of Hannukah! Image 12

This year the Holiday begins at Sundown on December 6th. Hanukkah, which is sometimes called The Festival of Lights, seems a bit perplexing to me. As a young child, I thought everyone who didn’t have Christmas lights on Christmas MUST be Jewish…and yet they call this holiday the Festival of Lights. I know…I know…. the true story of Hanukkah was about the miracle of oil …a 1 day supply of oil to keep the candles burning, lasted 8 days and nights. We like to entertain and eat and cook food so we appreciate every reason to have another dinner party.   My playlist of music includes some beautiful songs  by Michele Gold she shares the tempo and lyrics of her background in her heritage.

Stay tuned for 2015 tablescape. Posting pictures soon.

Place tags
Place tags

Our dinner consists of beef brisket (only the red will do). The latkes are potato delights that justify the need for fried foods which they say represents the oil for Hanukkah.

Even though I am not blessed with a Jewish bloodline, I respect and honor Israel and its people.

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

 

Summer’s Final Alfresco

I’m at it again! Another dinner party!   Summer is about to end and I can’t let it get away without another outdoor alfresco  get-together. Our summers end quickly in the Northeast so we try to take advantage of the outdoors for the few short months. It’s warm enough to appreciate dining outside on the deck.  This time I decided on my outdoor theme color as orange, since I think orange is a vibrant lively color and makes conversations lively. For my dinner party of six I had enough stock of various ‘orange’ wares to adorn the table using this color.   I rummage through all my table linens and dishes to find many items to fit my theme. This is what worked together.

Orange is a happy color!
Orange is a happy color!

While the sun was still shining, as I set the table the glint from the reflection made me smile.

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Since this was outdoors on a large deck at early evening I found simple flower napkins rings in my stock that matched the plates…might as well use them since summer is all about the flowers. Most of the things I purchased @pieroneimports. These things were purchased over the last few years time so if your looking to replicate it may be hard to find. The distressed Melamine plates lent a casual tone along with the woven strewn table runner similar to dishcloth stripes helped lend a softer look to the setting tonight.

 

Lounging space for the Cocktail Hour
Lounging space for the Cocktail Hour

I set the bluetooth to a jazz channel for the cocktail hour.   I made things easy on myself for this part of the dinner so for an easy appetizer I simply heated/cooked frozen white spinach pizza and then cut it into thin strips. Wahla! As easy app!

 

Since I had to cook and entertain I had no choice but to leave my guests while I went to the kitchen to whip up some lemon garlic scampi. I made two batches with a choice of chicken or shrimp. The rolls were fresh too and luckily my guests were not left alone for long, as the dinner prep was quick.

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CHICKEN SCAMPI
SHRIMP AND CHICKEN SCAMPI

Dinner with 6 makes for enough conversation if the host is busy cooking, the conversations can  still flow in your absence.

 

I will post more dinners or parties in the coming months, even though we may move inside for the next ones I always find an excuse to host another event for a pleasant evening.

 

Last dinner outdoors this summer
Last dinner outdoors this summer!

Stayed tuned for more party tips!