I like parties, but I love to plan parties. Planning themes, color schemes, menu, and those wonderful extra touches.
In last weekend’s birthday party, which was for a very loved girlfriend, I knew I wanted to use those beautiful pink dishes I have and have never used which I inherited from my mom – years ago. It was a 11:30 a.m. birthday party, so that helped with the menu choices. (I’ll talk about the food in another post.)
So I started thinking about what I’d like the table and the food table to look like. I looked in my pantry for dishes and service pieces I might be able to incorporate. I looked in studio for materials I might be able to incorporate. I also checked out my Pinterest boards to see if there was anything there I’d like to incorporate. Use what you have first, and don’t only look in the obvious places.
Then I got out my notebook and drew a couple of pictures that proves I’m not an sketch artist …
I really like the burlap sleeves for the silverware settings that I’d seen around, and had already bought yards of burlap months and months ago. I drew up another couple of drawings and began making prototypes. I first made one with a flap that covered the front of the silverware, but the burlap I have is pretty floppy and only looked messy. I tried a couple of fabric flowers and thought they looked too rustic and amateurish. What I came up with was using some vintage brooches I’ve had for years which my mother-in-law had given me. They belonged to both her and her mother. I had five and needed one more for my party of six. I pulled out all of my blings that looked similar and decided to use a couple of rhinestone shoe clips put together. No one knew (and yes, of course they were cleaned!)
You would have to make your own to fit your silverware, but mine were finished at 3 1/2 inches wide and 10 inches long. I zigzagged the edges along each side, except for the top. The top was originally sewn, but when I cut off the flap part, well, um, I just left it unfinished.
I knew I needed napkins (actually, I didn’t need napkins because I found some vintage white ones I’d forgotten I had until I went to put my new ones away!!), and with the pink and gold (I wanted to add my gold-rimmed white dishes to help the pink dishes stand out against the white table clothes) color scheme, so I headed off to the fabric store.
- I bought 2 yards each of a lovely solid pink and a metallic gold and white fabric.
- I washed them and cut them into 18″ squares, yielding 8 squares of each fabric.
- I pinned one of each fabric, right sides together, and sewed 1/4″ seam allowance around all four sides, leaving about 3″ to turn them inside out. Trim corners without clipping stitches.
- One thing I’ve found that really helps is to press the 3″ opening. It’s easy to see where the fold should be when you stitch it closed.
- Once sewn, pull the fabrics through the opening and press flat. I often use a large wooden knitting needle to push out the corners so they are sharp points (don’t poke a hole in it!)
- Then, top stitch 1/8″ around the napkin on all four sides. Press again, on each side. Voila! Lovely napkins that are a fraction of the cost of those you would purchase at retail stores. The finished napkins are so beautiful, their ‘feel’ (i.e. the weight and size) are luxurious, and they were absolutely perfect for the place settings.
Yes, they took time, money, and effort, but I know I’ll get lots of use out of them and will be proud to have them grace the laps of the many wonderful ladies who visit my home.
I love them, don’t you?
So, next time I’ll tell you about our food. Basically it was a soup and salad lunch with cake and ice cream for dessert. However, don’t be fooled friend, it was pretty special.
Talk with you soon.