How to Make Tiles into Coasters for Party Favors

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Whether you are looking for a handmade gift or unique party favors, today have a fantastic craft for you!  I will be showing you how to make tiles into coasters.  They are surprisingly inexpensive and can be suited to any theme (which is always a huge win in my book).

I made these map coasters out of white bathroom tiles for my father-in-law’s birthday party.  The celebration was supposed to have happened a few weeks ago, but unfortunately he fell and broke his hip.  So we are postponing the party until he is doing better.

Our party theme was all about maps and thanks to a family friend who saw my facebook plea for old maps, I found myself with more than I could have imagined.  The best part?  Most were National Geographic and from the 60’s.  Could it be any better?

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What You Will Need to Make Tiles into Coasters:

  • White Tiles (you can find them here on Amazon, however, I found them cheapest at Home Depot.)
  • Old Maps, Scrapbook Paper or the Paper of Your Choice
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Clear Spray Paint
  • Sheets or Rolls of Cork
  • White Gloss Spray Paint (I wish I had used this at the beginning!)

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I loved the simple, step-by-step nature of this project.  The first thing you need to do is pick up your tiles.   If you are getting them from the hardware store, be sure to inspect each one.  Isn’t the price amazing?

One thing I wish I would have done was add a coat of white spray paint to the sides of the tiles before I began gluing on the maps.  It would have made the sides look more polished and finished.  I have pointed this out to a couple friends and they said they would not have noticed.  But in case you are as ‘particular’ as I am, I thought you would want to know.

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Cut Your Map Squares.  Trace your tile onto a piece of paper to create a template for cutting the maps.  You will need to shave the template down a bit so it fits on the top of your tile.  Once you are satisfied with a template, cut the maps into squares.

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Put a coat of Mod Podge on the tile with your foam brush.

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Carefully, place your map square on the tile.  You will be able to slide it around a little to get it in the perfect spot.

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Run your finger across the map to smooth it out and ensure there are no air pockets.

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Now put two two coats of Mod Podge on top of the map, allow the glue to dry between coats.

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Next, spray the tiles with a clear coat of sealer or spray paint.  Once they are good and dry, you are ready to move on.

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Make a new template for the cork sheets.  Trace the template onto the cork and cut out the squares.

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I tried hot gluing the cork to the tile and only ended up with a huge mess and the unpleasant job of tearing the cork off bit by bit.  Mod Podge worked so much better.

Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the bottom of the tile and press on the cork.  Again, allow to dry.

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Do you notice the unevenly glazed sides?  This is where spray painting first would have been awesome.

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I love how the coasters turned out.  All from a 16 cent tile!

Stack them up, tie them up . . . use them at the party and then send your guests home with the memento of the celebration!

Happy Creating!
~ Kristen

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How to Make a Serving Tray that will Score at Your Football Party

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How to Make a Serving Tray that will Score at Your Football Party - DIY tutorial

 

If you love entertaining, unique serving pieces and vintage-looking decor, you will LOVE this tutorial on how to make a serving tray that looks like an old football scoreboard.  It is the perfect DIY for a fun football party.  Add some great drinks and snacks (like Coca-Cola and RITZ® Crackers), and you’ll be ready to score with your biggest fans.

 

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Here is What You’ll Need to ‘Take it to the House’:

  • wood board cut to 14″ x 21″
  • scrap cardboard for staining and painting
  • stain, brush and rag
  • black spray paint
  • white acrylic paint with a small brush
  • printer and paper
  • chalk
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • hand-sander (or sanding blocks) with fine sandpaper
  • clear spray paint
  • 2 handles
  • 4 felt pads (the kind that protect hard floors)

How to Make A Scoring Serving Tray:

 
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Start your project by staining the wood.  Because the vintage serving tray should have an aged look, you won’t want fresh, light wood showing through after you sand and distress.

Pick a stain color that is a nice medium brown and when you expose the wood underneath, it will look years old and not like you just bought it at the hardware store.  Brush on your stain and then use a rag to wipe it off.  Allow the stain to dry completely before moving on to paint.

 

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Next, add a couple coats of black spray paint.  Follow the instructions on the can and be sure that the board is well covered.

 

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Now, you’re ready to print off this text template.

Free Download >> Text Template for Football Scoreboard Serving Tray

 

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Cut out the words and numbers and begin to place them on your wood board. 

 

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Once you have everything in place, use chalk to mark the four sides of each paper.  You’ll be glad you did this later.

 

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Now, the fun part.  Flip over the text and color with chalk.  Cover each letter entirely, but pay particular attention to getting a good coat of chalk on the letter outlines.  The chalk will serve as a guide for painting later on.

 

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Place your text back in its place on the board and trace over the letters with a pencil.  Be sure to trace within the black ink of the text.

 

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Finish the word completely, then . . .

 

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Isn’t that worthy of a cheer?  Next, you’ll grab your acrylic paint and fill in the chalk letters.  If you make a mistake, a moist paper towel will do the trick.

In this way, work down the entire board, chalking and painting one line at a time to prevent smudging.

 

 

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Great!  Your scoreboard looks complete.  But it looks . . . way too new.  With sanding blocks or more favorably, a hand sander (with fine grade sandpaper), distress your serving tray by sanding off some areas of paint.  This part comes down to personal preference.  How much would you like to wear off?

Be sure to sand all the edges to show wear.  Can you see your beautiful stain coming through?

 

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Then with a clear coat of spray paint, put a finish coat over the serving tray.  We are almost done!

 

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Measure the holes on the hardware to find out how far apart you need to drill your holes.  Most are 3″, however, the black pulls I bought were 3 3/4″.  Once you have the handles where you would like them, mark the holes to drill.  Double check your measurements to be sure that both sides will match when complete.

My husband braved the cold weather to drill the holes for me.  Isn’t he sweet?

 

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With holes now drilled, you can put in your handles.  I loved these black handles, but keep in mind, you can pick whatever style you like!

 

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Don’t forget to adhere felt pads to the bottom of your serving tray.  We don’t want your table getting scratched.  I used a big size (only because we have 3-million of them from the move and new wood floor).

 

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Now, you’re ready to get the party started!

 

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When I was at Walmart, I picked up Coke Zero and RITZ® Crackers.  They’re great staples for a fun and easy party.  I was thrilled when I found the Coca-Cola 6-packs (500ml), 2 for $5!

And doesn’t everything look fantastic with the serving tray?

 

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My canapes couldn’t have been simpler.  I took a RITZ® Cracker, topped it with breakfast sausage, melted sharp cheddar cheese and a few thinly sliced green onions.  They were delicious . . . touchdown!

 

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Here is where I found the Coca-Cola and RITZ® Crackers at the store:

 

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P.S. When we’re not entertaining, I put my serving tray up on my mantel with a football and it looks amazing!

Have a wonderful party celebrating the big game!  And for more football party ideas with Coca-Cola and RITZ® Crackers, check out SnacksandSips.net.

~ Kristen

Learn Something New with these Free Craftsy Mini-Classes

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Do you like to learn new things or improve upon your existing skills?  I have always been one to enjoy trying something new.  I may not always be awesome at it, but I like the process.  Simply, I love to learn!

And when I saw these free mini-courses from Craftsy, I had to share them with you.  Whether you want to improve your knife skills for quick party prep, learn how to make cake pops, take great family portraits or even create personal birthday cards, I think you’ll love Craftsy’s variety of offered classes.

(The links below are my affiliate links even though the classes are free.)

Complete Knife Skills

Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills

Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch

The Wilton Method: Creative Cake Pops

Micro Torch Basics

Amazing Crochet Textures: Ribbing, Cables & Beads

Create Stunning Birthday Cards

2015 Craftsy Block of the Month

Figure Drawing: An Essential Guide

Professional Family Portraits

Transform Your Garden Design

Machine Embroidered Classics

Ins & Outs of Grafting: A Crafty Class on Knitting Together

Flawless Finishing

Which of these free Craftsy mini-classes interest you?  

DIY Tissue Paper Garland

DIY Tissue Paper Garland - Full & Fringy!

When I was getting ready for our DIY Kool-Aid Drink Station, I wanted a full and fringy garland to hang across the table backdrop.  I searched the stores for crepe paper rolls (not streamers), but had no luck.  So I decided to try some tissue paper and I was quite pleased with how it turned out.

This tissue paper garland is perfect for a backdrop or projects that are short in length.  I am not sure I’d use it for streamers across the whole room.  That would be a lot of work.  Also, one side of this garland is flat, but that can easily be corrected fluffy toward the back and also by twisting the garland from end to end.

All you need is:  a stapler, scissors and tissue paper.  Depending on the size of your tissue paper, one sheet will yield approximately 2 feet of garland.

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How to Make DIY Tissue Paper Garland:

1.  Fold a single sheet of tissue paper in half.

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2.  Then fold it again.  However this time, depending on the length of your tissue paper, you will fold it in half or into thirds.  You want your final width to be about 3 inches.

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3.  Fold in half once more to create a center crease.

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4.  Open the last fold and staple 3-4 times along this crease.

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5a.  This is what I did the first time and it proved to take much longer than what I will show you with 5b and the red tissue paper.

But just in case you prefer this route:  Fold your tissue paper back in half so that the staples are on the end.  Cut slits into the tissue paper as shown below.

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Then unfold the tissue paper and slit all the loops.

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5b.  This way will save you time!  Before making the slits, cut and open up the sides.

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Then fold the tissue paper back in half again and cut the slits.

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6.  Fluff the garland with your fingers.

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Squeeze the garland together, too.  This will help with fluffing.

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7.  Staple your various lengths of garland together to make one long piece.

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Here was how it looked on our Kool-Aid Drink Station:

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DIY Kool-Aid Drink Station - colorful & delicious!

Here comes a fun DIY drink station, perfect for your next party or casual gathering.  It is colorful.  It is kid-friendly.  And it is delicious!  Made with Kool-Aid Easy Mix and little preparation, this do-it-yourself drink bar will be a fun treat for your family and friends.  Your guests will enjoy creating fantastic combinations of flavors, drinks and fresh fruit drop-ins.  It is a refreshing way to celebrate Spring!

The drink station is very simple to put together.  Kool-Aid Easy Mix comes in three flavors:  Cherry, Tropical Punch and Grape.  I wanted to have all three for my family and friends to try.  The mixes are very inexpensive (only $2.78 at Walmart) and I was pumped at how simple they were to use.  They are liquid and the bottle gives measurements for a single glass or a pitcher.  (It makes 6 quarts or 3 pitchers)  Easy, right?  And perfect for my drink station!

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I also picked up Sparkling Mineral Water, Club Soda and assorted fresh fruit (strawberries, grapes, raspberries, blueberries and clementines).  For those who don’t want the fizz of sparkling water or club soda, I included regular ice water on the table too.  Be sure to chill your sparkling water and club soda before your friends arrive.

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Don’t miss my favorite combination below!

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Instructions for your DIY Kool-Aid Easy Mix Bar:

1.  Pick your Kool-Aid Easy Mix flavor.

2.  Measure out and pour 3 tablespoons into a glass.

The Kool-Aid Easy Mix directions call for 1.5 tablespoons for 8 ounces of water.  Because my glasses were tall, I instructed friends to pour 3 tablespoons in their glass.

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3.  Add water, sparkling water or club soda.  

I had pre-measured to see what 16 ounces looked like in my glasses.  This way I could help others.

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4.  Finish your drink with one or more fresh fruit drop-ins.  

I loved the way the fruit looked in the drinks!

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5.  Don’t forget a straw!

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I can never resist colorful striped straws.  

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My Favorite Kool-Aid Easy Mix Drink Recipe:

  • 3 Tablespoons of Cherry Kool-Aid Easy Mix
  • Approximately 16 ounces of chilled Sparkling Mineral Water
  • Blueberries and Raspberries 

 

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This DIY Kool-Aid Easy Mix bar will treat your family and friends to a splash of color, a burst of flavor and a little creativity.  Not to mention, it will leave you looking forward to your next gathering!

What do you think would be your favorite combo?  

Be sure to check out more delicious recipes from Walmart and Kraft. I’d love to hear your favorite!

And, if you would like to see Kool-Aid Easy Mix in action, click this link to find a Walmart demo near you:  Kraft Kool-Aid Easy Mix Demos.

DIY Kool-Aid Easy Mix Drink Station and where to find it

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Our Lemonade Party

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Are you looking for a fun summer party theme?  Start thinking of assorted flavored lemonades, lemon-inspired food and a great outdoor evening with family and friends, because this lemonade party delivers!

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For our lemonade stand party, we celebrated the kids’ 5 & 7th birthdays with family.  The first thing I did was get this cute photo of my kids with lemon peel smiles.  As you can see in the picture however, only my son would keep the peel in his mouth . . . and yes, it took a bribe.  But it has become one of my favorite photos and will most definitely have a special place in the new house.

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The first big project for this party was a lemonade stand.  I saw this tutorial and asked my wonderful husband to make me a pallet lemonade stand.  We were about to have a garage sale and I knew it could do double duty.  (See a picture of my daughter working the stand in this post.  They made $40!)

It looked like a simple project, but by his own admission, Dan is not super handy (case in point, but he is awesome at so many other things!!).  The lemonade stand project was taking a lot longer than we both anticipated.  Thankfully, our very handy neighbor, Drew, stopped over to see what we were working on.  Drew grabbed his trim gun (I have got to get one of these!) and the two guys put the lemonade stand together in no time.  Aren’t handy neighbors wonderful?  Too bad we moved.

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For the party, I made three kinds of lemonade.  Of course, we served classic Country Time Lemonade.  But our two flavored varieties were Ginger and Watermelon Mint, both recipes from Oh Happy Day.  They were delicious!  I loved the ginger, but many loved the watermelon mint too.

I made these cute lemon signs with these free canning printables and my Silhouette Cameo and served the lemonade out of mason jar mugs, regular mason jars, all with cute yellow striped straws.  Aren’t paper straws fun?

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My three beverage dispensers:  plastic mason jar dispenser (this brand but larger), glass with pedestal (this one) and honey pot dispenser (like this one).

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I picked up these apple crates at a local apple farm for $3 each.  They had a ton of them, but I limited myself to three.

Our Menu:  Lemon Piccata Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Italian Bread, Vegetables & Dip, Watermelon Kabobs, Hot Dogs, Seasoned Cous Cous and Potato Chips.  For Dessert:  Lemon Cake with Buttercream Icing and Lemon Shortcake Trifle.  On the tables outside, I also had yellow cups (like these) filled with Pink Lemonade Chews.

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Party Activities:  We can’t throw a party, it seems, without some sort of activity.  And this lemonade party had two!

The first was to finish the sentence, “If Life Gives You Lemons….”  It was fun reading what everyone wrote.  And if I find the answers when we unpack, I’ll come back and add some of our favorite funny and creative quips.

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The second activity was Lemonongraphy.  Yes, you read correctly!  Dan put together a great collection of lemon-inspired trivia.  (Are we a good match or what?)  If you would like to read his list, you can download his trivia.  He created either true or false or multiple choice questions from the trivia.  We split the family into three teams and competed for boxes of Lemon Heads.

Pennant Banner:  I picked up assorted fabric squares at the craft store and cut them so that I could fold over jute to create a flag.  I used hot glue to adhere the fabric to the jute.  Then, I used Stitch Witchery and ironed the pennant closed.  I loved all the patterns!  When the house is done, it will have a permanent place in my laundry room . . . maybe a cheery laundry room will make me want to do my laundry.  Do you think that will work?

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It was such a fun summer party.  I will miss our deck and the lovely pond, but am excited to see what parties the new house will hold.

What is your favorite part of the Lemon Party?  Do you think you would try this party theme?  

See More Lemonade Party ideas on my Pinterest Board.

 

 

Creative “Touch” for Your Child’s Young Birthday Party

Creative Touch for Your Child's Young Birthday Party

 

If you have a little one who is turning one, two or three, here is a creative (and literal) touch you can add to the birthday party.  Don’t you love the detail?

You’ll need:

  • A Stamp Pad (in color with your party theme)
  • Wooden Utensils
  • A Willing Child

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Stamp his or her little fingers on the utensils and you have a simple and creative touch for your child’s young birthday party!

 

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Creative Seating when Space is a Problem ~ Entertaining Fridays #4

Creative seating when space is a problem on Entertaining Fridays.



Welcome to Entertaining Fridays!  This week, we are talking about creative seating for your guests.

Heidi wrote in with this question:  “I could really use some ideas for creative seating! We don’t have any tables that seat enough people and I hate having to split people into different rooms!  Also seating ideas for outside…”

We have all dealt with this issue at one time or another.  We invite a large number of people and then struggle to figure out how we are going to fit them in the space, let alone provide a seat at which to eat.  And contrary to our frantic, desperate moments, the answer is not necessarily to move to a bigger house.

Let’s get creative!

 

1.  Supplement your Existing Tables with Folding Tables.

We have built our stash of tables (including square, 6-foot and 8-foot) by shopping deals, garage sales and church sales.

For the square tables that we bought at Wal-Mart, 4 folding [padded] chairs came with each table.   The 6 & 8-foot tables from garage sales and a local church sale were $10 or less because they were used.  I didn’t mind the wear because I cover them up anyway.

Dan has a secret dream of selling all our large tables and buying the light-weight kind.  (Our tables are pretty much too heavy for me to carry.)  But the light ones are very expensive, so that is for the future.

 

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2.  Pick up Wood Chairs at Garage Sales and Spray Paint.

I LOVE going to garage sales.  I am always seeing wood chairs for sale, often at terrific prices.

Grab an assortment of chairs and spray paint them all the same color if you lean towards uniformity.  If you are game for some fun, go eclectic and accent their differences.  You can even distress them and give them the aged look by using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (my new bff).

 

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3.  Skip the Formal Meal and Serve Heavy Hors d’oeuvres.  

If you absolutely can not seat your guests, think about skipping the place settings at tables and shift your menu to a great selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres.

This allows your guests to lose the need to sit at a table while they eat.  Make sure to select a menu that provides for plenty of food and variety, including choices that are filling.  You don’t want your guests to go hungry.

 

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4.  Do a Walk-Through and Pull From What You Have.

Whether you are simply providing more seating around the room for guests to sit and munch or you are needing chairs at additional tables, walk through your house and look for ideas.

Do you have a piano bench, stools, an ottoman or strong crates that can be stacked and topped with a pillow?  Do you have a chair in the office or a vanity stool in the bathroom?  Is there an outside bench that can be cleaned and brought inside?

If you shy away from these types of seats because you like it all to look pretty, just remember that creating a fun atmosphere of being together sharing a meal is more important than a perfect table.  Just be sure that your guests have the opportunity to occupy the most comfortable seats before you and your family sit down.

 

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5.  Transform an Old Door into a Table.

I was at the salvage shop last month and saw many old doors.  If you are handy or know someone who is, you could add 4 legs and have a new table for your collection.

Simple flat doors are obviously the most suited to a tabletop.  Avoid doors with grooves and uneven surfaces . . . unless your handy man can add a layer of thin wood to the top.

6.  Make Use of TV Trays.  

I am usually not a fan of TV trays.  But I recently saw a pair of wood ones on a local Facebook selling group for $5.00.  Now, I am kicking myself for not buying them.  They would have looked so cute with a coat of paint and fun stenciled pattern on top!

 

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7.  Go Picnic Style for Outdoor Entertaining.

Gather a bunch of blankets, roll them and place a large basket and encourage your guests to go picnic-style.  Put all the blankets together or scatter little clusters on the lawn.  If you’re looking for a great picnic menu, check out this Picnic party – it was one of my favorite party themes!

Special thanks to Modern Cabin on Etsy for use of the above photo.  Aren’t these waterproof picnic blankets adorable?  I’d love to enjoy a casual dinner party with these chevron blankets!  L.O.V.E.)

 

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8.  Go Rustic for Outdoor Seating.

If you are throwing a casual get-together, don’t be afraid to grab your camping chairs and tree stumps for people to sit on.

 

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9.  When Possible, Design Seating into your Outdoor Spaces.

When we rebuilt our deck, we added a stamped concrete pad.  I could have put it level with the deck, but there was one very important reason I chose to have it elevated.  And no, it wasn’t so my kids could pretend it was a stage.  

I elevated the concrete pad to the height of a step so that guests could sit on the edge.  It provided instant seating and has been used many times when we have a full deck.

Is there a spot in your outdoor design that allows for step-seating?  Can you build a bench into the side of your deck railing?  If you are in the design [or redesign] stage, this is a perfect opportunity to add additional seating in your outdoor spaces.

 What ideas would you add for creative seating?  

>Join us next Friday for a simple summer napkin fold for your table.  And if you missed last week, here is my crazy but awesome gardening hack!