We had a little dinner party with friends on the weekend and I wanted to set a nice table, that wasn’t fall and wasn’t Christmas, since we’re in that weird in between stage. I wanted to use butcher paper, so here’s what I came up with. I painted white bark lines on to the paper to create a fun table runner.
I’d been eyeing these great President’s Choice vases for awhile, so this was just the occasion for me to pick some up. I filled them with simple roses -that were on sale this weekend, yay, and dark birch twigs. Love, love how it turned out.
I used simple white plates and glassware, and white cotton napkins. I had a fun idea to make napkin tags to go with our wood theme. I had a stick of birch left over from my fall outdoor arrangement, remember it from here. I sent my husband over to my brother-in-laws who has a saw in his basement and lives near by -great combo. While I worked on other details for the dinner, my hubs did the cutting. He came back with these.
Clearly I hadn’t described too well what I wanted to make. These were too thick to use as little tags. So, back the good hearted guy went to try again. While he was gone re-cutting, I worked on another idea. We used a drill to make holes for tea lights. The first attempt was a little crocked, attempt number two involved a little measurement and came out great.
Our friends were due at 4, it was around 2:45ish then, and we hadn’t started cooking yet. Unfortunately he ran out of wood for the re-cuts, and we were running out of time. Sometimes things don’t work out exactly how we have them in our minds, and that’s when I need to remind myself that things don’t need to be perfect, they need to be fun! So, I’m happy to report a good time was had by all despite the lack of napkin tags -lol. The next day I did the four napkin tags that he did manage to cut. I just drilled a little hole in the top and used a rubber stamp to add a number to each one.
Love how they turned out. Maybe we’ll be able to make some more later, since I’m planning a woodland themed Christmas this year.
I love the simplicity of this table, and how the white made it feel modern.
Life is what we make it, so we may as well make it a party!
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