there’s something super elegant about serving a simple pasta dish for a dinner party. maybe it stems from something’s gotta give (nancy meyers knows how to do a fucking dinner)…
does that shot / scene not make you want to eat a big bowl of pasta every night? that’s what i thought. ok i’m throwing myself a dinner party tonight and eating a ton of buttered noodles.
ONE cantina tile large jug TWO target threshold pasta bowl THREE vera wang wedgwood graphite serving bowl FOUR world market sheesham oval salad servers FIVE terrain salt and pepper cellars SIX world market cress green hemstitch napkins SEVEN cb2 chaser glass EIGHT dean & deluca pesto with fresh basil NINE west elm french bread tray
The last of the super easy and free(ish) thanksgiving DIYs – add a little personality to your cocktail napkins!
I saw these napkins from Crate and Barrel, and was like what – those would look BETTER if they were homemade. And in my opinion – they do!
If you have a gold leaf pen and some white (or any color) paper napkins, you’re ready to go. If you don’t have a gold leaf pen, you can use any paint marker. I tried it with a silver sharpie one and it worked just fine.
I didn’t include any step by step shots. Because all you do is write on the napkins. I went with one saying “super thankful”, but using multiple could be fun too.
I made sure to keep a magazine between each napkin while I wrote. And I went SLOWLY for best quality.
YAY! Your very own custom set of cocktail napkins.
So here’s another super easy, quick and hopefully FREE thanksgiving DIY – twig and twine name cards. If you own twine and you can gather some sticks, you’re solid. Each name card should take about 5 minutes so you’ll have plenty of time while the food is in the oven to set these guys up.
Hot glue is preferable because you don’t have to wait for it to dry too long, but any glue would work I’m sure. Gather some similarly sized twigs, a roll of twine, some index cards or paper (you’ll cut to size), a pen and a razor blade.
step one – cut up pairs of twigs. mine are pretty close in size but NOT perfect and I cut them roughly with jagged edges, you know – for that super extra rustic touch. also cut off any of those knuckles that will get in the way of sitting right.
step two – add just a few dollops of hot glue (leaving the center unglued) to the edges and stick them together however they fit best. make sure they sit without wobbling. hold them tight for a minute until they feel sturdy.
step three – write your names on your cards and place the card between the sticks. you may have to cut down the edges to fit them perfectly inside.
step four – cut pieces of twine and wrap them around the twigs. hold tightly and glue in place on the bottom (the bottom can look ugly – no one will see!)
Voila! You have some pretty cute little name cards, and your guests will be so impressed by how green you’re being this year.
And you don’t even have to mention they took you less time than the potatoes.
In honor of one of my favorite holidays (ok maybe my all time favorite – I love dinner parties and stuffing!), I’m going to create a couple really simple, really cheap ways to create unique items for your thanksgiving table. Hopefully using mostly items you already have at home.
The first diy is inspired by a turkey, I’m not really sure it came out looking turkey-esque, but it’s a quirky little place setting to add some color and fun to the table.
Everything you need you hopefully have already. You obviously don’t need index cards. I have index cards. You can just cut paper.
Loosely draw a small circle with pencil. Around the circle, draw the shapes of your tail feathers. You can obviously do it rough and quick like I did, or you can do it precisely. If you like that sort of thing.
Using a few different colors of your choice, color in each feather. Again, this doesn’t have to be perfect because you’re cutting them out.
I cut around each wing to make sure I knew the other they were in, otherwise I probably would have gotten confused and it would have been a whole thing. You can see I wasn’t too worried about pencil lines and marker mistakes, it kind of adds to the charm in my opinion.
Carve an opening into the top of the cork, I’ve found a knife is way easier to do this with than a razor blade. But you know, howevs.
Now you can start lodging in the feathers one by one. Swap some around, cut a couple more, the possibilities are endless.
Make a little sign with your guest name and tape it onto a toothpick. Lodge the toothpick into the top of the cork until it feels stable.
And now you have a little cuteness on your table! A perfect easy DIY to do with your kids, or if you don’t have kids, your friends can ask what kid you hired to come do your place settings!