Everyone is trying to pinch pennies (or I should say dollars) this holiday season. There is something to be said for DIY decorating, gift wraps and table settings. Yesterday our family celebrated my Mom’s 81st birthday. Because her birthday is close to Christmas, I wanted a festive table setting without spending a great deal of time (or money) on it.
I grabbed one of my shorter flower vases and filled with clear glass pebbles. I did some snip-snip of pine branches in our yard, as a last minute thought I clipped a few branches from a Japanese Maple. The vase void was filled with miscellaneous holiday ornaments. A splash of water and I had a pretty awesome looking centerpiece in less than 10 minutes. It should last a week or so and when the pine needles start to drop, they will be discarded and freshly cut pine branches will replace them.
The island table top is decorated with a strip of brown Kraft paper and random cuts of holiday gift wrap. I tied the silverware and paper dinner napkin with festive ribbon. As you will see below, my youngest grandson put the ribbon to good use as a Ninja dinner warrior.
Merry Christmas place cards were printed on card stock using MS Publisher. A candy cane dressed the drink ware which the grand kids loved. The menu included spaghetti with meatballs, garden salad and garlic bread. My Mom’s birthday cake was an apple crisp that was yummy delicious.