This is considered a “charger” a.k.a. a decorative plate that dresses up a table for special occasions. Showers, Bachelorette Parties, Weddings, Birthday Parties, Dinner Parties, Girls’ Nights, or just date nights… chargers can take your entertaining game to the next level on the cheap!
Chargers run about $2 per plate and can be found at local craft shops in all sorts of colors. We love ’em and think they can make a colorful statement for all sorts of occasions. Plus, they’re super low maintenance to incorporate into your next event because they can stay on the table (under the real plate) until you clean up. Of course, simple chargers are glamorous on their own…. but you know these two rookies are always looking to put a personal spin on a traditional item. Today’s geometric chargers are no different.
Honestly, these are quite possibly one of the most simple projects in the history of tablescape glam. All you need is painter’s tape, protective covering (I used wrapping paper, but old newspaper/plastic or more tape could work too), and spray paint. Lucky for your guests, food will never come in contact with the one-of-a-kind chargers…. so paint away!
Once the plates were covered, all we had to do was spray paint the exposed plate, wait for all of them to dry (ugh, hate that part) and remove the tape/paper. We were left with these modern, colorful and REUSABLE chargers that cost us less than $3 each.
The fun part is that each plate in the set can be completely different. With each one slightly mismatching, your table will develop a lot more design interest, forcing your guests to really take notice. (In our case, we’re hoping our guests will be so distracted by the design interest that they have less time to be focused on the meal).
We paired our gold & mint chargers with a bold black & white striped napkin and white dinnerware for a modern look. But we think by pairing these bad boys with other napkins, these chargers could take on an entirely different look and could work for a ton of other events. We’re excited to mix and match and maybe even add a few extra colors to our set. Heck, they were so easy to do… why not?!
Maybe a red & white combo could be more appropriate for this weekend’s festivities? Remember, the chargers come in ALL different colors! Stars? Stripes? The possibilities are endless!
Finnnaaaaallllllly, I have the pictures of my wedding venue to share with all of you! I didn’t get the bulk of our wedding pictures back just yet (trust me, when I do… you’ll know about it), but I was lucky enough to get the pictures taken by a friend of ours, an amazing photographer, before the reception started! (If you’re getting married in the Chicagoland area, I would HIGHLY recommend her). So without further ado, welcome to our wedding….
Here are the details from our perfect night:
– Our reception was hosted at the Danada House in Wheaton, IL.
– The story of our centerpieces: to cut down on flower costs, to add an individual touch to the tablescapes & to keep the vintage feel alive throughout the venue, the centerpieces and glassware throughout the reception were all DIY-ed (thanks to a previous bride’s genius idea and hard work). The 300+ pieces of glamorous glassware were collected from local Goodwills and thrift shops. Tea cups, old candle sticks, banana split bowls, tiny vases, old drinking glasses or any vintage glassware we could get our hands made the cut! Each piece was different and each piece dripped with history and character. We placed a tiny tea light candle in the individual pieces of glassware and scattered the groupings of glassware with deliberation and calculation (thanks to my amazing aunt & cousin who have have a professional eye for all things creative) on each table as well as any of the cocktail tables or decorative tables throughout the venue. The dining tables held about ten pieces of glassware, a bit of lace that the glassware was placed on, and gold ornaments in a large hurricane vase at the very center of the table. The candles were lit right before the guests were welcomed into the cocktail rooms and eventually the dining room. The dim light paired with the hundreds of candles and splashes of Christmas lights made for a breathtaking & romantic ambiance the entire evening. I not only loved the major money we saved, I loved the unique feel this collection of glassware offered. (side note: if any Chicago brides are interested in buying this set of 300+ vintage glassware…. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details!)
– Tune in a week from Monday to hear about our DIY Photo Booth (see below).
– And to see ALL of the day’s photos, stay tuned. Once I get them, I will get those suckers right up on the blog for you to enjoy!! Thanks for all of the love & support as we dish the deets on our special day.
Here’s a pic from our amazingly hilarious DIY photo booth (thanks Molly!!)…. more details a week from Monday….
What do you get when you add gold glitter + plaid + a deer silhouette? The answer…this fabulously festive holiday project!
Before we get into nitty-gritty details of the tutorial, let’s just say that this is such an easy do-it-yourself project.You’ll be done quickly, with plenty of time leftover to tackle your holiday to-do list. Supplies: -Canvas
-Staple Gun & Staples
-Silhouette of your choice
First you need to prep your canvas. We suggest buying a cheap canvas from a thrift store, since you’ll be covering it with fabric anyways. Cover the canvas with your fabric, and secure on the back with a staple gun. Be sure to pull tightly as you go, and staple to the wooden frame.
When that’s ready, it’s time to stencil your silhouette directly onto the front of the canvas. We went with a deer head (or perhaps it’s a reindeer?) that we found online and traced onto a large piece of paper. We cut the deer head out and used a pencil to stencil it onto the fabric.
Now the fun (& somewhat messy) part! Get out that gold glitter and glue and let’s get to work.Outline the deer head with glue and use the foam brush to cover the large area in the middle.Then lightly shake some gold glitter onto the wet glue. We suggest working in sections so the glue doesn’t dry.
Once your reindeer is all glammed up, name him (we went with “Rudy”), and add him to your holiday display.
We are in love with this preppy and whimsical project, and we hope you’ll add your own deer head to your holiday décor.
P.S. We created this Glitter Reindeer Head to include in the “Fabulously Festive Design Contest” by Homes.com & Olioboard.
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