We’re finally back from Florida, but I still have open doors, oceans breezes, and patio dinners on the mind! I realize it may be a little chilly most places, but maybe if we start prepping for Spring soirees the sunshine will come? I’ll take one for the team and go first, starting with the DIY brushstroke coasters and a few simple ideas for entertaining with paper plates… the classy way.
I feel like I can speak on the topic of paper plates pretty professionally considering I’ve been working on mastering them for last 20 years. Just recently have I come to realize that mixing your paper plates with a few statement serve ware pieces makes the biggest difference in the world. My method: use paper plates for the biggest portion, and the real stuff for the things that can be cleaned up quickly or tossed in the dishwasher all at once. It’s tried and true, I tell ya!
I’ve also been on a big Cheeky Home kick because a) I’ll buy anything colorful from Target (let’s be honest), and b) they give a meal to a person in need every time you purchase a Cheeky product, and I’m 150% into that…
First, roll out a chunk of air dry clay onto a clean, smooth surface making sure the clay is an even width throughout (so that your coasters lay evenly).
Use the biscuit cutter to cut circles out of the clay and remove the excess from around the edges to let it dry completely for 24-48 hours.
Once the clay is completely dry, you can paint the coasters with craft paint the colors of your choice. I did a white base coat and then mixed various colors of pink to go with my table setting, just making quick strokes randomly with an almost dry paint brush to get the clean brushstroke effect.
Let the paint dry and then add a coat of clear mod podge to the tops and edges of each coaster to help them withstand water and wear and tear a bit better.
Obviously you can make these year round, but I love the punch of color they add for a Spring time palette!
For another paper plate styling trick, stack different shapes and sized plates for a layered look with disposable wear to make it sturdier and a bit more interesting on the table!
How are you all bringing the sunshine in? All I know is I am SUPER pumped to see daylight savings time come around again, I need sunlight past 6pm! Mostly for procrastinating on pictures, but what the heck, po-tayt-o/po-tot-o.
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