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It is wonderful to see how a talented person can take a simple piece of canvas and paint and create a masterpiece; a musical instrument or a piano is used to burst forth a melodious song. At a wedding or party, a simple cloth napkin can be transformed into a beautiful design and enhance the table setting and the atmosphere of the event.

There are many uses for a cloth napkin. The most obvious and practical reason to use a cloth napkin is to keep yourself tidy and your clothing clean. Many years ago it was used to wipe the sweat off ones brow on a hot summer’s day. It can also be used as a beautiful decoration for a wedding or event. It is not always practical to put food out on each plate at a wedding or party. Salads may wilt and get soggy and appetizers may not keep to the correct serving temperature or simply get spoiled if it’s out for too long. That is not the case at a restaurant, since each person plans on ordering a different item. Instead of leaving an empty plate or drinking glass on the table, the table is dressed up with a pretty cloth napkin to create an elegant table setting.

napkin with tulip

Some napkins are nice enough to be displayed on their own since today; napkins come in many different colors and printed styles. Napkins are usually matching a party or wedding tablecloth at an event.  When they are folded into different shapes the napkins make a real statement.  It’s great to put a stylish folded napkin on the table instead of filling the plate or drinking glass with food or drink.

assorted napkin designs

There are many ways for a napkins to be folded are here are just some of them. They can be folded into a pocket so silverware or invitations can be put in it. Flowers can be inserted in the pocket as well. Depending on your event, tuxedos, roses, pyramids, or fleur de lis styles can dress up the occasion. For the upcoming holiday of Easter a napkin can be folded into a bunny or rolled up as a carrot with the silverware sticking out of it as the leaves.

carrot napkin (1)

There are many how to books and videos and the possibilities are endless. Have fun playing around with the designs and create one that’s right for you and your occasion. We’d love to see your pictures and creative ideas of how your table gets dressed for an occasion.

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Valentines Day is approaching

Are you someone who needs coaching?

The girls, they are broaching!

Every day of the year

It’s nice if appreciation is brought

But they want to know at least one day

That their hard works not for naught

Chocolate is so nice

It brings a smile to ones face

Flowers too- a fresh bouquet

The old ones to replace

Rose Table Topper

How about something red or white

A lace tablecloth for women to delight

Its delicate petals scattered across the table

Hosting a party she will now be able

victorianrose

For this is something that can last quite long

When she glances at that tablecloth

Her feelings of appreciation will be strong

So show your love by treating her to something worthwhile

A classy new tablecloth that has a lot of style

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I have a grandma she is 82

She has not just one ailment but quite a few

She tries real hard not to complain,

But sometimes she can’t ignore the pain.

Since she retired she now has the time,

To listen to her body and hear it chime.

I thought it would be a great idea,

To invite her over and spread some cheer.

I’ll also invite her friends for cake and wild berry zinger

Just think of the pleasure the event will bring her.

“Great” said Grandma see you then

“I’ll circle on the calendar so I will know when.”

On that designated day they all arrived,

Happily chatting they all stepped inside.

The discussion was centered around the table

Reminiscing of the time when they were able

To knit a piece, an old world style

A tablecloth such as mine they have not seen in a while

It’s delicate lace a work of art,

Heirloom square

The intricate styles that set them apart.

So busy talking soon the hour was late,

They thanked me for the party and said it was great!

Such a good time they hadn’t had in years

No time to worry or address their fears

Never heard from them so much as a groan,

So glad of the party that I had thrown!

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On this wintery day so very frigid

I recall a memory so vivid

Of my mom and I when I was a child

My mom took my sis and me

To a wide open field filled with strawberries

For a day filled with fun under the sun

strawberry patch.

We each got a basket and told to fill to the top

Luscious strawberries we ate unable to stop

We tried to pick the juiciest ones that were red

strawberries

My sister couldn’t differentiate

So she picked the unripe ones instead

We laughed and enjoyed each other’s company

Till it was time to go home to kitchen duty

To strawberry jam making and strawberry pie baking….

Oh those days have gone by, now there are just memories

So I’m spreading out my tablecloth filled with printed strawberries

Wild Berries 2

Glad I have something to remind me of good ol’ days gone by

And made up my mind that I will try

When the weather turns warmer a strawberry patch I’ll see

And enjoy the day out with my family.

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DIY Napkin Rings

I was having  guests come over for dinner and wanted to have some nice table decor to compliment my table. I found a blog on DIY napkin rings using toilet paper rolls and fabric and decided to give it a try. I had recently reupholstered my dining room chairs and having some material left over, decided to use it for the napkin rings. I thought it would be neat to have the napkin rings match the upholstery on the chairs.

I went to the craft store to get some glue and when I told her I needed basting glue as per instructions for my project, she tried convincing me that fabric glue would work better. On a whim I brought both the fabric glue and the basting glue just to make sure. Well the fabric glue just bled through the material. The basting glue worked really well. It’s certainly worth following instructions-USE ONLY BASTING GLUE!

I also found that that thicker toilet paper roll is much easier to work with than the thinner one and hopefully will make the napkin rings last much longer! It also pays to iron the material as it much easier to work with.

I slid the napkin rings onto my cloth napkins and boy did they look great!

This project was very enjoyable and it really complimented my table! Here is the link for the DIY Napkin Rings I got lots of compliments! Try it and you will too!

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Halloween

Halloween’s around the corner let’s get in the mood!

How will we decorate-with tablecloths or food?

The tablecloths are crawling with spiders

Oh what a creepy site!

And what adorns the table?

Yummy Halloween delights!

So decorate-whatever your style.

The applause you’ll get will be worthwhile!

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Fall Colors 2012

Fall’s here and with it comes change. Back to school, cooler weather, allergies (sigh!) and the upcoming holidays. For some, Fall can be a bit depressing. For others Fall is a pick me up. The cool air can encourage you to want to change, try new ideas, new recipes, new colors. This years Fall colors are bright, colorful and exciting. It makes you want to add some color to your wardrobe, your home, your table. Even a small trinket, a table runner, a placemat can pick up your mood and brighten your day!

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