Frugal Friday: My (not so secret) Party Table Top Placemats
Big family, love to entertain, love to host, love to decorate = $$$$
Today? My secret table top placemat tip
When we design a Dining Room, we include custom lined and interlined Couture Chateau Placemats, Table Runners and Napkins
When I host a party & need a frugal fix for placemats…..shhh……:
1. Source bulk inexpensive fabric. I try to plan for 2-3 yards per place setting. 2 of my FAV online sources: Design Diva & Glamourous Fabrics. Both of these retailers carry overstock or out of season designer brands including Clarence House, Donghia & Brunschwig. They also run sales & specials. I have purchased fabric as low as $8/yard.
2. Grab your: Cork Boards or Cardboard Boxes Cut to Size
3. Start wrapping, duct taping, glue gunning, double sided taping that designer fabric on
Yes, this Couture Chateau girl wraps & glues in the name of a fabulous sit down dinner party
I have used: Toile, Chenille, Plaid, Burlap, Quilting, Suede, Linen…heck, I even used SHAMS. Yes, I used shams, twice actually: Ralph & Peacock Alley. Just cut heavy duty cardboard and slipped it inside, taped those puppies shut and voila.
Peeps thought we had suuuupppper xpensiv custom placemats
Royal Crown Derby China from grandmother helps…but…
yes, of COURSE I gave it up….notice the title (not so secret)….!!
My point: Frugal Friday = making your custom home “you”
Don’t be afraid to TRY an idea
Point of order: DO NOT RUSH, especially with these “crafty” type things
If you do…it will look cheap. Trust me, it will.
Remember that old saying? Good – Fast – Cheap?…you only get two at a time
So pull out the thinking caps & remember
“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™
Off to Arizona this weekend…will see you Monday!