"Wild" Shelf Paper from Scentennials
I discovered a fun, easy and inexpensive way to change the decorating theme of a dining table. Decorate with handmade placemats by using shelf paper. They come in a variety of styles, colors and designs, and they can be cut-to-fit, depending upon the size of your table, dishes and place settings. You can typically find boxed shelf paper on sale at discount department stores, like Ross, Home Goods or TJ Maxx or from Scentennials. Each piece of paper makes a large oversized (16.5″ x 22″) placemat when unrolled. The animal print designs above come in sets of six for $14.50 a box.
If the scented paper seems overpowering, consider this alternative from Chic Shelf Paper. With hundreds of designs to choose from, and available in cut-to-order sizes, think how your white or black dinnerware would work with this Damask selection.
Distressed Damask in Black
Or, bright pink placemats with white tableware.
Bright Pink Fruits
Or, chocolate-colored plates on a fleur-de-lis design on ivory cream background.
Fleur-de-lis in Chocolate & Ivory Cream
Prices begin at $2.50 per square foot, or $4.00 for a cut-to-order custom size.
Consider showing off your creativity and trendy decorating style by incorporating a set of handmade paper placemats when hosting your next dinner party.
Photo Compliments of Biltmore Inspirations
I have never been a fan of paper napkins for dining, with the occasional exception being for picnic use. In Arizona, where we enjoy many meals and barbeques outdoors, my tastes still lean towards a crisp spray-starched ironed cloth napkin. They just look and feel nicer. Cotton or linen napkins are not just for dressy occasions nor as scary as you may think. They are less expensive in the long run because they can be used again and again. You can find many colors, styles and prices to choose. I suggest having an array of options in your collection to match with the theme of your party.
Wash cloth napkins in warm water using your washer’s gentle cycle, then tumble until damp dry. A shot of spray starch and a quick steam iron on both sides results in a ready-to-go set once folded and stacked in your linen cupboard.
This Damask embroidered napkin set from Biltmore Inspirations is one of my favorites. From the Breakfast Room Collection, the set of four, cream-colored, cloth napkins boast a damask red emblem and provide an elegant look to any table. 20″ square. Cost: $34.98 for the set.
Even though maintaining your cloth napkins are a bit more work, I believe the result is worth the extra effort and your guests will think so too.