Refreshed Table Setting

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By Eleah

Spring is finally here and what better way to celebrate the season than throwing a gathering for you and a few of your closest friends and family. Set the mood with homemade table decorations. The addition of a few simple elements can create a more inviting atmosphere for you and your guests. The supplies to create a sophisticated and playful table are few, and the steps to put them together are quick. In half a day you can have a matching breadbasket with fabric lining, napkin rings, candles and a runner.

This project yields 4 napkins, 1 breadbasket lining, 1 table runner, 2 candleholders and 4 napkin rings. Adjust as needed.

You Will Need:

  • 1 wooden or wicker basket (can be found at most craft stores)
  • Candleholders
  • Napkin rings with a flat surface (see mine below)
  • 4 ½ yards of cotton linen fabric
  • Approx. 65 Glass rectangular Sew-on Jewels (I chose blue and white)
  • 5 square Glass Sew-On Jewels (You will need these for corners)
  • Sewing Machine, Needle, Thread, Scissors
  • Strong bonding glue, I recommend E6000 Glue for glass and metal. 

Making the Setting:

  1. Cut the following sizes from your fabric:
    ONE -12”x38” (I cut the ends of mine into points so it wouldn’t be so simple)
    FIVE- 19”x19” squares
  2. Hem ½ inch along all raw edges…repeat with another ½ inch hem to seal the deal.
  3. Arrange your glass stones along the short edges of the runner and sew on (Tip: I used some fabric glue to hold the stones in place as I sewed them on)
  4. Arrange 1 square and two rectangular glass jewels on the corners of one of the hemmed square pieces: apply using same technique
  5.  Arrange rectangular glass jewels on flat surface of napkin rings and begin adhering with E6000 or your glue of choice.
  6. Glue rectangular glass jewels along outside of candleholders
  7. Fold and press 4 remaining square pieces and roll into napkin rings, lay bread basket lining in your basket so the embellished corners drape over the edges, lay out runner + candles and start cooking.
  8. And Serve!

Happy Easter!

By Dara

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In just a couple of days Spring will arrive and before you know it, it’ll be Easter this coming Sunday. This year, Easter falls on March 23rd. Can you believe it’s already the end of March? Where has time gone? Next thing we know, we’re celebrating New Years again. Okay, maybe I’m way ahead of myself.

Since, I won’t be back home in New Mexico this Easter, I’ve decided to dress up this boring basket and brighten it up. I’m definitely using it to send some flowers back home to my Mom. You can get a basket like this at any local dollar store. Also known as the 99-cent store. Sounds like a good deal, right?

Using about 1 ½ yard of wired ribbon, I started wrapping the basket’s handle. With another 1 ½ of the same-wired ribbon, I added it along the basket using crafts’ wire to hold it down every 3 inches. This created the little bubble like form you see. To finish it off, I took the same-wired ribbon and a yellow organza ribbon and tied a bow on top of the handle.

I filled this basket with some silk flowers because that’s what my Mom likes. However, you can fill yours with anything you’d like such as candies. If you were planning on giving it to a child, I’d recommend some items like crayons, coloring books, barrettes or even some educational books. This might take them away from all those sweets that can cause cavities.

If you’re planning on giving this basket to a friend, family, co-worker or partner, you can fill the basket with items they might like. Maybe some CDs, DVDs, reading books, cook books or accessories.

I hope everyone enjoys your Easter!