Throw a dinner party and get creative!
Whilst at uni us TWB gals loved a bit of hosting. A chilled night in spent with friends, food (lots of cheese), wine, and the odd ridiculous game was one of our favourite ways to spend an evening! Cooking lasagne was our speciality and i'm pretty proud to say we have it down to a fine art. On top of the cooking we love to push the boat out and get a little creative. So, we've compiled a couple of ideas to inspire you to add a touch of sparkle and personality to your dinner table.
For the last two years Ken and I have shared birthday parties, which means sharing champagne!! It may be a little silly but purely to be sentimental, we've kept the champagne bottles from our 20th and 21st birthdays. I wanted to make use of mine and display it in some way, so have popped a candle in it, which proves a pretty cool candle stick holder. Get a few lovely bottles and candles together and it looks beautiful! A perfect table setting for dinner.
Another cool idea might be to personalise the plates and bowls which you can do SO cheaply! Simply use a sharpie to write messages, notes, lyrics, quotes or doodles on each plate and then pop in the oven at a high temp (roughly 350 degrees) for half an hour.
Wine glass charms are great for parties or gatherings as a way of keeping tabs on whos drink is whos. So, as well as adding a little bit of sparkle to the event they're practical too!
Heres how to make them...
You will need:
Wire cutters or scissors for thin wire
Beads/Charms of your choice (I had a sift through a pot of buttons and managed to find a few lush gold and silver, 'vintagey' style buttons)
1. The wire I used was really quite thin, and seeing as I had it lying around the house and needed to save some pennies, I attempted to make the wire thicker by twisting two pieces together rather than forking out for some more. This made the wire thicker and stronger, but I also think it adds a pretty effect!
2. Cut the wire to approximately 2 inches long
3. Twist one end up into a small swirl or circle. Use wire pliers, or if the wire is thin and malleable you can use scissors or tweezers to do this.
4. Thread the other end through your bead, charm or button.
5. Finally curl up the other end as you did before. (You're aiming for a semi circle type shape.)
...and you're done!
Sometimes the simplest ideas really are the best, so popping a candle in a wine bottle, or a flower in a glass jar...just adds a touch of something personal and pretty and means you are left with a delightful setting for a dinner party or BBQ without having to spend a bomb! (or any money at all even!)
I hope this post has inspired you get crafty and create some lovely little decorations for your next gathering. After all, we've tended to find that attention to detail always goes down a treat!
Lots of love,
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