December 4th, 2012 No Comments

tabletop: 2 ways to liven up your place setting

One wooden button, used two different ways. I found these simple wood buttons at Michael’s and painted them red (this took less than 15 minutes using “craft smart” metallic paint in red). The first idea is a classic red and white place setting using white round plates, red linen napkins and red grosgrain ribbon tied through the button holes to make 2 bows. The second idea uses favor boxes at each place setting. Each box is wrapped in wrapping paper, and the button is bound on top of the box with two pieces of burgundy velvet ribbon. I showed this favor box with square plates, a sake glass and chopsticks. We sometimes order in Chinese or Japanese cuisine the night before Christmas or New Year’s Eve. But you can easily use these favor boxes with the button and ribbon on a more traditional place setting. I’ve also shown two different ways to lace the button below. The nice thing about these wood buttons is that you can paint them any color to work within your own holiday color palette.