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Thursday, April 12, 2012

How To Make A Personalized Table Setting  
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A Table-Setting for Mom + Great Recipe Idea

Whether for Mothers' Day,  a birthday, or a bridal shower, this tablesetting will surely bring a smile to the faces of everyone who enjoys it!  The most important part of any meal is the FOOD, but creating paper projects for your table will give a WOW factor, no matter what you serve!  So that you still have time to prepare that delicious food, I've kept these projects SIMPLE . . .so that whether you want to make ONE fancy placesetting for the person of honor, or an entire table of them, you'll still be done in no time at all!


Teresa Collins Spring Fling Paper Pack (12x12 papers and diecuts)

Frosted Teal Bazzill Prismatic cardstock



First up - a card! I like to start with a card, because it gives me a starting point for all the other projects.  I LOVE the giant flowers on this paper, and I knew they were SCREAMING to be cut out. There are no tiny corners or tricky areas to cut around, which keeps it easy breezy!  After trimming a flower, I simply used a striped diecut strip, and a wider strip of paper, and adhered it to an aqua card base.  I added one more little circle diecut as a finishing touch.

Can I give you a little tip? When you use diecuts that have to be punched out, use a scrap of sandpaper, a nail file, or a sanding block to get rid of those perforated dots that are left behind.  It will give your project a more polished look. 

Next up: placecards.  The standard "go-to" size when I make placecards is a 4x4 square of cardstock, folded in half to create a 4x2 front.  Want another tip? Especially if you are making a LOT of placecards, use a Scor-Pal to quickly and easily score down the center of your card. It will make folding them all EASY BREEZY! (I told you, this project is all about quick and simple - that's just the way I roll!)

On my placecards, I echoed the same layout of my card, using another piece of the diecut strip, and this time a scrap of  aqua cardstock.  It creates cohesion, and sure makes my life easier, because I already have  a gameplan.  Get creative when placing names on your placecards.  You can handwrite them, use stickers, chipboard, or even print names on the computer.

Okay, onward to the third project - the napkin ring!  Trim a length of cardstock (this really can be any width you like - my strip is about 6.5x2) I punched out another handy dandy diecut strip, and used Scor-Tape (best invention EVER) to adhere it along the bottom.

After attaching my scalloped strip, I added another length of Scor-Tape along the short side, and rolled up my napkin ring, pressing the edges together to adhere. Then I folded up the wings on this sweet diecut butterfly, and attached him just at the center for a pop of dimension.

(I love the doublesided patterned paper - doesn't it look neat even on the inside!?)

And now, the finished products . . . I'd like to point out something important here - are you ready? Sometimes paper-crafting products become a project  without you doing ANYTHING to them.  See that lovely polka-dotted placemat? It's just a piece of patterned paper! I didn't do a THING to it. (EASY BREEZY anyone!?)

Here's another quick and simple finishing touch.  I had diecuts leftover, so I stuck a buttefly onto the drinking straw! Adorable! Other ideas for those leftover diecuts . . . attach them to toothpicks to stick into the tops of cupcakes, or cheese cubes!

And just because I've made myself hungry, thinking about brunch, I'll share with you one of my favorite brunch recipes.  Do it the night before, because it needs to sit in the refrigerator overnight, which is awesome because it's one less thing to do at the last minute.  This is a special-occasion tradition in my household.  I am not sure where I ever found the recipe, but it is PERFECTION!


French Toast Casserole
1 lb. load Itallian bread (unsliced)
8 oz. lowfat cream cheese
1/2 c sugar, divided
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c chopped pecans or walnuts
4 eggs (or 1 c Egg Beaters)
2 c milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. butter, melted

Cut bread into cubes. Place 1/2 cubes into greased 9 by 13 baking dish. Microwave cream cheese to melt, stirring midway. Once melted, add 1/4 cup of the sugar. Pour mix over the bread (won't cover completely). Sprinkle chopped nuts. Top with remaining bread cubes. In a bowl, beat eggs, milk, cinnamon, remaining sugar, and melted butter. Pour over bread. Let sit overnight in fridge. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve with syrup or fruit topping.

Posted by lauralooloo