• 22 May 2013
While prepping for a casual dinner party, my daughter Emma noticed me retrieving a stack of paper plates for the buffet table (to my defense, they were "Chinette"!). She looked shocked, which actually amused me. I had no idea she had an opinion about these sorts of things! Emma then asked, "are you really going to use paper plates for the party, Mom?". I just smiled and replied that I was in fact going to use them for the party, but that I wanted to try and make them cute first. She raised her eyebrows and then proceeded to watch :)
For this simple DIY, you will need the following supplies:
1. White Chinette (best price is at Costco) or similar kraft brown paper products from Whole Foods. Added bonus: both are compostable, which is something we think a lot about around here!
2. Colorful napkins, preferably patterned
3. Silverware rubber stamp
4. Non-toxic ink pad (I like the Fresh Ink line a lot)
Dab the rubber stamp on the ink pad, being careful not to get ink on the recessed part of the stamp. You want a clean, blemish-free impress on your plates and bowls. Consider experimenting with two coordinating colors, and use one set for appetizers and the other for dessert. Stack the decorated plates next to a a pile of cheerful napkins and you're good to go at your next outdoor party, picnic, barbeque, etc.
While I like this "silverware" stamp a lot, there are many other fantastic options out there as well. Perhaps you could use a bicycle stamp for your son's bike-themed birthday party. Or a big, bold, floral stamp for a baby shower picnic at the park. If you have some friends moving away, use a "state stamp" depicting their next destination. There is lots of room for creativity here by simply changing out the colors and stamp. Here in Seattle, I like a store called Impress Stamp; but, in general I am a big fan of the selection at Paper Source (both online and in stores).
Happy picnicking! 'Tis the season~