Tis the season to entertain friends and family al fresco: The weather is getting nicer, and everywhere I go I see people enjoying the outdoors.I recently invited Lizzie, one of my best friends, over for a post-work al fresco dinner and wine night. Since we would be outdoors enjoying the deck, I wanted to mix it up a bit from my normal dinnerware (I’m always looking for ways to mix it up on a budget!).
Immediately I knew a trip to the Dollar Tree was in my future. They have a glassware/dinnerware section that is pretty remarkable for a dollar store (you can even order online). A trusty thrift shop is also a great place to stock up.
I started in the glassware aisle where I found some fun, summery colored glass plates. I went with two lime-green plates and two smaller white plates (though there were plenty of other color choices!). I thought it would be cute to use the lime plates as the charger and the two smaller white plates as the main plate. I grabbed two wine glasses and napkin rings from the same aisle. Then I headed over to the silverware aisle and grabbed two forks and two spoons. I had a plan… It involved turquoise spray paint and a little DIY.
Once I got home, I took a moment to admire my purchases, which cost less than $9 total, and washed and dried the items thoroughly. Next, I set out to turn the silverware, wine glasses and napkin rings into some fun, custom tableware.
I used some painters’ tape to cover the tops of the forks and spoons, exposing only the handles. I did the same to the wine glasses. Then I found my trusty turquoise spray paint and went to work*. I sprayed one even coat on the silverware handles, the wine glass stems and the napkin rings, and once they were dry I removed the painters’ tape. All I needed to add to make the table complete were some candles and napkins.