It’s week two of the Dare to do-it-yourself series and this week’s theme is ‘entertain.’ I absolutely love hosting get-togethers but most of my parties feature finger foods or a buffet-style meal. The man and I are having a few people over for a seated NYE dinner so I want to make sure that the dining table looks as good as the food tastes. I’m not sharing my NYE decor plans (sorry, you’ll have to come back in January to see those!) but it has me thinking about place settings.
Ever since I spray painted some toy elephants to look like brass figurines, I’ve been trying to come up with other ways to use plastic animals.
I bought this collection of zoo animals for $5 at the craft store and spray painted them white, although you could use any color you like. I just have other plans for these cuties and figured white would be a good base for whatever I do in the future.
For the purposes of this photo, I took a fabric remnant from my throw pillow project to create a makeshift napkin. It actually plays really nicely off the green place mat, turquoise dinner plate, and light orange appetizer plate.
This former tiger is now a “ceramic” place card holder! I just tied my name around his neck with string but there are so many ways to use Mr. Tiger and his zoo friends. You could break them out for a safari-themed baby shower or when serving a vegetarian meal – a little tongue-in-cheek humor never hurt anyone.