Table For Two (most of the time)
Being a family of two, Jaysen and I go through our daily meals with very little china involved. We possess a pair of everything, his and hers mugs, tea cups, tall glasses, starter plates, table napkins, and soup bowls, save for the starter set for dinnerware. This serves us just fine except for the rare occasion when we entertain at home.
Yesterday, we had a few friends over for a post-birthday dinner. My mom's cabinet full of dinnerware, cutlery, and china was sorely missed. I suddenly understood why she throws a fit when we break plates that were part of a "collection". I was in a bind. I definitely cannot have people use mismatched plates, cutlery, and glasses. For a moment, I seriously considered just buying a set and get it over with. Of course, after considering our storage limitations and the fact that we will probably just use it twice a year, I didn't.
Enter DIY party solutions. Several months back, TrueValue had 50% discount on Ball's mason jars. With just a few baking storage purposes in mind, I bought two 12-pc packs. I just thought it might someday come in handy if I wanted to store something. Last night, they became our "glasses"! All matchy-matchy paired with colorful straws.
For plates, instead of using the flimsy paper plates, I found a disposable, biodegradable, plastic plates. It looks like they have adults in mind when they made these. It's sturdy, big enough and it comes in cute colors. This went well with the colorful cutlery :) . Party supplies can easily be found in Shopwise or Rustan's Fresh. We were able to use our leftover chevron paper napkins we got from Celebrations Party Central last year. I love visiting the Celebrations store, it makes me daydream about endless party themes and options.This place ranks up there in the places I can get lost in, second to the bookstore.
Our set-up looked more suited for a girl than a 30-ish guy who loves ube cake :) . Thank goodness we have enough glasses for those who wanted wine and scotch! That's all good. I'd like to think the company and the rowdy conversations were what made last night memorable.