|X on Christmas evening listening to his Grandad play his flute. Photo taken by my lovely SIL.|
I hope you all had a very, merry Christmas. We sure did! (I’m sure I’ll come back over the next couple of days to tell you about all the frustrating things that happened over the holidays. A toddler with a home full of visitors—while trying to adjust to a toddler bed and teething— is a story all on its own.) We had lots of fun with gifts this year because he enjoyed opening the presents and playing with them. The little man actually only got a pair of pjs (that he wore on Christmas eve) from me and his daddy. But, he opened nearly 30 gifts from his aunts, uncles, odd parents, and grandparents… they went a little crazy over him. But, we sure did appreciate it and he loved every second of it.
I try to use real plates and glassware at many of my parties so that I am not wasting paper goods or spending extra money on plates and napkins. (Don’t get me wrong though… I love a pretty paper item!) However, sometimes using my plain white plates at every event gets boring. I don’t want to go out and buy a ton of new dishes at every event… so, I came up with an easy and non-permanent way to upgrade my party dishes.
To upgrade your appetizer plates or glassware in a festive, non-permanent way you’ll need the following:
— Plates/glassware of choice. I used white dessert plates that I bought at HomeGoods for little money!
— A Sharpie in your color choice (I used gold)
- Using your sharpie, draw around the edge of the plate in a simple design. I usually sick to something like dots or lines to just give a little pop of a design. Keep your design at the edge of the plate, or away from the rim of a glass. Sharpie markers are not food safe.
- You’re DONE! Told you it was easy. The sharpie will last throughout the party. To wash the marker off let it sit with dish soap applied directly to the marked area for about thirty minutes and wash off.
If you want the marks to be permanent then you can cure them in an oven by putting them in a cold oven and then letting it get up to 350˚ F, leave for half an hour then turn the oven off. Let them sit in the oven until cool. I like to then leave them unused for 24 hours. Using a pen made for writing on porcelain, like the Porcelaine 150 pen, will garner more permanent results than a Sharpie.
Follow along this week and next for more of this party, first featured on Pizzazzerie.com! I’ll be featuring a tasty cocktail, an appetizer recipe, a few DIY projects, and some DIY party tips for your NYE party!
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I got a very sweet comment today letting me know that my NYE printables are being featured on Yesterday On Tuesday’s round up of last week’s A Crafty Soiree linky party links! There were so many fabulous links on there that I was super excited to hear that she featured my printables! Hop on over participate and check out the awesome links on this week’s A Crafty Soiree link party!