This is part 7 of the series I'm writing in the lead up to our daughter's sweet 16 Venetian Masquerade baroque ball early next year. Please read the other six parts.
Making disposable baroque placemats.
I was looking for gold paper doileys, to protect my tablecloths from Italian food, but couldn't find any. (We are not using the white tablecloths available from the venue, but layers of cloths , very "OTT.") The first layer underneath will be long heavy woven bedspreads I've been collecting, with wonderful patterns. On top of those will be shorter cream or gold tablecloths, on top of those hot pink damask table runners,
vintage silver plated drink coasters, old silver plated cutlery, candelabras the same, old silver plated pedestal bowls full of fruit, low baroque vases of flowers, lace fans for the ladies, old silver plated and pewter goblets, napkins and disposable placemats. Over the centrepieces will be a thin veil of faux spiderwebs, as a concession to my teen, who wanted something spooky. As the chairs are upholstered metal, the venue promised white fabric covers, but I'm covering those with a wide cream lace sash.
The effect will be rich and textured by (battery) candlelight. Less like function rooms, with everything matching, more like a baroque private house, as if stuff had been pulled out of carved linen chests for the occasion.
I couldn't find disposable placemats to suit the theme, so I decided to make my own. I took the simple materials to the rescue service building that my husband is involved in, because they have 4 metre long table formations in their incident room. We took donuts.
4 metre rolls of silver damask wrapping paper x2, purchased at a discount store.
$2.50 au for each roll.
62 disposable placemats made , plus 2 with a small mistake, use for keeping them clean.
Cost per placemat, 8 cents Au.
Rolled up for transport.
Maximum pizza and pasta sauce protection, tiny cost.
"Sword" fighting and the sound of "digeridoo" playing, priceless.
Hubby had been to give blood plasma that day, under the auspices of his rescue service, SES. Hence the bandage. Some "Aussie bush" photos from the journey. Copyright Runningonempty.
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