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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kid-friendly dining

Created this fun spot in the yard for the little people. Although, truth be told, the adults will have just as much funFun is the key ingredient. Everything else is just extraneous. 

Menu: burgers and fries. Out came the little colanders in vibrant colors. Insert parchment paper and individual ketchup, salt and pepper.

Bring out the craft paper and cover the table. If you don't want it to flare out on the sides, use a spray bottle with water and mist the edges and bend the paper into a  more pleasing drape. Use the kitchen flatware. Fun with a capital F!!! Put out the crayons for before-dinner fun.

Add a few votives in decorative glass containers. Even little people need to feel special.

Kitchen crystal

Colorful arrangement of flowers in a silver container

Large kitchen towels used as napkins placed under the white plates - fun.

Don't forget to light the candles.

Condiments in a divided tray

Fries in the colander and burger on the plate!

Hope you enjoyed your brief visit with the little people. We sure are glad you came along for the fun!

fun Ingredients:
Roll of craft paper for table
White plates - Dollar Tree (this summer)
Tumblers - Dollar Tree (this summer)
Votives - Dollar Tree (this summer)
Colanders in assorted colors - TJ Maxx (this summer)
Kitchen towels - TJ Maxx (3 yrs ago)
Silver coffee pot - garage sale find 15 yrs ago
Fresh flowers - supermarket

I am linking up with the 'hostess with the most-ess' - Susan at Between Naps on the Porch - click the HERE on Thursday to see all the other wonderful tablescapes. Join the fun!

Thanks for stopping by, I love your comments and I hope y'all will come back again soon.


xinex said...

This setting is very cute, Marlis. I did an outsdoor setting too....Christine

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Way too cute, and I love the "kitchen crystal"! I'm sure the kids had fun:@)

Debbie said...

I know this is supposed to be fun and for KIDS but I would love to sit down at that table myself. I love the colorful colanders for the fries. That is REALLY cute and an idea worth stealing!

Miss Char said...

What a fun table you have set. Love all the elements.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How clever -- now this is one "kids" table that the adults will want to steal.

Deanne said...

Those colanders are just the cutest, what a great way to use them!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Visiting from TT. Love your table! Sweet idea for kids! Angie xo

Crafty Housewife said...

This is adorable! I just love this idea!

Celly B said...

That is a fun table! Those colanders are just the cutest things! I love the idea of serving fries in them!

Barbara said...

What fun! The colanders are just wonderful - colors so great!

Kate Dickerson said...

This is very FUN! Looks like a good party is about to happen at your place! Thanks!

Mimi said...

Marlis, what a cute idea using the mini colanders for serving the fries. I love all the unique ideas gleaned from TT bloggers, some I wouldn't have dreamed in a million years. Thanks for sharing.

lulumusing said...

Marlis, I'm not even a kid, and I would like to be at your table. Who would have thought of using colanders to serve! I just may have to copy that idea. L

D.B. said...

This is so cute and fun! I was wanting those colanders from TJM this summer but couldn''t justify owning 4 of the same size colander! I love this idea.

Entertaining Women said...

Drats...I should have gone to TJ Maxx this summer...those colanders are darling! That's a great tip about the butcher paper table covering. Everything looks like so much fun. Thank you for sharing your charmingd design. Cherry Kay

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Marlis,what a cute table!...and so practical! Thanks for the nice comment on my tablescape. Hope you have a great weekend!

Alycia Nichols said...

This table is SO cute....and FUN!!! Those teensy little ketchup bottles are just the bees knees!!! I love it! Glad to see the little people getting their fair share of "glam" on the table! Thank you for stopping by my site earlier. I appreciate it very much! I'll "see" you around! :-)

Mary said...

Collanders and crayons make for adult fun too~ Love those fun collanders for serving fries!

Anita said...

That is absolutely the most creative and fun thing I have seen for big or little people! Too cute! My kids would LOVE that. Love the colanders too! THanks for stopping by! I think the snow idea is great, and I will have to try that at Christmas!

Nancy said...

So cute, Marlis. I love the bright colanders...what a great idea to use them lined with parchment paper as bowls. Thanks for the great tip on spraying down the edges of the paper to make it drape better. I will remember that.

Such a cute and fun table!


Sandy said...

What a cute ideal!! Talk about using your imagination! A great ideal for the grandkids when they visit. Thanks so much for visiting and your kind comments. I have been trying to be a little more sensitive to the times and the people around me by using what I have. In doing so I am finding that it is quiet satisfying. It's so easy to run out and and buy all the goodies and ideals waiting in the stores, but I must say I am enjoying using my brain and coming up with my own ideals. I hope you visit again soon.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Those little mini colanders are sooo cute! I would never have thought to use them as containers at each place setting. So clever. Great table. laurie

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

What adorable little colanders! I love this fun table for young folks -- although older ones would love it, too -- even the crayons!


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