Saturday, October 8, 2011


Tomorrow night we're celebrating my husband's birthday with a dinner party.  Here's a look at some of the new things I tried while getting ready.
First of all, I made place cards using this idea from Martha Stewart's website.  Complete instructions for making place cards to her size are on her site.  Here's her version!
For the centerpiece, I was inspired by something we saw on our trip to Monches Farm.  They had a cloche with some beautiful French ephemera adhered to it.  The cloche from Monches Farm is shown below.
So I got out my own cloche and figured out how to do something similar to go with our fall dinner party using Inkjet Static-Cling Window Decals.   The only place around here that carries this product is Office Depot, so if you're interested in trying it out, that may save you some time.  You can also buy it on Amazon.

So here's the sheet I printed out for my cloche along with a few extra "bats" for something else.  I used graphics from the Graphics Fairy - some are for this project and some for another.  You want to fill up the paper to use every bit.  The "graphing paper-like" backing peels off as you can see below.
However, be ready to enlist utmost patience for this part.  It took forever to get the two sides apart!  There must be an easier way and I just don't know what it is!
Then, carefully lay the cut out graphic on your vase, cloche, or window - whatever.  You could also put it on the inside of the cloche.  It sticks really well and it's removable too!
Isn't that an unusual effect?  Just think of all the different graphics and words you could use for all the holidays!
See the tablecloth?  It's nothing other than . . . BURLAP!  I'm getting to the bottom of my pile.  It does make a really nice tablecloth for fall.  I love the contrast of rustic burlap and the fine crystal glasses and silver.
And there he is - the "guest" of honor!
Our Menu?

Chicken Marsala with Cremini Mushrooms
Steamed Broccoli and Toasted Almonds
Garlic Angel Hair Pasta
Crisp Romaine Salad
Italian Bread

A great dinner for a great man!
Happy Birthday, Bobby!

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Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

That is such a great idea and I love the burlap too!

Rhissanna said...

Wow! This is why I love bloggers! I find such cool stuff! Print my own window clings? Brilliant. Thank you!

Oh, and Happy Birthday, Bobby.

hey, can I come for dinner? The menu sounds amazing!

Susan @ said...

I love the window cling idea! I have a very similar cloche and window clings would be a great idea for ANY occasion! Thanks for the great idea!
Im pinning it :)

Marsha said...

Wow. I like the idea of using the static clings on the cloche!
Thanks for sharing.

Veronica said...

Oh my goodness, that cloche with the decals is absolutely gorgeous!! What a super idea!! Your table looks so pretty! Happy Birthday to your husband too!

TracyMB @ Crow's Feet Chic said...

LOVE how that crow looks on the inside of the cloche!! I just purchased a couple pkgs of the stuff (Walmart has it here in Canada) and was going to print spider webs. Now I must get the crows printed too! Beautiful table too! :)

firstnightdesign said...

The hard work was well worth it!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That is amazing, I love the look! And I'm sure you are going to change out with the season. I have never heard of window clings, not that you could buy and print! Thank you!

Happy Birthday Bobby!


missmacymay said...

Classy and rustic, love it. Thanks for showing us how to use inkjet window cling, great idea.
Can you please tell us what font you used for the placecard? It is so pretty.

Nan said...

Missmacymay: Thanks for the comment. The font I used is called The King and Queen, and it's free on :)

Tanya said...

I love reading all your creative ideas and the burlap does look quite wonderful with the settings.



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