Inspired by designer Pamela Hovland‘s hand-drawn place settings, we’ve just ordered a 48″ x 200′ roll of kraft paper ($26!) for the holidays. Pamela unrolls a long swath of paper to act as a tablecloth, then draws each persons place setting, with their name, right on it (taking care of seating arrangements in one fell swoop). At the end of the meal, she hands out pens so that guests can write on each others “plate”, like a high school year book — at Christmas, they write the imaginary gift they would give.
In the days after the party, Pamela cuts out the plates, attaches mailing labels and sends them to each guest, so they’ll have big memories of the wonderful day.
If you don’t feel up to drawing anything, kraft paper, as is, makes a perfect simple table covering. Dig the beautiful table at Canal House Cooking (whose new cookbook we’re giving away), much in the style of a French bistro.
Kraft paper is endlessly useful stuff to have on hand. It makes wonderful wrapping paper — you can draw a ribbon right on. It is available at art, crafts and some hardware stores, and also comes in white.
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