kraft paper table “cloths” and place settings

Pamela Hovland kraft paper place setting

Pamela Hovland

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.

Pamela Hovland Kraft paper place setting

photo: pamela hovland

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 table setting

photo: Christopher Hirscheimer

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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5 Responses to kraft paper table “cloths” and place settings

  1. Drew 11.16.2012 at 12:06pm #

    This is a great idea. Thanks for the “krafty” inspiration (sorry, that one was too easy to let pass).

    Love your blog!

  2. Doris Holsten Hovland 11.17.2012 at 8:33am #

    We’ve made towns with roads, houses, and buildings on the kraft paper and played with Henry’s cars on the long 12’table at Pamela’s house also. She is very” krafty”!!! I should know – I’m her mom!!

  3. Sally 11.17.2012 at 4:08pm #

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