Briget Otto, of The Oregonian, wrote a fabulous piece with helpful advice on holiday entertaining, simple and beautiful DIY centerpieces and how to set up your home for a memorable party that's fun for you as well as your guests. Click here for the whole article.
"One year, I painted gourds chocolate brown. They were deliciously gorgeous. Here's how: Place them in a deep cardboard box and use a low-odor spray paint. Krylon makes one that is truly low odor and safe to use indoors, but work near an open window. Spray a thin coat on one side, allow it to dry, turn and spray again. It's tempting to coat the gourds thickly. Don't. The paint will run. Plan enough time to apply several thin coats, allowing each coat to dry. Decorate with ribbons. It's as easy as that."
Place Settings for a Sit Down Dinner
"Can't remember what goes where? Here's a trick: Just remember BMW: Bread (to the left), Meal (in the middle), Water (on the right).
1. Salt cellar (rarely used, but a nice touch). 2. Bread plate. 3. Bread knife. 4. Salad fork. 5. Dinner fork. 6. Soup bowl. 7. Salad plate. 8. Dinner plate. 9. Charger. 10. Dinner knife. 11. Soup spoon. 12. Oyster fork (hors d'oeuvre utensil). 13. Sherry glass 14. Red wine
glass 15. Dessert fork. 16. Dessert spoon. 17. Water goblet. 18. White wine glass. "
Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.org through oregonlive.com; and The Oregonian.
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