'Tis the season to entertain friends and family al fresco: The weather is getting nicer, and everywhere I go I see people enjoying the outdoors.
I recently invited Lizzie, one of my best friends, over for a post-work al fresco dinner and wine night. Since we would be outdoors enjoying the deck, I wanted to mix it up a bit from my normal dinnerware (I'm always looking for ways to mix it up on a budget!).
Immediately I knew a trip to the Dollar Tree was in my future. They have a glassware/dinnerware section that is pretty remarkable for a dollar store (you can even order online). A trusty thrift shop is also a great place to stock up.
Once I got home, I took a moment to admire my purchases, which cost less than $9 total, and washed and dried the items thoroughly. Next, I set out to turn the silverware, wine glasses and napkin rings into some fun, custom tableware.
(Note: No one could tell that the color pop on my new dinner items was spray paint---I recommend hand-washing these items to preserve the color. However, if you're using them simply for decoration, you might prefer to scrub off the color and reapply for a different occasion!)
*Keep in mind that spray paint is not food-safe. I only sprayed the areas that would not be ingested.