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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Earth Day on Paper

In light of Earth Day on April 24, I thought I would feature these paper placemats that I found at Boxwoods a couple of months ago.  With just a few simple elements, I set a table that let the placemats shine.

These were made by Cake Kitchen Papers and come in a pad of 50 for about 30 dollars.  They are 30% recycled and printed in the USA.  The paper is about the weight of watercolor paper and has such a nice feel.

In order to let the printed design shine through, I used clear acrylic flatware made by Cambridge and a clear glass plate.

Here's the "plate".  Don't you love it?  Disregard the shadows on this post, as I preferred to set this up outside, but it is pouring rain. (But, yea for me......I had sod laid yesterday and I'm thrilled with the rain.)

I just love the way the "utensils" are viney, knotty, twisty, and primitive.

The knife and spoon are even better than the forks!  Especially with the little guests painted into the design.

Here's the way the clear glass plate let the wood grain shine through......

and this is the way the flatware looked.  You can also see the dark brown napkin with a grapevine napkin ring.

What other choice could I make?

This blurry picture shows you the wooden slice that I love to use as coasters.

I chose these brown tortiseshell glasses to go with them.

This arrangement of fresh ferns with a dracenea spike and moss in the faux bois pot stays on the breakfast table all the time.  It seems to go perfectly with this earthy tablescape.

I am, however, very glad that the insects are also faux. 

Be sure to see these parties for more Earth Day tables:

Let's Dish

Tablescape Thursday 


  1. Very clever Earth Day table! Love the placemats.

  2. Linda~ I love these mats~ the twiggy flatware is so clever :) A friend gave me some from Cake Kitchen with birds on them~ I'm still trying to decide how to use them! Love your handsome faux bois centerpiece!

  3. I LOVE those mats!! Your table is very earthy and pretty... Thank You for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful evening!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  4. The mats are wonderful! Love your centerpiece!

  5. This is so fun, Linda! You really got into the Earth Day theme! Love your's a catchy name!! :)


  6. Linda, those are the cutest paper placemats I have seen! You did an amazing job finding all the pieces like the napkin rings and clear utensils! Even the "tortoise"shell goes with the Earth Day theme--but I too am happy the other visitors are just drawings. I had a few real ones visit because I set my table outside. We have not been lucky enough to get rain--just clouds. Happy Earth Day! Linda

  7. Well I was going to say you need to squash that bug on the table. Love your table. Very Unique.

  8. Linda, these are so cute. Love the twig flatware. Wouldn't it be fun to have actual pieces like it? This is perfect for Earth Day! ~ sarah

  9. What a cute idea! I love the place mats and using them inside or out would be great. The clear plastic wear and glass plates are wonderful to see the place mats. This was perfect for Earth Day! Pam

  10. I love this! That is so creative! Thanks so much for linking this up to Let's Dish, Linda!
    Where did you find that flatware?

  11. You could not have picked more perfect placemats!!! Those are fantastic! The design is just gorgeous! I don't know who thought of that particular design, but they deserve a raise and a pat on the back all in the same day! Truly, truly, truly perfect!!! They have enough of a 3-D look that I thought the wood "chargers" on them were real!!! Hooray for your sod getting a drink from Mother Nature. That's the best cocktail for the lawn!!!

  12. You really went with the theme-very clever! I love the fancy clear flatware!

    Robin Flies South

  13. Love love the placemats. I totally love this table. What a great table to celebrate Earth Day. Happy Earth Day. xo marlis

  14. How fun those paper placemats are! Love the "twiggy flatware".

  15. Those mats are so nice and perfect for an Earth Day table. I'm thinking they are perfect for when the grandgirls come too.

  16. LOVE,LOVE,LOVE those placemats. I would be so excited to find utensils made like those! They are SO MUCH FUN! Hmmmm, I wonder if you could MODGE PODGE some clear glass dishes with those designs.
    Your whole table is so different. OH YES, how we need this rain! BUT I can see a fun outing in store with your table setting!
    Have a wonderful week,

  17. So unique! Using clear plates and utensils really was clever.

  18. This really is wonderful article ! I simply love’d it !

  19. What a great thoughtful post. Thanks for sharing, I will follow on my way out so I know the path back to your special place. I hope you will find the time to come visit me soon and do the same. I look forward to supporting and engaging together. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  20. This is WONDERFUL! You really have created something special!!!


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