There might have been a time or two when you’ve wondered why I call myself the faux. Well, wonder no longer. Here’s an faux idea! We’re setting a Kid-Friendly Compostable Table for the holidays this year. Some may call it a major faux pas. I’m not even embarrassed about it. The idea came to me while at Ikea. A craft paper holder filled with a roll of paper was sitting on top of a dining table. I wanted to run home immediately (see video for visual reference) and affix it to the underneath side of our table. I’d cover the table in a new roll of paper every day. Kind of like the exam table at the doctor’s office. Gross, Melissa. Hallie would color and spill all over it. And I’d be happy about it.
I nixed the permanence of the roll. It’ll fit in our buffet just fine, and we won’t lose knee-space at the table. However, we’ll still be covering our table in craft paper and using compostable plates and silverware come Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Because we have a tiny toddler, and I want her to enjoy it as much as the rest of us. Do I even need to mention how great clean-up will be two days out of the year?!
Get that compostable holiday glam look!
Compostable Speckled utensils: They almost look gold if you squint.
Compostable White Dinner Plates: You can always count on dinner to look appetizing on a white plate.
Compostable Scalloped Napkins: For a touch of glam, go scalloped. Or opt for washable cloth napkins.
Compostable Starry Cups: Sparkly stars are keeping things special.
Of course, we’ll decorate the table too. Aside from the crayon hieroglyphics, we’ll line the table with eucalyptus. I love eucalyptus because it acts as a neutral, and it feels so wintery. It keeps a low, organic profile on the table, too. At $5 a bushel from Trader Joe’s, it’s quite affordable. With a mist of water here and there, it should last you at least a month. (You can see it in action in this post.) Dress it up with seasonal produce like cabbage or persimmons or pomegranates. Pick your palette. Or should I say palate? When the meal is done, you can eat the centerpiece embellishments too.
Now onto important things, the meal. We’ll be cooking from this list. And if I can convince Kev of it, I may just affix that craft paper holder to the wall like so to display our menu.
Cheers to a kid-friendly compostable table setting on the cheap, easy, and pretty! Be honest. Would you ever serve a holiday meal on paper?
I love this idea! And super cute! Plus who wouldn’t want to sirens more time with family and less time cleaning? 😉
Nothing wrong with making your life easier–and it’s still pretty! WIN/WIN!
That craft paper holder, with the roll of paper of course, will be a permanent fixture in our kitchen. I need to order! Love this idea! I would definitely serve a holiday meal on this. Fun for all ages!
I think I’m going to love it more than the toddler 🙂
I did a post for Clementine Daily a few years back using craft paper instead of a table cloth and providing guests with pens so they can write down what they are thankful for…
I’ve also used craft paper as a runner and then added lace fabric over it…looks lovely.
No kids around here (yet), but this is a fantastic idea! Minimal clean-up, no accidental breaking of dishes/glassware, and who doesn’t love doodling on craft paper while they eat?! Beautiful, as usual x