Friday, August 14, 2009

Tabletop in a Box

Loving china and tableware seems to run in my family, so I decided to put together a "tabletop in a box" for my sister's birthday. I hope this black-and-white set will give her a fun alternative for entertaining. Trying to put this together for under $40 was a fun challenge.


This square damask-print plate inspired the whole gift. Find them half-price at Hobby Lobby.


Clear glasses from Dollar Tree got dressed up for the dinner party with vinyl monograms.


And black-and-white dish towels -- picked up at Dollar Tree and embellished with a monogram -- are a clever alternative to traditional cloth napkins.


This cloth-covered box, also found half-price at Hobby Lobby, holds service for four with plates, drinking glasses and napkins tucked neatly inside.


When Jennifer sees entertaining in black and white, she can open this box of goodies to set a chic table for four. And then when she is feeling blue, seeing red or going green, she can pack this set back in the box to save for future use.

Pack a tabletop in a box for a great birthday, wedding or housewarming gift!

29 comments:

faithful love said...

This is a stunning gift, and so cute, and I absolutely love the black and white patterns...where do you get the vinyl monograms and will they stay on or wash off? What a great idea for a wedding shower...Thanks so much for sharing it...and the kids are all so beautiful...love the girls little bathing suits...so hard to find modest ones these days...
Blessings...

Barbarann said...

What a great idea--wish we had Hobby Lobby in our area and since I have found your blog I am longing for a monogram machine!!!!! LOVE your posts and all your ideas!!! Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. G said...

What a darling idea! You did an amazing job for a great price. Your sister is one lucky girl.
Hope all is well with you and yours.
Hugs,
Sue

Sandy Toes said...

HOw cute! I have that box...three of them that stack as a matter of fact!

But, what a great idea!
sandy toe

"Blossom" said...

This is such a wonderful idea. And I just know she is going to be thrilled with the gift.

Vonda Chalfant said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea! Isn't Hobby Lobby dangerous? Not as dangerous as Home Goods, but risky just the same!

Rebecca said...

I love it! I may have to swing by Hobby Lobby today!!!

Laura said...

Loved this post! I wish I were your sister!!:)

Cristin@ Serendipity said...

Such a lovely gift, your sister is going to love it...{and a creative challenge by keeping in all under $40}! Success on so many levels!

Melissa Lester said...

Faithful Love, I cut the vinyl monograms with a friend's Cricut. They are super-easy to cut and apply. I will do a tutorial soon! The glasses will need to be hand washed as if they are handpainted.

And, Vonda, maybe a box will be coming your way for Christmas or your birthday!

Beth said...

This is adorable! I love this and how impressive that you were able to do it so affordably.

Michelle said...

FABULOUS!!!

julie said...

hey melissa! beautiful! i love this idea and will be copying! i recently did the same with some glasses i picked up at tjmaxx for $1! i do have a cricut and love it! thanks for the wonderful idea!

Judy said...

What a wonderful gift! Your sister will be sure love it. Gotta love Hobby Lobby!

Mary Beth said...

This is a GREAT idea! I was looking for a good "back to school gift" for our babysitter (I'm fortunate to have a great friend take care of my children when I'm at work... I teach, so I only do this during the school year). This will be perfect! Thank you sooooo much for sharing! I can't wait to get started. I'll be going by Hobby Lobby today!!!!

faithful love said...

Thanks Melissa, I just found a darling little box at Home Goods in pinks and greens, and my niece's 3 year old daughter's bday is coming and I think I will try to find cute baby plates and cups (they are always in the bright colors, wish they had pastels)and other baby things to put in it for a picnic tea party set for her...little napkins and things for her to have pretend parties with...a princess wand too of course, so she can be the princess of picnics when her friends come to play...thanks again...love the way you monogram with your last name letter on everything, what a nice touch...

Donna said...

Beautiful gift idea! You are so creative. Love your blog. I also live in Alabama northeast of B'ham.
Donna

Jennifer Driver said...

My, what a lucky girl your sister is! :) I love my present! Thank you! The photos are really cute!

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

Gorgeous, Melissa - what a treasure you've given your sister. :)

Judy said...

Well, I clicked over to share with you about the the rest of the school week and check in with you and your sweet girls but when I saw this b/w post, I am still drooling on my keyboard! You are the most talented lady I know....I love all of these ideas and might use them for Christmas for my "girls" (Shannon and Jennifer).

Today the twins went back to school, they had off Tues. & Wed. (they staggered the kindergardeners this week) and neither one wanted Shannon to walk them in! She told them they weren't getting rid of her that easily!!! Also, Jackson lost a tooth this week and now Taylor is checking all of hers. We're giving him a silver dollar and a mini-flashlight (what a combo) cause he loves to play with David's flashlights!

I'm hoping Shannon and I make it to your Sept. 12th speaking engagement....that is my b'day and I can't think of anyone else I'd love to hear speak.

Hugs!
Judy

Sue said...

What a beautiful gift. You have the best ideas, I love checking your blog - frequently!!

Just a little something from Judy said...

What wonderful ideas I find by just visiting this blog. This is a meaningful and thought out gift that any one of us would love to receive. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Jenna said...

You are sooo talented Ms. Melissa!!! God blessed your eyes and hands! My name is Jennifer and I have a little Sister named Melissa, if she sent this too me, I would be more then delighted! It is so beautiful, feminine and chic! I love it, and your blog... Your babies are walking lil angels!

God bless you!!!

Kristi said...

Could your dress on Sunday have been an inspiration?... Or perhaps vice versa?...

Melissa Lester said...

Ha! Ha! Maybe so, Kristi. I was actually wearing black and white when I gave it to her, so I told her I always try to match my gift presentation.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Absolutely beautiful! (I'm partial to black and white...as you can see on my blog :o)

What a beautiful birthday gift!

I just wanted to give you a blog hug (aka award) to say how much I enjoy your blog. Please take a peek and if you would leave a comment, so I know that you were there.

Blessings & Aloha!

Workin' MAMA! said...

Okay, it's 'so' official -

You are a homemaking genius!

Yes, HomeGoods is the most dangerous place I know - and If we had a Hobby Lobby - a place my aunt speaks fondly about -
I'd be locked in the house by my hubby - he'd certainly take the car keys away!
Fantastic Post!

Latrice

prashant said...

Such a lovely gift, your sister is going to love it...{and a creative challenge by keeping in all under $40}! Success on so many levels!


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kanishk said...

You did an amazing job for a great price. Your sister is one lucky girl.


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