When we found out that our son was due in mid-November, I realized that we would inevitably have family visiting us during the Thanksgiving holidays. For someone who had ALWAYS traveled to family for Thanksgiving, this became a daunting realization. Fortunately, our visiting family offered to cook the meal itself and, while my mom assured me that a “pretty” table was not important, I couldn’t settle with the idea of my first hosted holiday meal being on paper plates.
I also wanted to involve my daughter (2.5 years old at the time) and give us a fun mommy-daughter project after her brother arrived. This Fall Plate Charger idea fit both of my post-partum haze requirements: moderately attractive for the season and easy enough for a toddler assistant. Advanced apologies for the pictures as I took them after we finished, but I think they give a decent idea of how we arrived at the final product.
What I Used:
- Fake fall leaves
- Hot glue gun
- Optional: heavy duty fabric
(1) Take the plate(s) you intend to use, and trace the largest plate on your cardboard and fabric (optional). Cut out.
(3) OPTIONAL: hot glue fabric circle on top of leaves.
You could leave the cardboard bare (it will be covered by a plate, after all), paint it, or whatever. I opted for fabric because it would be more gentle to my fine china than cardboard or even the leaves themselves, and I found this heavy duty, soft fabric in the clearance section of my fabric store. It was also non-toxic, and wouldn’t be an eye sore if there was any open space between the leaves and the plate.
(5) Add plate and food and enjoy!