Welcome to the Tartan Parade!
We're so glad y'all are joining the 4-day party (April 1-4).
Alison ~ The Polohouse
Sarah ~ Hyacinths for the Soul
Delores ~ Vignette Design
Babs ~ Upstairs Downstairs
Now, show us your tartans!
Last year for National Tartan Day, I did a more "traditional" tartan post with a Highland Tea, using my MacGregor tartan.
In case you missed it, you can see it HERE.
But this year, since Tartan Day and Easter are so close together, I thought I'd do a fun and frugal Tartan Easter-ish tablescape.
Note: In North America, the terms tartans and plaids are used interchangeably.
Being the frugal gal that I am, I wanted to use decorations that cost very little...or nothing!
Let me show you what I made...
...kilts for bottles. Aren't they cute?
They are a free download from...Here. All you have to do is print, cut them out, add a bit of glue or tape, and you have cute, fun kilts for your wine or water bottles.
Now that the drinks are covered, I started thinking of how to decorate the table.
I'd like to have flowers on the table, but since I'm trying to be frugal...I'll make some flowers...
The tartan patterns I used were another free printable download from...Here.
I cut three different sizes of flower shapes and different tartan patterns. The stamens are made from half a post-it note, which I fringed and taped to a wooden skewer.
Then I made little holes in the center of the flowers, stuck the skewer through, and added "leaves" from an old piece of faux greenery.
Now, on to the table... have you had enough tartan yet? No?...
...The tablecloth is a remnant...the placemats and dishes are things I already had, but since I didn't have any tartan napkin rings...
...I made some from the same tartan pages I used for the flowers.
Just cut a strip of the paper, tape it on the back.. ta da..instant napkin rings!
I mixed and matched the dishes the same way I mixed and matched the tartans...hopefully for a fun look.
The cake is one of those frozen ones from the grocery store that cost about $3 or $4.
I gussied it up with slices of Meyer lemons cut in the shape of tulips, and.. added Easter egg candies around the edge...
...there, you have a tart 'n' lemony cake.
Ok, I know that was an awful pun, but I'm glad you joined in the fun.
If you haven't visited Alison's, Sarah's and Delores's blogs, stop by and see what's happening there.
Happy Tartan Day!