So, company’s coming!
It’s that time of year, and I’m getting ready to host my family Thanksgiving Dinner. Should be great! I come from a storied history of huge holiday dinners. My mom, the consummate hostess, threw Thanksgivings where everyone was welcome: friends without family, visiting missionaries, extended-extended family, shut-in neighbors – I think we topped out at 35 guests one year.
So I like a big party!
And while I’m the not the hostess my mom is, I can still get it done. Every year I look up how to make a turkey and every year it turns out fine. Same with the 10-lb vat of potatoes, the gravy, the pies. It always works. And thanks to champagne that starts flowing at 10 AM, I’m actually pretty pleasant for the whole day, too. Bonus.
But every year, there are little details that add unnecessary stress. Like: if we have an adult table and a kid table (from all accounts: the funner table, by the way), why do I never remember that we’ll need DOUBLE the serving dishes for the two tables?
I never have enough coasters. Years ago I saved up for a big dining room table. It’s perfect: it’s big, elegant, sturdy, and the top will watermark in four seconds if you set down your glass. Grrr. So I need coasters. Lots of em.
I went to Hobby Lobby with a coaster project in mind, but all that changed when I laid eyes on some super-glittered vinyl sheets for $1.67! Game changer, right there. I realized that if I cut that glittered vinyl into squares then I’d have coasters, and coasters cooler than the ones I was going to labor over. (I may still make and share the original project here if I get around to them but trust me: this no-project is pretty great.)
So here’s what you need for last-minute coasters:
Glittered vinyl sheets (from the felt and glitter aisle)
Quilting ruler and pencil
Each sheet will give you six coasters. With quilting ruler and pencil, mark scant 4″ lines on the back of vinyl sheets. Cut with scissors you don’t care about.
Then with a wink that goes gling gling! : “Look what I hardly did!”