Our venue does not provide tableware. At a certain point of paying .69 per fork and spoon, you might want to bang your head off the table instead. Is it really worth it? I mean, I love you, mom (thanks for reading!), but I’ve set the table at family dinner for years and we get by just fine with our knife, fork, and spoon. We even reuse our forks for dessert sometimes—we’re heathens!
When we met with our caterer in October, she gave us some ideas on things we could cut. I’ll share more ideas in a future post, but one idea she suggested was to do something fun for the dessert course plate and fork and not rent those pieces. I loved the idea and immediately searched the far corners of Pinterest for cheaper alternatives. We decided to purchase plastic plates, but the forks came down to two options: dipped handles on metal forks or stamped polka dot handles on wooden forks. And as my family advised, there’s no way I wanted to watch 140 painted forks drip dry.
In total, the project cost us just under $15 for 200 forks and took about an hour with soon-to-be-newlyweds teamwork. That’s a $74 savings for our wedding budget and $35 cheaper than anywhere online. Cha-ching, saving!
The In-depth How To:
- Set up a comfy area to sit and stamp. Drink your libation. This is going be one of the easiest crafts to save some money.
- Ah, step 2, yes, this is where you get ready to actually start the stamping. Lay out your forks in sets of 3 or 4. Watch out for broken pieces—there will be a few, discard those. You should probably take a sip because this craft is so stressful!
- Start with lighter color dots and move to darker colors using the eraser end of the pencil as a stamper.
- Periodically sip your libation. Do not accidentally put your pencil eraser in the wrong ink colors and not on the handles—this will happen the more you drink. Not that I’m saying that from experience or anything.
- If you’re making a confetti dot pattern, use overlapping dots as well as dots off the sides of the handle to add a nice visual effect. There are many stamps you can purchase to do stripes/chevron/swirls/words/perfect polka dot patterns. They cost more money.
- Let forks dry while you repeat steps 2-5 as necessary. Forks are generally dry to touch within 20 seconds.
- Impress your guests with your crafty skills!