I wanted the gnome party to be elegant, but whimsical. I knew I wanted to use plates that were more refined than paper plates, even nice paper plates. At the same time, this was a children's party, and I didn't want to use nice, fragile china. Especially not in the middle of a field.
I considered purchasing some heavy stoneware. I found some designs that would have been alright, but I wasn't in love with any of the options. Plus, remember, I'm cheap. I didn't want to spend money to buy five sets of dishes for no other reason than a party.
And then, one day, it all came together in my mind: the perfect solution. I love it when that happens. LOVE. Perfectly customized glass plates that would only cost just over $1 each. That I was willing to spend.
How to Make Your Own Customized Glass Plates
- plain glass plates
- tissue paper
- spray adhesive
So much more elegant than paper plates, on theme, and incredibly inexpensive. You could do this for a wedding and spend less than what it would cost to rent the plates.
It's easy to wash off the tissue paper after the party, too, so the plates will be ready to customize for your next event.