211 -- Movie Night
Your favourite movies are a great jumping off point for big time
entertaining. Whether it’s a sit down dinner or a buffet, consider
that the actors, producers and directors of these films have already
done much of the thinking for you! Now all you have to do is use
some of this inspiration to give your table the star treatment.
We used the Wizard of Oz as our inspiration for a buffet table.
It’s one of the easiest movies to replicate because almost everyone
has seen the film and there are so many ways to interprete this
Here are some suggestions:
For a table covering we used gingham with an islet lace border to
recreate Dorothy’s dress. A friend who sews made us yellow runners
to place down either end of the table as our “yellow brick road.”
Dishes are very simple, blue and yellow gingham because it’s a casual
Our napkins are red and white striped, a take off on the Wicked
Witch of the North’s socks. Using a square napkin, fold it over
to create a triangle and then fold it again into a smaller triangle.
You can either lay the napkin down or stand it on a plate.
The cutlery, cheap, cheap, cheap! The handles are of lucite and
come in a variety of colours. For our buffet we used a red-handled
set and simply scattered it across the entire table. This makes
it appear as if a twister really did touch down in your dining room!
The glasses we used were vintage, with a bright floral design.
We used vibrant casserole and service pieces. How about a wicker
basket filled with old glass milk bottles from which you can serve
beverages; another neat idea.
You don’t need expensive flowers for the Tornado Table. We placed
single Gerberas into a series of similar, small glass vases which
lined the yellow brick road on our table.
To add some more fun you can place little plastic farm animals borrowed
from the kids or bought for very little money. Just scatter them
about the table. We also got hold of a pair of ruby slippers and
placed them near the centre of the table.
We really outdid ourselves in the centrepiece department, but it
was easy and inexpensive to do. Onto a simple, black wooden base
we drilled two pieces of baling wire and twisted them into the shape
of a tornado. Then, using florist wire, we hung some of the plastic
farm animals and a house from my old train set.
I know, you might think that we went a bit over the top, but you
have to. You’ve got to go for broke if you’re doing a movie theme.
Guaranteed your friends will remember this evening for years to