I felt like a guest at such a party when I perused the tabletop competition at the Los Angeles County Fair back in September. There were dozens of fanciful and festive displays set up and imaginative ideas abound, but this First Place winner caught my eye among the rest for demonstrating how to add an innovative spark to what you have might lying around the house or stuffed into cupboards and turn it into a fabulous fête for a special girl or boy.
A certain Cristel Schoenfelder received a perfect score for her "Toy Story" inspired party setting. I can imagine that she might have found her inspiration in a child's toy box, and then built her entire tabletop based on her established theme. A stand-out among this tablescape is the menu displayed on an Etch A Sketch. I can't imagine physically twisting and turning the knobs on this gadget to write out the menu out on this screen, and neither could she, apparently.
Instead, she took graphite colored paper and mimicked the writing that one would achieve when using this classic toy. It fooled me and my pal Ruth Handel for a few minutes as we oohed and awed over this thrifty gift of a table setting!
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!
The Elegant Thrifter