Wednesday, August 31, 2016


A fun little table for my grand kiddo's to come visit and play.  If you click on the photos they will enlarge for a better view.

A beautiful day to enjoy their company.  I love these precious little people.  I wish all of them could be here but several of them live far away. 

I have always done more children's tables than tables for adults.  Yet hadn't featured them on my Blog until now. 

One of the hallmarks of my children's tables are the chairs.  I like to decorate them in many different ways.  I have a lot of PB Kids, chair backers.  They are so whimsical and fun.  You can have the child's name embroidered on them.   I stopped monogramming them as the kids grew up too fast and the family kept expanding.  The chair backers have a pocket that you can place a prize, treat, or love note to the child.

Before you think I go to the expense of paying full price for the chair backers ( I am not sure but they can go up to about $24 dollars each) I buy them at closeout prices.  If you follow my blog you might remember that I go to a PB/Williams-Sonoma/West Elm clearance center.  I use the term a 3rd tier outlet.  They sell discontinued, customer returns, or pre-monogrammed items that didn't have a perfect monogram.  What I purchase are NEW items where the monogram was misspelled, monogrammed upside down, etc..  So I have paid as low as $.25 up to $1.00 each!   

I have become an expert in removing monograms, never did I realize how easy it would become.  I remove the stitching with a seam ripper on the back and pull the threads out from the front with a tweezers.  There is a specific name brand shaver on the market that makes removing stitches even easier, or you can use a mustache shaver as well.  I haven't tried either shavers yet.  

I have removed monograms from Christmas Stockings, tablecloths, duvet covers, silk quilts, bedding, you name it.   You probably know what these companies sell and they will monogram almost any of their products.  I have come to wonder why people want their initials on so many things.  and I mean everything.  I think it is fun to have your name or initials added to an item but not everything.  To get the stitching marks out I lightly spray with water  or sizing spray and with a low heat iron I will press the marks out.  Most items you can't tell were ever monogrammed.    

This adorable little tablecloth came from Target.   I paid full price which was $5.98.  It is vinyl with a nice flannel backing.  It is a good size as well.  I am using a PB Kids table (the larger size that can fit 6 children).  I bought the table a few years ago, (Brand New) for $20.00.  Made from solid heavy wood.  A steal of a price for what PB sells them for.  Purchased at a Tent sale.

Our cotton candy floss machine that we can share among the family.  This is a very fun item for parties and family and friends get-togethers.

I made a few windmills for the children to play with.  The wind was really blowing, a perfect day for a windmill.

The gumball jar from Home Goods had a wooden lid.  I just painted the top to match the colors on the tablecloth and chair.

This fun little banner (from Target dollar bin) wishing much fun to the children. 

Thanks for looking.  Please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Valerie, your kids's table is so fun and whimsical. The kiddies would love this! So colorful and cute. ice cream and cotton candy will entice anyone child into coming to the party. Love the sweet tablecloth. Super bargains too!

2Again Now said...

DARLING!!! You are so incredibly creative!!!!

Kathleen said...

What fun! I'm sure the kids loved it! I haunt the PB and WS outlet too. Once in awhile score something great. The thrill of the hunt! said...

So adorable Valerie!! Your grands must be thrilled to come to your house! That is so clever to buy the monogrammed stuff and remove them! Cutest children's table ever!

Pam Richardson said...

Valerie, what a darling table...can't believe all your bargains! I know your grandchildren loved this fun table with ice cream and cotton candy! Thanks for sharing, Pam @ Everyday Living

Anonymous said...

Oh My! Wow!!! I Want all of this so so so so Bad! You are Incredible! Each and every single piece I just Love so Much! You have an Amazing eye to mix and match everything! Your grandkids (and children) are so very lucky to have you! You Always make everything so fun and just Gorgeous! Love You Cutie! -Jaclyn Merriam

mrsben said...

What fun for the children and kudos to you for finding so many wonderful bargains. All around; job well done Grandma as you are a delightful hostess ... ☺. -Brenda-
P.S.: Re a stitch ripper; my favourite is one that I purchased from Lee Valley Tools (.com) called the 'Pro Seam Ripper' that can tackle the most difficult job of removing stitching. (As I do a lot of my own sewing for interior d├ęcor, I am notorious for taking apart items like a comforter etc. to create something different if I cannot find the material I am looking for in cut yardage.) Also for a play/craft table for my grandchildren, I purchased a marked down, slightly damaged drop leaf dinette one from Ikea then cut its legs down and gave it a colourful coat of paint. That was about five years ago and it is still serving its purpose, so that is another idea for your readers that are looking for something on a larger scale than a convential kiddie table.

candlelightsupper said...

Thank you so much mrsben for your comment. You have given us all some great ideas and helpful hints. Love it all!

Sandra Lee said...

This is wonderful you really pulled out all the stops! Thanks for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story.