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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Book Club Luncheon

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Apr 1, 2014 4:02:00 PM

Book Club Table SettingThere’s nothing like sitting down with a good book, unless of course, you discuss it over a glass of wine with fellow book club members. Next time you host your group, set an appropriate table that they’ll truly appreciate.

Hard cover books are only $1.79 at Goodwill. Since I planned a green and black table setting, I chose books in different shades of green. Look for titles that your guests will appreciate. Carefully cut the pages from the binding with an X-Acto knife.

Book Club Table SettingArrange and overlap the covers to make a placemat. The shape will be asymmetrical. Hold in place with heavy tape.

Book Club Table SettingAs I always recommend, keep adding layers of dishes. The basic white plates (you should have a set by now) were only $1.99. I found matching black salad plates and mugs only $.49 each. The little plate adds a punch of color (also $.49 each).

Book Club Table SettingTucking a black napkin into a stemmed wine glass, gives some height to the table.

Book Club Table SettingFor the place cards I folded several pages from the book, accordion fan style. Write each guest’s name on a little scrape.

Book Club Table SettingI love shopping Goodwill stores looking for things I can re-purpose. Someone donated a glass shade from an old bathroom light fixture. I turned it upside down, added moss I bought at a craft store and little tea lights. The polished river rocks (from Goodwill!) fill in the empty table space and bring black to the centerpiece.

If you want a fun centerpiece idea for Easter, added colored eggs and jelly beans!

Book Club Table Setting
Book Club Table Setting

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