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FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Plait Textiles Brings Hand-woven Beauty to Your Table

hand-woven napkins and runners by plait textiles

I planned to discuss something else until I got a Facebook wall message by Janick of Creativadoration. Amongst other things, Janick informed me that she posted something this morning that I will probably like. Janick was right.

These napkins are lovely. The pictures by Jennifer Causey make these table textiles even more desirable. It was the perfect way to wake up.

The Secret Behind Plait Textiles

With savory names like Chocolate Wasabi, Cherry Clafoutis, Salted Raisins and Salted Caramel, Plait Textiles stimulates our appetite.

Designer Jennifer Pellman is the artist-designer behind Plait Textiles. Jennifer hand made 100% cotton napkins and table runners from her home studio in Madison, Wisconsin.

This graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and the University of Illinois School of Architecture creates table linens with a rustic charm.

The 22-inch square napkins are big enough to be used as placemats. The table runners from her standard collection are 18-inch wide and you select the length, up to 8 feet. You can also select your own colors as long as you order at least 12 napkins.

One particularity of Plait textiles is that every piece features the natural selvedges, a characteristic rarely left as a finished edge in commercial textiles.

Face to Face

I am an adapt of Face to Face, which are typically 24 to 30-inch wide. Since I do not know if there is an English word for it, let me explain what is a Face to Face. I discovered it at Arthur Quentin, an upscale French style tableware store in Montreal.

Face to Face covers the table corridor made by sitting in front of each other. Thus, it runs perpendicular to a table runner. I am planning to get a set soon, so I will be able to show you.

Plait Textiles could custom made one for you since the maximum fabric width for custom made is 44 inches.

>>> Sourcing:
Buy online: Set of 4 napkins by Plait on etsy – price: $120 USD
Buy online: Table runner by Plait on etsy – price: $28 USD per foot
Learn more: Plait Textiles
Photo credits: Jennifer Causey – rights reserved
Via: Plait [Creativadoration]

ALL occasions GIFT IDEAS

The Gift of Custom Tea Blends

tea accessories : tea code : lemon run : custom made tea blend for friends : design a tea

After your own perfume craze of a few years ago, it appears that a new fashion is slowly emerging. This time, you get your own tea blend. If you are looking for a lavish birthday gift without breaking the bank, this is it. Different tea shops are offering this service to their customers.

Blends for Friends

The ultimate experience I found so far is from a UK master tea taster named Alex Probyn, the founder of Blends for Friends. Based on the personal facts and the persona of your friend, a master tea taster will create a blended tea just for your friend.

The initial order costs £27 for 125 grams of loose leaf tea. Most of the fee will pay for the personalization process, the descriptive sticker and the decorative tin box. The price will reduce to £7 when you reorder a blend. What is also making the gift special is the quirky blend sticker. The blend recipe descriptor makes reference to the personality traits of the recipient.

Each blend of tea comes with its own set of serving instructions. An educational booklet about tea is included in the elegant presentation gift box. You are all set once you receive the gift or if you ship it directly to your friend’s house.

For a wedding or an anniversary party favor, the blend represents the couple. Some couples opt to leave a specific feeling, a sense of well-being or a mix of energy to their guests.

More options for party favors

In the United States, Design a Tea lets you make your own blend. But here, you must rely on your flair to design your blend. You can name your tea. The labels and the gift boxes are cute but not as refined as Blends for Tea. But the price tag is a lot cheaper too. It starts at $4.75 for 10 bags or 22 grams of loose leaves. If you know your taste well, this is a great option.

Tea accessories

Loose leaf tea tastes the best but sometimes, you want the convenience of tea bags. The designers of Gazin Create brought an innovation to the classic china cup. They added a silicone button to the china cup so you can secure your tea bag. No more cord swimming into your tea. Manufactured under the KEDO brand, Tea Code is available in 4 models: Small Rounded, Small Flared, Tall Rounded, Tall Flared. Rounded for men, flared for women.

If you enjoy a lemon with your tea, you may be interested by a nifty little gadget. With Lemon Run, you would not to worry about spurting juice all over place, onto people’s face or clothes? Or more realistically, no more dirty hand from squeezing the lemon slice.

Do-It-Yourself options

If you are on a budget, buy the tea in bulk. Wedding stores sell several shapes of tin boxes in bulk. You can also use spice containers or small Mason jars. Design your own sticker on a computer or craft them with a custom made ink stamp. Then set up your assembly line. You can make these party favors for baby showers, birthdays or any other occasions.

Sourcing:
Buy online: Blends for Friends – price: £27 for 125 grams of loose leaf tea, £7 for reorder
Buy online: Design a Tea – price: $4.75 for 10 bags or 22 grams of loose leaves
Buy online: KEDO Tea Code at Charles and Marie – $27 USD
Learn more: Lemon Run by KEDO