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How to Trian Your Dragon

Posted by oldalgebra (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 29, 10 at 23:35

It was my grandson's turn to pick a theme
and the menu for a special dinner.


The canopy is made from two Halloween props (camouflage netting and spooky vine) purchased from one of those Halloween Stores that spring up in an empty store in October and then close down a couple of days after Halloween.

I strung the vine up from the ceiling of the patio cover. Then I draped the netting from the mantel to the spooky vine. The vine is pretty cool. It's coated with some sort of rubbery stuff and you can twist and turn it for a great garland down a table. I'd have purchased more than one, but it was the last one left - the "floor model" actually.


PhotobucketIn case you didn't know, dragon owners use kitchen chopping bowls for dishes.

You've seen the tin cups before on my western and Labor Day tables.

The napkins are the leftover scraps from the paint tarp tablecloth I made for Labor Day. I had just enough to cut three big squares. One trip through the washer and dryer, and they're frayed just the right amount.

Got six of the palm leaf placemats last month. I've been wanting to buy some for a while. Lots of you Enablers use them in your summer tablescapes. These were advertised as indoor/outdoor placemats. That struck me so funny. I didn't realize placemats were area specific!


PhotobucketThe dragon was a gift my grandson got last Christmas in his kindergarten gift exchange.

Many of you have seen the castle before. It was from Lowe's.

I used small potted succulents for the flowers.

The temperature drops a bit in the evening, but the guests are kept warm with wood lit from a fire-breathing dragon.

The menu choices were chicken McNuggets and french fries - which turned into fruit chunks on a skewer, oven baked chicken fingers and pan fried potatoes cut in the shape of dragon wings. (I got this idea from Kathleen's pumpkin shaped potatoes on her blog. She used a cookie cutter, I used a kitchen scissors.) Therefore, no need for flatware!

If there's ever a Next Time, I think I'll make dragon eggs for place card holders and scatter some small pebbles around the table. (What color are dragon eggs anyhow?)

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: How to Trian Your Dragon

Any color you can imagine!!
None of us have ever seen one, so whatever you choose will be perfect.
Totally cool table Grams!! I'll bet your DGS is thrilled.


RE: How to Trian Your Dragon

First of all I'm cracking up picturing you hoisting up
that Canopy with the Vines...then setting one of the most imaginative tables going...and then with your trusty kitchen scissors, cutting potatoes into (of all things) the shape of Dragon Wings!
Have you ever thought of volunteering as an 'Activities Director'? I simply admire your endless energy,
enthusiasm and just the plain 'fun' you put into everything!

Great table - I remember the sand castle...The wooden bowls and placemats were made for this, and love how you used the paint tarp again...The Dragon Centerpiece too cute..and of course the 'Fire-Breathing' fireplace for warmth...well what more can I say...Perfect Setting !!
Love all of it OA...I'm sure your DGS must have been thrilled with everything and will remmeber this and his wonderful DGM, who put it all together, forever!


RE: How to Trian Your Dragon

Wow! Your grandkids must think it is so fun to come to your house! Yummy food and really fun tables! Those placemats were perfect to use and great use for the wooden bowls and metal cups too. Bet GS was thrilled that his "dragon" got to be in the centerpiece for his special table too. Great job OA, you are making lots of great memories with the Grands for sure. ;o)


RE: How to Trian Your Dragon

....just sitting here shaking my head in amazement!
Everything left me pretty much speechless, but cutting potatoes with scissors to look like dragon wings absolutely takes the prize!

I'd LOVE to be a kid again, and have YOU for my grandmother!
hugs, Karen

RE: How to Trian Your Dragon

OA, Gosh you are so creative! Anyone would think they were in Land of the Lost. The vine canopy, the wooden bowls, tin cups and leaf place mats PERFECT!! Not to mention a fire breathing Dragon to start the fire. You have such patience to cut potatoes into dragon wings. You have lucky, lucky grandchildren!!!

RE: How to Trian Your Dragon

OA, what a fabulously creative and fun table! I bet your grandson loved it!

RE: How to Trian Your Dragon

OA, sooo fun. Enjoyed seeing all of it and reading about all of it. I love that you have an outdoor fireplace. Can't believe it took the dragon coming to dinner for me to notice this.LOL Congrats on finding your indoor/outdoor palm leaf placemats.

This setting looks so warm and fun. Lucky GS for sure.


RE: How to Trian Your Dragon

OA...that canopy takes the prize! There is a prize, no? Well, if there is a prize, this t'scape certainly takes it! Creative! Creative! I am lovin' everything here...from the t'cloth to the GS's centerpc, DINOSAUR ROAR!

RE: How to Trian Your Dragon

You are such a fun grandma . . . and your DGKs are so lucky to have you! We just saw "How To Train Your Dragon" last weekend and really enjoyed it, and so it was fun to see your take on it. You did great!!! As for the color of dragon eggs, I'm sure whatever you come up with will be perfect . . . and so OA. I like the idea of using the big leaf placemats and LOVE the table right in front of your patio fireplace!

RE: How to Trian Your Dragon

OA you are a genius...that is a most amazing table!! Bet your GS is still smilin', I know I am!!
Thanks for showing us!

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