Following my goal of trying to use what I already have instead of buying new, I tried to find things for my table setting and centerpiece without having to buy new things.
For the centerpiece, I did what many of you fellow bloggers did for your Christmas centerpiece -- I spray-painted limbs.
I think they turned out okay, and since this game night was so close to the holidays anyway, I could have easily used this for my holiday setting too.
To add a little extra, I used stencils to cut out spades, clubs, diamonds and hearts to hang from the limbs. I punched holes in the top and strung white yarn to hang them. How many you use is totally up to you.
For the place settings, I got really lucky. A few years ago, my brother attended a Las Vegas-themed school event. They had giant playing cards printed for decorations, and he was quick enough to snag a stack of them. I used them as placemats. Perfect, right? Then I put gold chargers on top for plates.
Since game nights are usually pretty busy and crazy, I wanted to keep decorations simple. Once the food has been consumed, the table is usually cleared pretty quickly to play games. So I think this table sets a good mood without being a pain to clear when it's time to break out the games.