Complimentary Placemats

After the girls went to bed, Mark and I thought it would be fun to make up our own breakfast placemats filled with compliments for one another using pieces of colored paper which were laminated with clear contact paper. This way, we can start our day with lots of positive thoughts, and it was a super-fun project for both of us! Besides, who couldn’t use a few more compliments, right??

He worked on my placemat…….

…while I worked on his! We kept a strict NO peeking policy while we were hard at work.

Then it was time for the big reveal!!

I love how he made a mirror with a smoothed out piece of foil, AND there is a special place for my cup of tea!!! This placemat really makes me smile!!

Some of his favorite compliments from me:

“You’re so GOOD at opening jars!!”
“You’re the BEST bug-killer!”
“Wow! You’re HOT!!”
“Have YOU been working OUT??”

And from Mark:

“Look Who is Awesome!! (Hint: It is you!)”
“Others want what you HAVE!” … then in small letters “Me!”
“Brains? check. Beauty? check. Age-defying? check. Yup! You have it all!”

We can’t wait to use our new placemats for breakfast every day — this way, we’ll be giving each other compliments on even the most rushed mornings.

Have fun!


  1. You two are so cute! What a fun idea!

  2. I was flipping through a magazine last night and I saw an article that said “Surviving 19 years of Marriage.” Why surviving? Why not Laughing through. . . or Loving every minute of. . . or So Very Lucky to have. . .

    Your post is exactly the marriage article I wanted read. Can’t wait to surprise my Hubby with one.

    • I am SO happy to hear you’ll be making one for your hubby — he will LOVE it!! And I hope he makes one for you too!

      I love YOUR title of “Loving every minute of…” a whole lot better!! 🙂

  3. What a super fun idea and way to use up little scraps. I’m trying to find a good place to store my little random paper scraps. So hard to find.

  4. I love stuff like this! Romantic and fun. The kids will love seeing it too.

  5. You guys are awesome! What a fun at-home date night idea =)

  6. Those are so stinking cute!!!!

  7. Too cute!

  8. I think Mark worked out some compliments to himself into yours, but what a great idea! You are such a fun family!

  9. Awesome idea!

  10. This such a cute idea! We’ll have fun with this one. We always enjoy making cards for each other, so this is a nice new idea! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. i think this is such a great idea and a confidence booster! now i just have to get my husband to craft with me and not just make fun of my pile of recylce-ables and crafting stuff…

  12. Emily Landmann says

    Awesome idea. Thanks!

  13. What wonderful fun! I love the original, personal touches! I can see that you used the same coloured paper – maybe others could select the colour scheme for their dining area.

  14. That is such a great idea! I love it!!!

    I’d love to have you share this at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! Still time to post before the next one opens later this week. We have lots of fun ideas there… come check it out!!

  15. I was just looking back at this post, and I was thinking about what an important parenting lesson this was. Not only are you guys being nurturing and supportive of each other, but indirectly you were teaching the girls about positive praise and internal rewards. I am so blessed by this idea and plan to make one for my hubby tonight with leftover papers.