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Even if you don’t have a garden, you can create an atmosphere of abundance, color and beauty. If you do have outdoor space, this theme is a wonderful way to take common garden elements and dress them up in a festive way.
- 10 12x12-inch square terra cotta tiles
- Assorted sizes terra cotta flowerpots
- Assorted herbs or annual flowers
- Seed packets (one for each guest)
- Light-color card stock
- Floral foam
- Small terra cotta flowerpots
- Bamboo skewers
WHAT TO DO:
- Arrange the tiles into a long rectangular runner on your table.
- Transfer the herbs and flowers to small pots and place them around the tiles.
- Line the larger terra cotta pots with plastic wrap and fill them with salads, sandwiches or fried chicken. Unlined, fill them with Pepperidge Farm rolls and crackers or silverware.
- Fill smaller plastic-lined pots with butter, spreadable cheese, salt, chopped herbs or other condiments.
- Cover a third of the seed packet with rectangles cut from card stock.
- Write each guest’s name and table number on the rectangle with a marker. Glue the rectangles onto seed packets.
- Glue bamboo skewers onto the back of the packets. Fill a small flowerpot with floral foam and cover with moss. Press the bamboo stick into the foam.
- Arrange all of the pots on tiles decorated with flowers and herbs.
Express positive energy through color, texture, scent and light. The smooth surfaces, clean lines and muted colors of this table create an environment of harmony and peacefulness.
- 8 x 14 x 3 inch rectangular clear glass container
- Green floral foam
- 2 dozen roses
- 25 pounds of smooth river rocks (available in 5-lb. bags at most garden stores)
- 8 small round votives with tea-light candles
WHAT TO DO:
- Cut the floral foam to fit inside the container (about 2 inches high, and wide enough to leave about a half-inch between the container and the foam).
- Fill the container with water and line the open space between foam and container with some of the river rocks.
- Cut the roses, leaving a 3-inch stem. Arrange them in tight rows, pressing the stems into the foam.
Arrange the rest of the river rocks down the length of your dinner table in a strip about 18 inches wide. Set the container of roses on top of the rocks and dot with votive candles. If you decide to use a tablecloth, choose a neutral color.
We all have troves of interesting old items in our attic or storage room—things like heirloom silver, inlaid boxes, leather suitcases, antique picture frames, embroidered hankies or even a grandmother’s memory chest filled with travel memorabilia. Display those beautiful antiques on a table combined with some contemporary pieces (like brightly-colored plates). The mixing of modern and vintage makes a wonderfully eclectic presentation.
- 3-5 accent pieces of various shapes, sizes and textures
WHAT TO DO:
- To create a balanced look, choose items of at least three different heights. The second highest should be large enough to be able to display a cake plate or tray of Pepperidge Farm cookies (like an old suitcase).
- Other dessert items can be nestled around the display.
- Celebrate someone special by placing photographs of them or postcards of the places they traveled in antique frames and setting them around the table.