A Pretty Table Setting for Informal Gatherings: Herb Pots on Trays

I peeked into one of the restaurants at the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem earlier this week, and saw these pretty centerpiece tableaus on each individual table: a variety of herbs —sage, parsley, basil, and more—offered in lieu of flowers, and potted instead of snipped and stuffed in a vase.

Bottles of olive oil, silverware atop cloth napkins, and salt and pepper, all corralled on a wooden tray, completed the look. The tables were outside, which made me think about summer picnics and dinner parties. The herbs make it feel more relaxed and informal, yet the tray keeps it neat!

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(Images: Cambria Bold)