• Use fallen, bare branches and hang them from the ceiling with fishing line and thumbtacks. Hang votive candles from it. Have some extra time? Paint the branch.
• Use stones as napkin weights. Having a weekend gathering with guests staying for breakfast? Write or paint their names on the stones so they can keep track of their napkin.
• Still have access to leaves? Try nestling them in glass vases, like in this lead photo of this post about holiday table decorating
• If your lawn is still green, find a hidden corner and gently dig up some grass and about an inch of soil. Re-plant in a ramekin or other shallow container. Put one at each place with name card, or a larger one in the middle.
If you have any great tips about using things from the yard (or the park!) on your table, tell us all about it.
Related: Eddie Ross on How To Set the Table
[tree branch image via Living, Etc.]