Year-Round Table Decorating From the Yard

This is our Christmas dinner table at Maxwell's mother's house. Maxwell's job was the table, as usual, and he did a gorgeous job with things he found in the yard. I thought this was a nice reminder, as we head into a new — and perhaps more humble — year of entertaining to use what you have. The dried grasses hanging from the ceiling lamp are from the yard, the evergreenery is from a tree on the front lawn. The candles were various colors and shapes, nothing new purchased, all scavenged from the cupboard and nestled into the greens.
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Some other ideas on decorating from the yard (or your local park):

• 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.]

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