Set a Seasonal Table

Nothing could be simpler and more satisfying than using the natural elements of the outdoors to set your seasonal table. Use these tips to incorporate crab apples, rose hips and natural lighting for beautiful holiday decorating.

• From glimmer to greenery, the table setting in a garden house is laid with special attention to lighting and table accessories that recreate the mood of the day or the season in the garden. When extra illumination is needed in the soft light of early spring or the dim light of mid-winter, it might be provided by miniature kerosene prism lanterns, a grouping of multilevel tapers or beeswax candles, or a table candelabra of votives.

• When the sun sends its rays and solar warmth through the windows, and extra illumination is not required, the candles may remain just for their own beauty and their promise of light. In summer a lush bough of grape leaves may be grandly spread along the center of the table.

• More modestly, a ribboned nosegay of lavender sprigs holding name cards may be delicately set on each plate. Two apples, one shiny red pomegranate, or a bottle of special olive oil may serve as simple centerpiece.

• In this autumnal setting, the table is decorated with fall colors and seasonal offerings. Crab apples and rose hips arranged on a tiered candy server provide the centerpiece. Bouquets of fresh herbs perfume the table. A crackling fire in the background provides warmth, extra light, and a comforting sound that sings of autumn and the failing light.

SOURCE: Garden House: Bringing the Outdoors In

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