By Shelagh Bolger
As Christmas quickly approaches, I started thinking about decor for the dinner table. With 19 people in my family and a busy schedule, place settings can’t be too spur of the moment or I end up throwing together tinsel remnants and the ornaments that I made in kindergarten that didn’t quite make the Christmas tree cut.
I decided to plan ahead this year and map out a quick, easy place setting to replicate on Christmas. I always like to bring a little of the outside in, so I went off into the woods to forage for this year’s table decor. I found some holly and leyland cypress and went to work. My talented friend Meaghan photographed the adventure and was a doll to shoot on such a blustery, cold afternoon. I love the finished product and feel prepared to set my table on Christmas. Hope you enjoy setting yours!
What you will need:
Pencil & Pen
Leyland Cypress or other greenery
Gather your natural materials. Look for pine, spruce, cypress, and holly in your yard, woods, or purchase at your local florist. I snipped mine off trees in my woods.
Trim the holly and greens to reveal a bare stem and just enough foliage to peek out from the top of the silverware.
Arrange holly and greens behind silverware and wrap twine around all items. I wrapped the twine around mine 10 times to give a dramatic effect.
With a match or lighter burn the edges of your paper just enough to create a vintage look. Blow out the flame once you have the desired effect on each edge.
Write your holiday greeting or guest’s name on the paper tag in pencil. Trace over with pen or marker. Punch a hole in the tag and string twine through the hole. Tie tag on to silverware bundle.
Place the bundle on top of the dish and a napkin adjacent. Voila!