It'll be short and sweet, this article, as I am a bit in a hurry with The Feast of the year looming.
Here is how I do it to blend in with the overall bohemian feel. I like to keep the decorations low level as not to obstruct guests' view of one another. It makes for more pleasant conversations when the person across the table can see you.
1 roll of turquoise paper table cloth
a pair of lace curtains (bought these in Ikea)
2 strands of faux pine green
foraged twigs of laurel, juniper, conifer, ivy, birch or beech...
3 to 4 pomegranates
bunches of grapes red and green
walnuts or other nuts in their shells
- I first dress the table with the coloured paper table cloth. See that I have enough overhang on all sides 25 to 40 cm should do fine.
- On top of that I lay the lace curtain, which allows the colour to shine through.
- Now is the time to plan in my head where people are going to sit. I don't want the decorations to interfere with the place settings. Leave at least 40 cm free form the edges of the table.
- I first lay the faux pine garlands in the middle, parallel with the longest side of the table.
- Then I dress with the foraged twigs. Intertwine with the faux garland. Groupings of real stuff together works best. Strands of ivy pop out and over the whole length of the arrangement.
- I bring in the fruits, which I also distribute in splashes (not literal) of colour throughout
- A few candleholders, nothing to high and elaborate, will bring this together.
- Place the plates and cutlery, glassware, napkins and I am ready to roll.
Let the food fest commence.