Organic Holiday Table Decorations

Dress your table and set the scene for a festive meal with holiday centerpieces, place-setting ideas and chair decorations.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
Use Fresh Foliage And Winter Flowers For Table DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Herb Centerpiece

Gather a selection of fresh, seasonal herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme and bay leaves, and use them to create an alternative table centerpiece.

Winter Foliage Centerpiece For Holiday Table DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fresh Foliage Centerpiece

Pick a selection of whatever fresh foliage and winter flowers you may have growing in your garden for this variation on the evergreen centerpiece.

Fresh Rosemary And Sage In Tiny Galvanized Bucket DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Individual Place Setting: Rosemary and Sage

Place a few sprigs of rosemary in a tiny galvanized bucket, tuck in a sage stem and add a little water.

Little Buckets With Rosemary, Bay Leaf And Thyme DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Individual Place Setting: Bay Leaf, Thyme and Rosemary

Place thyme and rosemary sprigs in a tiny bucket and insert three bay leaves in a row.

Pottery Egg Cup With Sprigs Of Bright Red Berries DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Individual Place Setting: Ivy and Red Berries

Fill an egg cup with sprigs of bright red berries and tuck in a few short lengths of ivy around the edge.

Fill Pottery Egg Cup With Rose Hips, Ivy And Moss DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Individual Place Setting: Rosehips, Ivy and Moss

Put a few slightly longer rosehip stems in an egg cup and pack moss and ivy leaves around them.

Fill Foil Lined Box With Fresh Cut Winter Flower DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Individual Place Setting: Fresh Flowers

Cut fresh flowers from plants that flourish in a winter garden, such as Christmas rose (Helleborus niger), Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis), or witch hazel (Hamamellis mollis). Put them in a small foil-lined box or pot and add a little water.

Turn Terracotta Pots Into Holiday Centerpieces DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Terracotta Pot Candleholders

Turn three simple terracotta pots into stylish candleholders: line the base of each with recycled aluminum foil, put a beeswax candle in the center, pack sand around each candle and cover the sand with a pretty arrangement of fresh foliage and bright berries.

Decorated Chair Back Dresses Up Holiday Table DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Decorated Chair Backs

These simple arrangements, made up of a few stems of trailing ivy (Hedera), mistletoe (Viscum album), and holly (Ilex), roughly tied together with natural raffia, and attached to the back of each chair, will lend a lovely rustic detail to your decorated table.

Dried Leaf, Orange And Cinnamon Stick On Napkin DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dried Napkin Decoration

Make a simple napkin decoration by gluing together a dried leaf, a dried orange slice and a cinnamon stick. Rest it lightly on a folded linen napkin, or secure it with a length of natural raffia.

Lay Tied Mistletoe And Berries On Folded Napkin DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fresh Napkin Decoration

Gather a few short stems of fresh mistletoe and a sprig or two of bright berries, bind them together with some garden twine and rest the small posy on a folded linen napkin.

Use Organic Linens To Dress A Table Setting DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Use Organic Table Linen

Beautiful table linen is the most inviting way to dress your table, no matter what the occasion. Whether you choose a vibrant tablecloth or a pure linen cloth and napkins, they all create the same pleasing effect. Conventional cotton production uses toxic chemicals, so buy organic or vintage cotton linen and enjoy the reassuringly natural quality that we typically associate with this material.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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