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  1. 7 incredible ways to decorate your dinner table for a party: Part 2

    A DIY Leaf backdrop for a dinner party by Almost Makes Perfect.

    Give your next dinner party the ‘wow’ factor by creating a living tablescape with plants and foliage. (I know, ‘tablescape’ is an invented and slightly wanky word but it’s fairly relevant to describe the decor in this post.)

    I’ve rounded up seven inspirational dinner tables that make clever use of potted plants, air plants and assorted foliage. They might look totally fancy-pants, but most of these looks are fairly easy to recreate in a scaled-down version for a special occasion.

    Above: DIY leaf dropback by Almost Makes Perfect.


    A delicate Tuscan-inspired dinner table, via Once Wed.

    Photo by Tec Petaja, via Once Wed.

    1. Use moss, ferns, bark, small hollowed logs and foliage to create a living forest runner. In this delicate Tuscan-inspired outdoor wedding reception, the ‘unruly’ greenery was combined with plain white dinnerware and napery on a timber table top. The bride and her sister made the long drippy tapered candles themselves; ‘a therapeutic project; making them tall, thin, and perfectly imperfect.’

    Palm fronds and bon-bons party via Studio DIY.

    Photo by Studio DIY.

    2. Take inspiration from Studio DIY and create your own green runner by laying the table with palm fronds and monstera leaves. So simple, yet effective! Add pale pink tableware (with matching pink macarons and chocolates) for a fresh colour palette.

    3. Keep your table decorations low-key and create a focal backdrop instead. Use fresh leaves to create a stunning wall decoration, combined with a small floral arrangement and air plants on the table. Click here for the DIY tutorial by Almost Makes Perfect.

    Succulents and macrame via Anthropologie.

    Photo by Anthropologie.

    4. Macrame isn’t just for your walls! Add a textural touch to your dinner table with a macrame table runner in natural tones, combined with potted succulents, wood-handled utensils and bundles of fresh green herbs.

    Moss and terrariums bring this table to life. Photo by Erin Grace via 100 Layer Cake

    Photo by Erin Grace, via 100 Layer Cake.

    5. Alternate little mounds of moss with air plants and ferns for a whimsical living table runner. Use glass bottles and bell jars to add texture, different shapes and interest.

    Use small containers to create living landscapes as table centerpieces. Lila B used moss, ferns, rosemary, and succulents to create a living green tablescape.

    Photo by Lila B.

    6. Create a miniature living landscape for your table centrepiece that will live beyond your dinner party. Lila B used orchids, moss, ferns, rosemary and succulents on a rustic timber tabletop.

    Make a beautiful hanging wreath with foraged foliage, like this table setting at Emily and Tim's wedding, via Once Wed.

    Photo via Once Wed.

    7. Make a beautiful hanging wreath with foraged foliage, and keep the table pared back and simple with clusters of white pillar candles, and plain black napery.

    Tell us: which dinner table look is your favourite?

    This is the second post in a four-part series on how to decorate your dinner table. Next time, we’ll look at how festoon string lights can add a glowing ambience to your festivities.

    Read 9 Incredible Ways to Decorate Your Dinner Table, Part 1.

    • Terri Betz

      Gorgeous! Perfect for everyone to do! Wonderful pictures as well! Thanks for sharing this! Pinned it!

      • wearescout

        You’re welcome, pin away! X