Natural Design: How To Use Moss for a Simple Summer Tabletop

Natural Design: How To Use Moss for a Simple Summer Tabletop

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 12, 2011

When I go to visit friends, I love to decorate the dining room for dinner. Actually, I like to do it at home as well - for holidays and stuff like that. This past month, I got up to the Berkshires again for our annual summer visit to our friends that live in an old Shaker Village. This is the table that I did up with moss from the back yard. Enjoy!

The dining room in the old days...

Starting from scratch.

Heading out the door to look for moss and greenery. I'm going green with this table.

The back steps where the moss came from.

All the greens and moss collected on the table.

Trying out the moss with the new candles.

The table is set!

Dinner arrives from the grill.

The sun is sinking and the guests are about to arrive.

It's interesting that in looking now at these pictures, it doesn't seem like a lot of work, but pulling all the elements together and getting everything shiny and glistening took time. The best effects are subtle and seem effortless, I guess.

I would have included pics of the actual dinner and guests, BUT they didn't come out too well. It was too dark!

Enjoy and please send us or link to your own great table setting creations in the comments - thanks!

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