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Tabletop: Spring Green + White Luncheon With Friends

April 4, 2016

April is here! Hello dear decor8 readers, this is Anke with some fresh tabletop ideas for you today. I am already dreaming of relaxing on a green summer meadow which is why I’ve decided to create a green garland for my table theme this month. Everything else was inspired by my garland which was made using several branches of my all-time favorite eucalyptus and shepherd’s purse along with white wax flowers and tender pink flowering boronia anemonifolia (called “Duftsternchen” here in Germany).

Tabletop: Spring Green + White Luncheon With Friends

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But first things first – I wove a long braid out of raffia which served as a basis. Next, I attached the shorter branches and flowers in small bundles, overlapping them as I secured to the raffia with wire. I suggest choosing flowers that can do without water for a few hours, otherwise your garland may look wilted once guests arrive! This is one reason why I use and suggest eucalyptus as a base. In the image above I have shown it on my wall but you can also lay it down the center of your table as you can see below.

Tabletop: Spring Green + White Luncheon With Friends

Anke Illner for decor8

Tabletop: Spring Green + White Luncheon With Friends

Anke Illner for decor8

I’ve used large, flat bowls from Bloomingvilles’ Nordic Sand series because I love their surface, rustic look and organic shape. In my opinion, they are just perfect to beautifully present food especially pasta but also lush green salads! Just in time for spring, I served a lukewarm pasta salad made using chopped smoked salmon, green peas, sliced baby pickles, chopped apple, sour cream dressing and a lot of dill! This delicious recipe comes from Living at Home magazine. Just my taste!

Tabletop: Spring Green + White Luncheon With Friends

Anke Illner for decor8

Tabletop: Spring Green + White Luncheon With Friends

Anke Illner for decor8

As a Welcome to my guests (and to the brand new month of April) I placed small printed, green marbled cards on everyone’s plate. Tender patterned napkins (from Anthropologie) took my garland theme up a notch and the trendy brass cutlery added a little glamour to the decoration.

Tabletop: Spring Green + White Luncheon With Friends

Anke Illner for decor8

Tabletop: Spring Green + White Luncheon With Friends

Anke Illner for decor8

Finally, a promise – no more eucalyptus when I see you again in May! Instead, I’ll develop a tabletop theme focusing on color and lush blooms. I’m looking forward to this already! I’ll meet you back here with that column on May 2 so stay tuned.  Have a beautiful and hopefully sunny month of April everyone! Love – Anke

(Photography, Styling: Anke Illner. Editor: Holly Becker)






7 Comments

  • Reply Anastasia April 4, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Oh, Anke!

    This is the MOST beautiful garland!
    Thanks so very much for sharing! I’m in garland heaven!

    A.XO

  • Reply Colleen Welsch April 4, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Oh my gosh I love it! I really need gold flatwear in my life STAT

  • Reply Sabine S. April 4, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Great! Beautiful, “heavenly” garland!
    I´m interested in the recipe, but couldn´t find it – please – give me the recipe name in German –
    maybe I can find it then.
    Sabine aus WO

  • Reply fantas-tisch April 5, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Liebe Sabine,
    du hast recht. Ich konnte es eben auch nicht finden. Es stammt aus der neuen Living at Home Kolumne “Unsere kleine Farm” (April Heft). Wenn du mir eine Email schreibst, maile ich es dir. fantastischmail@gmail.com
    Viele liebe Grüße,
    Anke

  • Reply Didi McCormick April 6, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    I searched for the recipe but could not find it in the Living at Home magazine. Could you possibly send me the actual site for it. I love the garland and the green and white theme!

  • Reply Beth April 9, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Ditto, I can’t find the salad recipe. Also, where can the gold clip/clasp be purchased?

    • Reply Holly Becker April 11, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      @Beth – Our tabletop column is to inspire tabletop and wall decor ideas for entertaining, we don’t supply recipes for this column. Anke is not doing recipe columns, but you can check our OTHER columns for food recipes once a week, usually on Wednesdays, for those. :)

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