This Thanksgiving, save some room in your place settings by bundling the napkins and flatware into neat little packages on each plate, in the style of Gardenista editor Erin. Here she shows us how to create an embellished tiny bouquet of greens with twine for a napkin ring, making it part of the tabletop décor.
Above: Gather supplies: seeded eucalyptus, hypericum, and rosemary jute twine, and silver florist wire.
Above: Separate 1-to 3-inch-long pieces of rosemary, seeded eucalyptus, and hypericum. Aim to include at least one stem of eucalyptus still attached to a silvery leaf. For the hypericum, less is more. Trim a small stem with just two or three berries still attached.
Above: Layer your stems, starting with the eucalyptus and ending with the berries, secure with a length of thin silver florist wire. A 22-Gauge Silver Wire Paddle is $2.59 from Create for Less.
Above: Make a small bundle of greens for each napkin.
Above: Tie a length of jute twine around each napkin three times and slip your flatware under the twine to keep it in place. Erin likes to layer the flatware, rather than line it up. A roll of Jute Twine is $1.93 from Dick Blick Art Supplies.
Above: To finish, slide your secured posy between the jute strings. When it’s time to eat, guests can slip the small bundle out of the twine and remove the jute ring. Easy peasy.
For the entire tabletop look, see A Thanksgiving Tabletop in White, Green, and Indigo.