Merriam-Webster defines “gathering” as a coming together of people in a group. They gather for social, religious, political, or other purposes, and this coming together happens as people share thoughts and ideas, as they get to know each other. Dinner table discussions can change the world.
When the Renaissance arrived, the elegance of the table-setting landscape was revived with precious metal dinnerware made of silver and gold. The ceramic plate was also introduced to diners during this time period, which eventually led to the replication of Chinese porcelain for matching dinnerware sets.
While the generations of today may be far beyond a simple salt cellar adorning their dinner tables, they can appreciate the table-setting history of the Roman, Greek, Medieval, and Renaissance time periods for the ideas that inspire today’s creativity of dining decor.
With the holiday gathering season approaching, it is time to put those creative design ideas to work, and the dining table is the best place to start!
Next, create a garland in the middle of the table using the bounty of the season’s nature. This can include small pumpkins, pinecones, faux berries, eucalyptus, and any other decorative greenery. Be sure to include either modern rustic or antique candlestick holders, and you will have a very eye-catching, unique, and beautiful centerpiece.
If you are envisioning a simpler centerpiece as part of your table decor, a Fall- or Winter- themed floral and greenery arrangement may be the perfect fit. Similar to the garland, mix seasonal florals and greenery in either an eye-catching vase or round dough bowl to either stand alone as the centerpiece, or surround it with modern or antique candlestick holders. You can also decorate the inside of an oblong dough bowl with various sized moss balls, pillar candles, small pumpkins, pinecones, and seasonal greenery for a simple yet elegant centerpiece that can be easily changed from season to season.