herb bouquet tabletop decoration
photo: sally schneider

As the holiday party season ramps up, we’ve been mulling ways to decorate the table in simple, charming ways (We’ll be talking about this very subject on The Splendid Table on December 21st). A favorite strategy is to make herb bouquets, a play on our penchant for arranging the table with an array of tiny flower bouquets in odd miniature “vases”, like apothecary and canning jars, juice and shot glasses. We’ve amassed quite a collection over years of combing flea markets and second-hand stores. We’ve also found that CB2 and Amazon have lovely inexpensive bud vases in interesting shapes (check out this Chive vase and this set of 4 little vases that will hold a place card or a perhap an INSPIRATIONAL SIGN. (Now there’s an idea…)

Making herb bouquets couldn’t be easier: buy bunches of fresh “stalky” herbs such as thyme, rosemary and sage, and arrange sprigs of them in your vases.

making herb bouquets for a tabletop decorationn
photo: sally schneider

They’ll live in water for days.

herb bouquet tabletop decoration
photo: sally schneider

Then you can use them for cooking or to make Fragrant Herb Salt (an essential pantry staple AND great gift).

Related posts: little makeshift vases
video: sally making herb salt with lynnne rossetto kasper (now there’s no excuse not to make it!)
brown sugar butter cookies with thyme-rosemary-lavender salt
make or buy: fragrant, wildly all-purpose herb salt

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One thought on “charming tabletop decoration: diy herb bouquets

  1. Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful idea! We just spent 3 weeks cooking and eating in Puglia, where the table decor was frequently made up of fragrant herbs, like rosemary, sage, and marjoram. Their scent lent added an extra sensory dimension to the meal, particularly in the case of the meat course — the lamb was marvelously redolent of the herbs it had grazed on.

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