When space around a holiday table is at a premium, I like to save room by bundling the napkins and flatware into neat little packages on each plate. Secured with a length of jute twine and embellished with a tiny bouquet of greens, the napkin itself becomes a part of the tabletop décor. Here’s how to make your own botanical napkin rings:
Photography by Erin Boyle.
Above: Gather supplies: seeded eucalyptus, hypericum, and rosemary (I found all three at my local grocery store), 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’s wire. A 22-Gauge Silver Wire Paddle is $2.89 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. I like to layer the flatware, rather than line it up, but there aren’t any hard and fast rules here. A roll of Jute Twine is $2.34 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.
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N.B.: This post has been updated with new prices and links; it was first published November 2017.