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Decorate With Spring Green + White Luncheon With Friends

April is here! Hello dear cattledogs readers, this is with some fresh tabletop ideas for you today. I am already dreaming of rela 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).

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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.

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I've used large, flat bowls from 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 magazine. Just my taste!

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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 ) took my garland theme up a notch and the trendy brass cutlery added a little glamour to the decoration.

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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 -

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

Easter Sunday Tabletop Decorating Ideas

Hello and happy Monday dear readers! This is with some March-inspired ideas for your coffee table, Easter gathering or any upcoming celebration with family and friends. This year still seems so very young to me – but Easter holidays are already in sight. Easter is a big deal in Germany and aside from its traditional meaning, it also makes us feel excited because when Easter comes we know that SPRING is in sight, which is so exciting, isn't it?

 

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Easter lends a pretty good reason to set a Spring-like table in tender colors. And speaking of color, did you read that rose quartz is one of the two for 2016? Their website said something rather interesting about their reasoning behind their pastel color choices, "As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent." I have to agree, rose is such a serene color and perfect for the spring tabletop. Leave your stress and worry behind, sit down, relax and enjoy... In fact, I did not hesitate to use rose quartz in my Easter tabletop shown below. I hope that it inspires you to try a little rose quartz at home, too.

As you notice in my columns each month, I always decorate this little corner in my dining room near the pocket doors where the bench is. I like to make that corner fit the decor I have on the table for a cohesive look. For this look, I've styled some pretty flowers, hard-boiled eggs and a simple handmade wreath on the wall. The giant pleated vase was given to me by a dear friend to use for this setting, my ultimate favorite --  such an eye catcher, don't you think? It was on the table when guests arrived, but to make room for serving, I moved it over to the bench as decor. I created a loose arrangement of ranunculus, tulips, pussy willow, white anemones, wax flowers, eucalyptus and catkin branches.

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While creating this look, I discovered that wax flower is a dream candidate when it comes to crafting with flowers. The fine branches are very flexible and the flowers durable. You will find them in white and pink and in my opinion, nothing is easier than making tiny wreaths out of wax flowers! I've even used them to embellish the breakfast eggs on each guests' plate.

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As Easter breakfast may be more opulent than usual I thought Raspberry-Cream and Almond Sponge Cake might be a good idea! On top you see fresh raspberries and sugar-coated nougat eggs. This candy is very popular in Germany at Easter, they are called Möveneier (seagull eggs) and I love their speckled surface. The plates are simple white ceramic, topped with speckled gray plates from House Doctor to mimic the speckled chocolate egss on the table. For an simple, quick and classy Easter decoration I placed some edible white eggs over a simple white linen tablecloth. The eggs are hard-boiled and I cleaned the shell with pure household vinegar.

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How will you spend your Easter holidays, dear readers? I'm afraid I will be away from home working, but hey – I had some Easter spirit already when decorating this table for cattledogs, right? ;) Have a beautiful month of March and I will see you again on April 4th with another entertaining at home idea for your tabletop! -

(Photography, Styling and Text: . Editor: Holly Becker)

Spring Entertaining Ideas

Hello dear blog readers, this is with my monthly tabletop column for cattledogs. How are you? I hope 2016 started off well for all of you! Are you enjoying wintertime or longing for spring like I am? At our home, it has been the same process as years past. I cannot replace the glitzy Christmas decorations with plain elements and early bloomers quick enough. So, here are some spring tabletop ideas for you!

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My table is set in bright colors with white tulips, hyacinths, and snowdrops. Light-colored wood, glassware, and straight, clean shapes give your table decoration a modern, Scandinavian look. The great thing is that one doesn’t have to spend much money on it! Jam and preserving jars in different sizes will act perfectly as flower vases, and there is good news for those who like the tablecloth. It's from from their 365+ collection.

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I chose small enamel cups to plant the snowdrops. Look for similar vintage ones at the flea market. Enamelware from would be just as beautiful, as would their mugs or mini tumblers.

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Of course I had to put something playful on the wall again. Keeping up with the latest trend I went with a pennant wall hanging. There is special t-shirt transfer paper that allows you to print text or an image of your choice and iron it onto fabric. Check your local craft store - just ask one of the employees for fabric transfer paper. Easy-peasy! For the next step I cut the fabric to size, created a fold at the top and stitched, then folded in the bottom edges and ironed it, then sewed the hem at the short end of the pennant. To finish this DIY, just thread a wooden stick or even a cooking spoon through the hole you've created. Add baking string to the top to hang.

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The small culinary delight on each guest's plate was juicy lemon-rosemary-cake. If you like the combination of fruity cake and sweet garden herbs you should definitely have a look at the from Holly's new columnist . I will be giving it a try soon, that's for sure!

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I wish you all a beautiful month of February! I am looking forward to meeting you here again on cattledogs at the beginning of March! -

(Photography, Styling, Text: . Editor: Jessica Senti)

Tabletop Ideas for Holiday Parties

Looking for simple yet beautiful decorating and tabletop ideas for the holidays? Hello dear cattledogs readers, this is Anke back again with my monthly installment of tabletop ideas. This time I'm focusing on November to help prepare you for the holiday season with some simple yet classy tabletop ideas for a late November dinner party that feels a little bit like Christmas. For all of Holly's American readers, this could be a lovely presentation for your Thanksgiving holiday

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Christmas Season is just around the corner. Looking at magazines and blogs I am amazed every year anew at all the creative activities. Personally, I'm a late starter when it comes to Christmas preparations (I fill the Advent calendars for my boys usually in the night of November 30th to December 1st!) But... I'm totally ready for an almost winterly table covered in green, white and natural shades right now - no need to wait for a little holiday preview on my tabletop.

I went with a fir tree theme as I like the beautiful forest designs of the Swedish brand so much! Their cute tray was used toput my menu card on the wall and give my guests an overview of dinner. If you want to try this yourself, just attach a poster-hanger on the backside of a tray and make sure the hanger holds the weight.

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In keeping with the theme, my flower vases hold a variety of branches. Have a look in your favorite flower shop or at the farmers' market for coniferous sprigs other than the traditional ones and mix them together. I found branches of Juniper and added Seeded Eucalyptus and white Lesser Masterwort for a little floral accent.

In addition I made four fine circles out of black aluminum wire and tied some very small sprigs. It doesn't have to be a whole wreath to make an impact! Tiny candle arrangements took a seat in the middle of my "half wreaths". All you need are plain egg cups, Christmas tree candles and wax dots to fix the candles (just never leave candles unattended). You can find a step-by-step DIY showing how to add flowers to a circle in the book (under Coat Hanger Wreath) - you can download the book from Amazon .

As a starter I served Red Quinoa & Grape Salad with Almonds from the "" book. Such a treat! I could have it every day! Your guests will love it.

How about you? Are you at the ready for Christmas with all its glitter and sparkle or still enjoying everything autumnal? Should you have any questions about this post, please leave your question in the comments section below in German or English.

Have a beautiful start in the festive season and see you again in December! - .

(Text, styling, photography: Anke Illner)