Are you hosting a meal this Christmas? Are you wanting to take your paper napkins and your place settings up a notch? I am a firm believer that to make something look beautiful doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money, just a bit of time and creativity. I also believe it’s the small touches that make your guests feel extra special. Do you happen to have baker’s twine and rosemary hanging around your kitchen after stuffing your Christmas bird? Then, you, my friend, have the makings of super simple, easy and not to mention aromatic place markers for your guests. Paper napkins have never looked so good!
Aren’t these little rosemary wreaths the cutest!
Here is what you need:
- Twine and/or floral wire
- Rosemary sprigs
- small gift tags
Super simple right?! You probably have all these things on hand right now, or nothing a quick trip to the grocery store can’t fix.
After doing a few of these, I think I perfected a quick and easy way of assembling them. First, chose sprigs that are relatively the same length and cut a piece of string about six inches long. You can always trim the string ends afterwards if they are too long for your liking, but longer is better to knot with.
Next lay your sting out vertical and lay the rosemary horizontal over top of the string. The ends should over-lapping. Knot them together.
Once the ends are secured cut another piece of string, this one about four inches. This step is a bit finicky but don’t give up. Take the two free ends of the rosemary, cross them and tie them off with the string, knotting as tight as you can. You don’t want all your hard work slipping way once you let go. Then trim those ends as close as you can get it. At this point, if you don’t like the look of the twine showing you can always use floral wire instead. I didn’t have any on hand and I knew that tiny knot would be hidden behind a napkin, so I went ahead.
At this point, you can use the one string you knotted previously at the bottom and tie it into a bow or you can cut a second piece and tie that string over the knot into a bow, so you have four strings hanging down when finished, like in the very first picture shown above. It’s completely up to you and what you prefer.
And there! You’re done! You made the most adorable rosemary wreath. Now, just repeat all the steps to make as many wreaths as you need. Once your done you just have to write your guests names on little gift tags.
Slip a napkin through the wreath, tuck the little tag in the center of your wreath and you’re done!
Sounds like too much work? Don’t worry I have you covered. How about just tying the two springs together at the bottom and forgoing knotting them at the top?
Still too much work? No problem! Take a single spring of rosemary and tie a little bow on one end. Slide it into the small tag hole and place on top of the napkin.
Still a bit too much work fiddling around with tying knots? I hear ya! How about tucking a couple small sprigs underneath the small tag? Simple and still beautiful.
Go ahead! Take your place settings up a notch this Christmas.
One last little tip. If this seems overwhelming, making these the day before or the morning of your big dinner, I totally agree. How about set your whole table up to a week in advance. I have a girlfriend mention to me a while back that her mom would always set the table days in advance. To ensure it didn’t collect dust, grime or attract little hands that feel the need to touch, she would lay a piece of plastic wrap over top each place setting. On the day of your meal, remove plastic wrap. Beautiful place settings without the stress.
From The Hales Homestead to yours Merry Christmas!