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4 Ideas for Building A Tablescape


As family and friends gather to enjoy the holidays, entertaining takes center stage. Susan L. Ebert shares four tips for creating a stunning Southwestern tablescape
building a tablescape
Ebert’s passion for cooking and entertaining begins with wild, organic ingredients, which she gathers, hunts and fishes from the diverse, bountiful Texas landscape. Photo by Wyatt McSpadden.

1. Refinishing Touches
My best junk store find of all is a distressed wooden farm table with screw-on legs that I sanded and refinished. Legs off, the upturned top slides into the bed of our pickup where coolers of food and crates of linens, plates, and silverware can be transported on top of it, and the table sets up easily afield.

2. Take a Bough
In lieu of a trip to the florist, consider fashioning a centerpiece from native plants such as pine boughs, pinecones, grapevines, and fall fruits and berries.

3. Amp the Lamplight
I like to fill a metal tray with assorted sizes of Mason jars and jelly jars, with a bright-colored votive candle in each. When an electrical outlet’s handy, count on me to pull out a few strings of Christmas mini-lights — I hot-glued spent shotgun shells over the bulbs on one of the strands.

4. Dye Hard
For tired table linens that need more “oomph” than tea-staining, I like to use the fiber-reactive tub dyes from Dharma Trading Company, which result in brilliant Southwestern colors that won’t run or fade.

>>Get the recipes for Susan L. Ebert’s field-to-table feast

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