Who really needs a reason to get together with friends and celebrate? Not us! We wanted to host a fall dinner party - "just because" - and since we live just 60 miles south of Napa Valley, we decided to embrace the grape harvest that is going on there right now, as inspiration for our decor and menu. And what is more napa than olive branches? Read on for easy steps on how to make a garland, using olive branches, or whatever greenery you have handy, to go down the center of your next dinner party tablescape.
- olive branches
- floral wire
- wire cutters
Start by trimming the bottom twigs off each branch, and lay them side by side, staggering them so that your garland can get longer. Cut about a foot of floral wire and wrap around the the branches. Do this about every 6 inches down the length of branches. Continue this until you have a garland long enough for your table or desired use. To finish off the end, make another separate little garland of about 6 branches, and attach the two branch ends together with wire. Tuck in extra pieces to cover the wire if needed.
If you don't have access to these, eucalyptus, bay leaf, and oak leaf also work. You can get these at your local flower markets, and even some grocery stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and others. You can also order them online and have them shipped right to your door from Fifty Flowers. Spray with water and keep cool if making ahead of time. You could also follow these steps to make one to hang above your table, a wedding ceremony space, or any area you want to turn into gorgeous focal point.
What kind of greenery did you use to make your garland? Tweet us pics @campmakery!