Wednesday evening is the start of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for the Trees. This holiday, and its accompanying seder, encourages participants to reflect on how the earth’s bounty (especially the forms that fruit take) mirror our own spiritual evolution.
For the event, or any time that you want to bring a ‘natural’ feel to the fore, I have focused on a neutral palette with strategic punctuations of colour. When using a muted palette for an evening such as this I recommend beiges and greys. Color will come through strategic punches of deep red or teal blue, and shimmery napkin rings add additional ‘pop’. Focus on natural forms and materials as much as possible. I love the ideas of pebbles as placeholders, and wooden table runners.
Because the earth’s bounty is central to the festival I have chosen to showcase fresh fruit in a wooden bowl as the centerpiece. Circling it with freshly cut delicate branches and vibrant flowers brings more colour in and keeps the organic theme going.
A tablescape like this one is easily adapted for use year-round, whether on a Meatless Monday, Earth Day, or any other ‘green’ themed event!