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Plant a Garden Party

With a tabletop landscaping project and recipes for herb-inspired sweets, cultivate a springtime party of your own.

Photography by Clay Crain
Simple terra cotta pots undergo a transformation from plain to pleasing. From left to right: unfinished; painted; painted and glazed; and the last — poised for plants — painted, glazed and sanded for well-worn charm.
From left to right: lichen-covered rocks, sheet moss, purple hyacinth, miniature tête-à-tête daffodils, variegated ivy and wheat grass decorate the table.
These buttery shortbread cookies, loaded with aromatic rosemary and ground pine nuts, deliver flavor with every bite.
Dimension is added to the tabletop design by upending terra cotta pots and stacking them to form a striking dessert stand that fills the party’s leading role as centerpiece.
Cardstock, a touch of tea and some bark-covered wire are all you need to fashion a menu into a set of garden stakes. Floral frogs also fit the pastoral mood and can be used to hold small recipe tags that look especially good next to more diminutive desserts.
In this garden, herb-inspired sweets, such as these Chocolate-Basil Truffles, make an unexpected appearance in pots and planters. A marker tucked in an antique frog identifies the dessert.

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