3 Simple Recipes for Holiday Table Settings With Foraged Ingredients

By Annie Thornton, Houzz

These three simple table settings emphasize the beauty of the season without adding to the holiday load. They feature ingredients that could be snipped from your garden, picked up off the sidewalk or easily found at the local market. And if you can’t find a particular item, incorporate another material or just leave it out. Unlike most recipes, these won’t lose their flavor if you strip them down. “Simple things are oftentimes the prettiest,” says Alethea Harampolis, coauthor with Jill Rizzo of The Wreath Recipe Book. “I love using stark sticks.”

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Paige Green, original photo on Houzz

More than any time of year, fall and winter see a lot of recipes being used. They’re sometimes complicated, often time consuming and not always worth the hassle — just getting everything to the table often takes perseverance. In their book, Harampolis and Rizzo offer a different kind of recipe; shopping for supplies involves taking a walk outside or visiting a local nursery. The book features 100 wreaths, centerpieces and other decorations that will carry you through all four seasons, incorporating branches, leaves, fruits and flowers. The authors shared three recipes with us that bring the beauty of nature to the holiday table. Now get outside and start foraging!

1. Ilex Centerpiece

Mix winter sprigs and log slices for an easy-to-assemble and festive centerpiece that can be adapted to any dining table.


• 2 holly sprigs
• 2 redwood sprigs
• 2 ilex branches