This warm tropical tablescape was just the thing I needed. It’s been so cold this January! I can’t stop shivering even with layers of clothing. If you’re like me and can’t take off to spend winter in a tropical paradise, try putting together a warm looking table. I know it’s off the beaten path of snowflake arrangements for this time of year, but I’m just not feeling the whole snowflake thing right now.
I played around with this tablescape for 2 weeks, before I finally told myself to just stop. Originally I was going to use terrariums for the centerpiece, but the palm felt warmer to me. There wasn’t any coconut shrimp or chilled pineapple drinks on the menu, though. We had roast beef with steamy gravy, and hot cocoa to sip on. And we wore heavy sweaters instead of Hawaiian shirts. What can I say? The food was warm, the clothing was warm, and the look was warm. Can’t beat that.
This is an Areca palm. They prefer an acidic soil. I add some peat moss to the potting mix to make it acidic. Palms are tricky to keep alive. They like it humid with plenty of light. I keep a humidifier near mine, or they would become crispy.
I used regular twine to wrap the utensils in the napkins, and scattered smooth decorator rocks throughout the table. The table runner is just a piece of fabric I have in my stash. Fooled you, huh? I folded and ironed it to use as a runner. It’s perfect for the look I was going for.
The 2 cylindrical vases hold Pilea Involucrata, known as Friendship Plant or Aluminum Plant. They, too, like humidity and acidic soil.
I added sand and then rocks to the bottom of the glass planters. Trick: I wanted to protect the rocks from having soil leak down into them, so I cut a piece of black landscape fabric to lay over them first. Then a little charcoal and the soil.
Go ahead and create a ‘warm’ table for you and your family. Whatever it takes to get the chill out, right? Who knows, maybe I’ll do the snowflake look in July, when we’re in the sweltering heat of summer. No, probably not.