Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Centerpieces ala Spring!

Edith Shaeffer, in her book The Hidden Art of Homemaking, shares her belief that there should always be a centerpiece on the dining room table. She emphasizes how this brings grace and beauty to the home, and how children benefit from the centeredness that results from this tradition. Centerpieces do not need to be expensive or store-bought. She empathizes the use of objects found in nature; things that children can help gather. Twigs, shells, rocks, leaves, moss, and flowers are all things that can be found outside quiet easily. Even in the coldest months of winter, evergreen branches or dry twigs can be used. Ever since reading her her book, I have tried to keep a simple centerpiece on the dining room table. It changes according to mood and what is available. My centerpiece for early March was made of a place mat, a round plate, sea shells, and a potted daffodil plant. Simple, yet effective, it helped bring SPRING to the dining room table!


  1. Two of my favorite things: seashells and daffodils. Very pretty.

  2. I love the simplicity! It sure makes the daffodils the "star" of the table!!

    Hope you're doing well, sweetie!! Sure do appreciate you!!

    Blessings and hugs!!

  3. Oh dear! I can do better. I'm using a tray of vitamins as my dining room table centerpiece...that will never do!

  4. I love that idea from Francis Schaffer. By focusing a little on table decor, we remind ourselves of the importance of gathering with our loved ones. Like Vee, my latest centerpiece is a tray of vitamins. Out to collect some pretty spring things for a simple centerpiece.


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