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How to Set Your Log Cabin Table

Published By: Warren Parker  -  Thursday, September 3, 2015

Arts & Crafts Dining TableLog cabins tend to embrace the rustic, but isn't any reason that they can't be the setting for spectacular meals. Whether you're staging a romantic meal for your partner, hosting a holiday at your cozy abode, or throwing a fabulous retreat supper for your coworkers, it can all hinge on your log cabin setting.

Creating a table setting to suit the log cabin atmosphere depends quite a bit on the nature of the event. By understanding the basic components of table setting you will be able to break down the stylistic decisions necessary to craft a setting that will truly work for your plans. Here are some basics of log cabin table setting for you to consider.

If you have a beautiful wood table and are embracing the rusticism of your log cabin, you might decide to forgo the table cloth altogether. Clean and polish the table, set some beautiful cloth napkins out, and allow the wood's natural splendor to set the rest of the base for your elegant meal.

However, if your table is a bit more causal than your event or is a little worse for wear, a table cloth can be a great option. In keeping with the causal look of many cabins, you can create an all purpose base with a plain linen or cotton cloth in a neutral shade. For an extra layer of elegance, dress it up further with a table runner featuring a floral or woodland motif.

The dishes you should use for your log cabin table will be highly dependent on the event. A homey evening with a rustic theme is perfect for handmade ceramics, as the beautiful craftsmanship will do a good job to elevate the look of the dishware without making it seem out of place.

For settings that are a little more elegant, it's ideal to opt for traditional china with a floral pattern. The contrast against the rustic background will give you an ethereal feeling, it will almost feel as though you have stumbled across a fairy's picnic in a woodland setting. The floral motif aids in tying together the elegant china to the natural surroundings. Floral china works perfectly for a log cabin high tea, Mother's Day bunch, or Easter meal.

At any dining table, a centerpiece can serve to create a central image that sets the tone of the entire event. At a log cabin dining table, it works perfectly for bringing some of your natural surroundings inside. You don't need an ostentatious centerpiece, but it's wonderful for showing off the setting of your cabin.

On top of your simple vase filled with wildflowers or other local plants, you can also get creative with your centerpiece. How about creating a unique candle garden by using a slice of wood as a base and arranging mosses and candles on top? Or, for a terrarium that can be used again and again, fill mason jars with local plants and ground cover. Dried flowers from the region, arranged in a placed in a vase or wreath, can be great option as well.

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