Easy Modern Botanical Decor


Decor can seem daunting on top of everything else you’re juggling while putting together a dinner party. This modern botanical dinner table, designed by our planner friend Elise Johnson, is simple, cost effective and can even be prepared a day in advance. Your dinner will look so chic and modern your guests will never know how easy it was.



Forage for branches and foliage in your garden or take cuttings from potted plants. Herbs, vines, garden roses and branches are all you need. If you’d rather shop for pre-cut flowers, choose jasmine, spray roses, hellebores, chamomile and eucalyptus for a similar look.



Loosely arrange your flowers in mini bud vases. You can buy glass vases like these, or re-use jars from your home (zero-waste points!)



Print out a simple text menu (you can make one in google docs) onto pre-cut 5x7 cards like these. You can also cut them into smaller pieces for place cards.



Set up a modern drink dispenser (like this one) with citrus infused water and place your favorite wines and beers on ice so your guests can help themselves.


If you’ve got the time, design a killer entryway or bar arrangement with longer stems or leftover flowers. Use branches for the base and fill in the gaps with more delicate stems. Voila dinner decor complete!


Credits: Written and Photographed by Jen Bogan; Design by Elise Johnson of Shannon Leahy Events and Cherries Flowers, San Francisco.

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