I’ve seen mason jars used for lots of things, but I don’t think I’ve ever quite seen them used in this way before. Can you guess what I’m using this centerpiece for and how it fits into my Country French blue and white tablescape?
Nope, it’s not for flowers, not for candles and not for olive oil dipping. This is actually my Passover table setting and the mason jars have been recruited to act as my seder plate! But, let me back up and tell you where the inspiration for this table came from. As with most holidays, I wanted to approach my table from a French Country perspective. (You may remember when I added French Country to my Halloween table and my Country French Hanukkah Tea.)
Rather than going buttoned up formal, I decided to go somewhat relaxed to capture the spirit of my chosen theme. I started with blue striped tea towels to serve as placements and built my plate stack from there. Silver chargers with ornate edging keep the setting from getting too casual, and they’re topped with Mikasa English Countryside dinner plates, Star of David salad plates from Williams Sonoma and my favorite new addition, French Countryside appetizer plates from Sur La Table.
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The handled Tuscan urn is from Pottery Barn and I tied it with a French blue checked ribbon. Hydrangeas look wonderful with this palette.
Passover is a holiday rich with ritual and the seder is a meal that recounts the story of the Exodus from Egypt. A seder plate is placed on the table with 6 items that are meant to represent the bitterness of bondage. For my Country French table, I chose to forego the traditional plate and DIY my own, using dipping cups mounted on mason jars, corralled in a vintage milk jar basket.
A vintage silver toast rack holds the matzah that is eaten with the meal.
Silver spoon napkin rings mimic vintage flatware and work perfectly with the mood of this setting.
The table is peppered with some of my collected silver pieces.
I used table cards to label the compartments of the seder plate. I had made these a few years ago for another Passover meal that utilized an unconventional seder plate. You can see that table in A Nature Inspired Spring Table Setting.
I’m not the sort who pulls out the same china for every holiday meal. It keeps my guests guessing what the table will look like when they arrive. Thank you for visiting my holiday table!
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