A Day in My Life: How to Make a Tabletop Pop

I gave a shower for a friend’s daughter a few weeks ago. Lindsey and fiance Drew have a unique theme for their wedding: olives. I found Caspian olive paper plates…(my favorite go-to for a beautiful, sturdy paper plate) and went from there! Lindsey’s mom, Katrina, brought over the succulents for the table tops. She covered the plastic containers with a soft green fabric…which matched the napkins like we had planned it. We hadn’t!


I still needed something to soften the tabletop’s look…there was too much blank space and the succulents had a stark look. So I started to hunt through my cupboards and found these small white containers.


I liked the look of the white containers…but wasn’t sure what to fill it with. Normally, I fill the containers with colorful with jelly beans for an Easter table top. I couldn’t find anything in the kitchen that worked…and time was running short.


If I’d thought of it sooner, I would have used those chocolate covered almonds that kind of look like olives. Even nuts might have worked. No time this morning to shop, though. I needed something pronto…

So I went out in the garden with my scissors. And there it was! Rosemary. Just the right look with those succulents.




I think the rosemary made a big difference, don’t you?


The final touch was these little chocolate covered graham crackers, decorated by the Danville Chocolate Company. I borrowed the idea from my friend Pattie, who had them at my daughter-in-law’s shower. The guests love them…there’s never a cookie forgotten.



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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. You are one gifted lady, Suzanne. Beautiful!

  2. C.J. says:

    IF I didn’t know better, I could imagine that I was on Martha Stewart’s page! S.I.M.P.L.Y……Beautiful. Just a perfect touch! Blessings to u, busy & Very CLEVER lady!