1. Pull together an unexpected centerpiece using various colors and textures of moss. A moss garden — like a shade garden in miniature — needs variety to make it interesting. Start with a planter shape that complements your table. Ours is long and low. Spray the planter with two coats of copper spray paint; let dry. Plant with a mix of living and packaged moss sold at crafts stores. We used trailing Irish moss, baby’s tears moss, and two shades of reindeer moss. The planting is simple: Place small chunks of moss over a mound of soil, then place the planter atop a bed of blue river rocks, and accent with cream votive candles.
2. Accent dining chairs with miniature wreaths to welcome guests. Start by purchasing 4- to 5-inch twig wreaths from a crafts store. Using reindeer moss, cover the wreaths, attaching the moss with hot glue. Use ribbon to tie the wreaths to the backs of dining chairs. To turn a wreath into a place card, use a wide, solid-color ribbon, and write the guest’s name on it.
3 and 4. Turn your side service table into a focal point by framing it in moss. Purchase a flat wood picture frame from a crafts store. (An 11 x 14-inch frame is appropriately scaled for a small side table, above.) Remove the glass from the frame. Tear reindeer moss into small, spongy chunks, and attach it to the frame using hot glue. Mist the frame with water to moisten the moss. Cut a square of fabric to the frame’s size, set the glass on the fabric square, and top with the moss-covered frame. Add a few blue river rocks to the moss for texture. Then set your drink table with whatever thirst-quencher suits your party. The glass in the frame will protect the tablecloth from condensation or spills.