The Adornment Of & Celebrations With A Fragrant Herb: Rosemary

Aromatic Delights:  Celebrations With A Scented Herb
Aromatic Delights: Celebrations With A Scented Herb

Rosemary.  Termed “Rosmarinus officials”, rosemary is an aromatic woody evergreen perennial herb native to the seaside regions of North Africa and the Mediterranean. This fragrant herb presents  flat pine needle-like leaves  that grow on an evergreen bush. Who knew that rosemary joins the ranks as member of the mint family, Lamiaceae? The name “rosemary” derives from the Latin for “dew” (ros) and “Sea” (marinus), or “Dew of the Sea”. Of note, the ancient legend that rosemary grows “where one can hear the sea”. The Rosemary plant itself is also sometimes called anthos, from the ancient Greek word ἄνθος, meaning “flower”. Rosemary is said to resemble lavender when shimmering blue flowers appear in mid-Winter in native climates. The leaves themselves can often appear to be touched with silver.  But commonly green and fragrant, this woody citrus offers so much to our world beyond the culinary and herbal health benefits.  Beyond its aromatic offerings this fragrant plant that offers us  natural beauty when gracing events of our lives and brought within our interior worlds.

However, the past precedes this coveted plant.   It is noted that rosemary held a strong association with ancient Greeks and Romans. “As early as the Fifth millenium B.C. references to rosemary were found written in cuneiform” (the earliest system of writing of wedge shaped slash marks) on stone tablets.  Ancient appreciation of an herb, indeed. Coveted for what was believed mystical and healing properties, it was the Roman armies who would eventually bring this herb to Britain.  From there, this scented herb would travel through Europe and eventually reach the New World…

“As for rosmarine, I lette it runne all over my garden walls,
not onlie because my bees love it,
but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance,
and, therefore to friendship . . .”

-Sir Thomas More,(Aka Saint Thomas More, (1478-1535)  English lawyer, author and stateman

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A “rich crown of stone and pearls set with
rosemary in her hair” 

-English royalty, Anne of Cleves,King
Henry the Eighth’s fourth wife /1540

Long associated with remembrance of romance and matrimony, rosemary has been used for centuries in courtship and weddings. Oh, the beauty of tradition. In fact, French legend holds that “if a man didn’t like the scent of rosemary, he would be an inferior lover”. Who knew?  Empress Josephine is said to have asked Napoleon to wash in rosemary water before entering her bedchamber. The power of an herb, indeed. Interesting that rosemary is said to have been Napoleon’s favorite fragrance. A love affair, indeed.

French Royalty: Josephine & Napoleon
French Royalty: Josephine & Napoleon

As for this scented aromatic herb traditionally appearing during the holiday season, perhaps its history can be linked to the entertaining in the Middle ages. It is said that rosemary was spread on the ground so its fragrance would fill the air when guests would walk upon it. The belief was that those would smell rosemary on Christmas Eve would have a year of health and happiness.  A tradition of celebration with nature, for certain. It is no wonder that rosemary would continue as a traditional embellishment during the holidays.

In appreciation of the rosemary herb and the adornment of and celebrations of an herb of visual and fragrant delight….

Tabletop Delight With Sprigs Of Rosemary
Tabletop Delight With Sprigs Of Rosemary
Rosemary Within The Interior
A Woody Citrus: Rosemary Within The Interior
Natural Tabletop Inspiration Of Scented Delight:  Rosemary
Natural Tabletop Inspiration Of Scented Delight: Rosemary
Wedded Infusion:  Scented Rosemary
Wedded Infusion: Scented Rosemary
Scented Affairs:  Rosemary As Decoration
Scented Affairs: Rosemary As Decoration
Events Of A Lifetime:  Rosemary Infused
Events Of A Lifetime: Rosemary Infused
Celebrations Of Memorable Moments:  Infused With Rosemary
Celebrations Of Memorable Moments: Infused With Rosemary
Wedded Delight With Rosemary Sprigs
Wedded Delight With Rosemary Sprigs
Wedded Adornment:  Rosemary
Wedded Adornment Of Natural Appeal: Rosemary
Weddings Graced With Nature:  Rosemary In Decoration
Weddings Graced With Nature: Rosemary In Decoration
Celebratory Sprigs Of Memorable Visual Appeal: Rosemary
Celebratory Sprigs Of Memorable Visual Appeal: Rosemary
“Moments” With Rosemary
Scented Needles Of Fragrant Appeal:  Celebrations With Rosemary
Scented Needles Of Fragrant Appeal: Celebrations With Rosemary
Rosemary: Scented Delights
Rosemary: Scented Delights
Rosemary & Events: Scented & Visual delights
Rosemary & Events: Scented & Visual delights
Decorating With Rosemary:  Tabletop Delights
Decorating With Rosemary: Tabletop Delights
Tabletop Additions With A Fragrant Herb
Tabletop Additions With A Fragrant Herb
Tabletop & Decorative Delights In Sprigs Of Rosemary
Tabletop & Decorative Delights In Sprigs Of Rosemary
Holiday Embellishments With Rosemary
Holiday Embellishments With Rosemary
The Scented Herb: Rosemary
The Scented Herb: Rosemary
Nature's Gift Of Scented & Herbal Delight:  Rosemary
Nature’s Gift Of Scented & Herbal Delight: Rosemary

Consider the natural delight of the fragrant and distinctive herb, rosemary. Nature’s bounty offers us the scented delights with which to appreciate. Beyond a mere herb, rosemary will certainly grace our worlds in simplicity with natural beauty. Scented and natural appeal, indeed.  Onward to the celebration of life’s moments with the tradition of a fragrant gift of nature…

Onward,

Kristin

“There’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember”

– William Shakespeare
(Ophelia to Hamlet)

A Scented, Distinctive & Fragrant Herb:  Rosemary
A Scented, Distinctive & Fragrant Herb: Rosemary
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Embellishing The Spring Table: Entertaining With The Season

The Glorious Spring Table:  Embellishments Of The Season
The Glorious Spring Table: Embellishments Of The Season

Upon setting our sights on Spring, the mere idea of entertaining sets our focus on setting the table. Perhaps it is the incorporation of the elements of Spring that truly seem to usher in Spring. For certain, embellishments that line and grace the table bring forth opportunities to bring the season of renewal to the table.

Of course it is all in the presentation and personal preference in styling that creates a striking and memorable scene. Gracing the table is something I will continually focus upon. The art of the table. Beyond the selection of a centerpiece or decorative display, linens, flatware, china and serveware swirl with possibilities as one ponders how to style the table. Creating a beautiful table top display will not only enhance the purpose of the gathering as well as the meal which will be enjoyed, but composes a striking visual and memorable display. Of course, during the Spring, perhaps it is the bright brilliance of light filled rooms or exterior dining in the renewed world beyond our interiors that we seek. Renewal. Refreshing the table, indeed.

And of the embellishments that garnish the table and distinguish the place setting? Endless inspiration of personal style. Beyond the crisp linens, china, flatware and glassware that line the table, a blooming arrangement of Spring adds an element of the season to delight within its beauty. Natural embellishments, indeed. Natural and blooming centerpieces of personal choice and color hues that will draw attention to the table and blissfully treat the eyes of those that gather around the table. Oh, the delight of setting a table that is “dressed” and ready for guests. Creating a sunny scene of delight certainly provides a cheerful atmosphere for those that gather to relish in the celebration…

Blooming Arrangements:  The Spring Tablescape
Blooming Arrangements: The Spring Tablescape
Bright & Fresh Visual Display:  The Spring Tabletop
Bright & Fresh Visual Display: The Spring Tabletop
Vibrant & Demure  Spring Color:  The Blooming Tabletop
Vibrant & Demure Spring Color: The Blooming Tabletop
Gracing The Spring Table:  Blooming Delights
Gracing The Spring Table: Blooming Delights
The Presentation Of Table Top Display:   Delights In Entertaining
The Presentation Of Table Top Display: Delights In Entertaining

Consider the Spring table. Whether a “pop” of bright or demure color with blooming arrangements of seasonal flowers or the timeless rose, paired with the personal selection of display of place setting accoutrements, the goal is to create a memorable scene. Whether it is a simplistic affair within minimal style or a layered and adorned table of high style, consider with thoughtfulness the presentation you will set. As always, a memorable event will linger within the recollections of those that experienced the moment. Consider your surrounds and the table set for Spring. An embellished table that is ready to entertain and welcome the Spring season, indeed…

Kristin

“The sun has come out… and the air is vivid with spring light”
-Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens

Table Top Display: Thanksgiving Inspirations of Embellishments & Style

The Thankful Table:  Tabletop Display
The Thankful Table: Tabletop Display

The art of the table. Beyond the centerpiece, the selection of linens, flatware, china and serveware swirl with possibilities as one ponders how to style the table. Creating a unique table top display will not only enhance the festive meal which will be enjoyed, but composes a striking visual and memorable display. And of the embellishments that garnish the table and distinguish the place setting? Endless inspiration of personal style. Whether the ambiance of choice is within dim surrounds with candlelit glow or the bright brilliance of light filled room, drawing attention to the table will blissfully treat the eyes of those that gather around the table…

Emily Post's Table Setting Guides:  Basic, Informal & Formal
Emily Post’s Table Setting Guides: Basic, Informal & Formal

The practice of the arrangement of tableware is layered throughout history. The precision dictated in the arrangement has certainly evolved beyond “Basic”, “Informal” to “Formal”. The “Table Setting”, “Laying of the table” or “Place setting” refer to the way in which to set the table with “tableware”. The arrangement for a single diner, the “Place setting”, certainly designates the amount of guests to dine at the table. The “Formal” setting is dictated by precision and deliberate placement with requirements of dedicated tableware. The “Informal” is typically arranged based on formal settings but require less utensils and dishes. Perhaps considered a relaxed and simple approach or the refinery of formal requisites, both are delightful in experience for the guest or guests that gather to partake in a moment of culinary bliss paired with a striking and memorable celebration of thankfulness.

Table Arranging:  "Golden" Thanksgiving Table Top Style
Table Arranging: “Golden” Thanksgiving Table Top Style
Table Top Distinction:  Table Style
Table Top Distinction: Table Style
The Thankful Table:  Table Top Embellishments
The Thankful Table: Table Top Embellishments

No matter how you arrange your table of Thanksgiving, ensuring that you have created a memorable event is perhaps in the details. Personal style and personality of the host and/or hostess certainly plays a part. Life’s celebratory moments are an occasion to create a stellar scene. With flair, with finesse. The table that those gather around should swell in gratitude and thankful hearts at a moment in life with which to gather with purpose and intent. And of course, the appreciation of the table will certainly follow…

Kristin