Use a pretty floral china pattern as your inspiration for a garden- and nature-themed table setting. Mix vintage dinnerware patterns like ours, and tuck in cotton napkins as an added burst of color.
Cover your table with a homespun runner of linen or muslin. Or photocopy pages from a book of botanicals or old gardening book, and use these as place mats. (Tip: If you'd like to reuse the mats, have them copied and laminated at a copy center.)
We've topped our dishes with a faux bird's nest from a craft store. Inside, candy in the shape of tiny bird's eggs makes a sweet and edible decoration.
Fit a glass or plastic bowl into an old wooden garden trug and fill with water before adding a mix of greenery, full-blown garden roses, and sprigs of astilbe. (Tip: If necessary, use a floral frog or a block of soaked floral foam to hold your arrangement.)