Whether a scholar of religion and mythology or holding a showing of Clash of the Titans, anyone can delve into the richness of Greek mythology for some unique and eye-catching centrepiece ideas.
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The ancient Greeks had a rich tapestry of myths and stories that were developed to explain the world around them. Many of these stories had to do with the changing of the seasons and the bounty of the earth, all wonderful ideas to borrow from for table decorations. Create a centrepiece of dried corn, stalks of grains, bread and poppies for Demeter, goddess of the harvest, or one of antler, branches, pine cones and sprigs of holly for Artemis, goddess of the hunt.
All Greek gods and goddesses had attributes, animals and objects that were associated with them. Many can be adapted for table decorations. A relish tray filled with olive and surrounded by some olive branches embodies one of the most well-known symbols of Athena, and wine glasses with their stems wrapped in grape wreaths is the very essence of Dionysus, god of wine.
A centrepiece doesn't have to be a static display, and neither do table decorations. Guests who are going to be sent home with the gift of a bottle of wine can find the bottle waiting for them at their place setting, with the base wrapped in a wreath of grape vines and pine cones - the other symbol associated with Dionysus. For a more tame party, consider votive candles hidden in deep stone (or faux stone) holders, reminiscent of Hestia and the eternal flame of her hearth.
With the wide array of gods and goddesses, there is surely something available to suit any occasion. From the laurel and dolphins of the noble god of truth, Apollo, to the precious metals associated with the god of the underworld, Hades, there is no shortage of ideas buried in Greek mythology.
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