Whenever I set the table in our dining room, I feel as though a band should start playing or a choir should start singing. Why? Because sadly, we hardly ever use it. I can count on one hand the number of times we eat in there per year. That said, there is nothing I love more than putting together a welcoming yet simple tablescape. That’s what I’m sharing today along with some tips and sources. These Easter table setting ideas use seasonal items but the basic concepts can be used year round. A source list can be found at the end of the post.
The easiest place for me to start is with the fabric and flowers. Once I have those in place the rest seems to be easier. I started with my yellow buffalo check runner and added blue ball jars with yellow tulips. For spring, I don’t think you can get a fresher look than combining blue and yellow. Actually any pastels would be lovely.
It literally took me 10 minutes to trim the tulips and set them in the jars. It was easy and absolutely anyone can do this. You don’t need vintage jars…any sort of jar will work. If you use clear jars, tying a ribbon around the neck can add the perfect pop of color. Next I turned to the place settings. I love to layer and I think it’s essential for a pretty table. You don’t need five or six layers…just a few can totally make the same statement.
I didn’t use a placemat because I love the way the white charger pops off the wood table. The chargers have felt circles on the bottom so they don’t scratch my table. White plates, patterned salad plates, vintage napkins and cute place card baskets finish everything off.
I had the little baskets from a few years ago and filled them with blue eggs. I made the name cards on my computer, printed them on card stock and cut them out. If you choose a pretty, script font your guests will think you hand wrote them yourself!
So…when you are getting ready to set your next table just remember these simple things: fabric and flowers first, layer the table settings and then add the finishing, seasonal touches. Use what you have and add a handmade touch if you can.
Place card font: Contribute
Napkins – vintage
Table Runner fabric – Country Curtains
Salad plates – Cynthia Rowley from TJMaxx
Flatware – no longer available
Glasses – vintage
Since it’s Sunday, I’ll leave you with these wise words.