Set Your Easter Table

Set Your Easter Table

You know how I have always told you that I like to buy neutral pieces that are not particular to any one holiday?  That way the pieces are versatile enough to use year-round?  That was true until these little bunny plates went on sale.  My resolve and practical good sense went out the window.

The dinner plate version was also available, but I told myself that these salad plates would take up less room to store.  That was me easing my conscience. :-)

Set Your Easter Table

I am so glad that I picked them up!  I purchased 9 of them, as I usually buy an extra plate just in case somebunny breaks one.

Set Your Easter Table

I found the plates and the tablecloth at Homegoods.  The tablecloth could use a few more inches all the way around and I am thinking about adding a green border all around the tablecloth, so that it feels more sizable.  Tablecloths and comforters should be made a little larger than they currently are.  Don’t you agree?

Set Your Easter Table

I have had my eye on these gold utensils for over a year!  Finally they went on sale last year (after Christmas) and I purchased 2 sets.  I was also considering this one from Amazon but decided on these from CB2.  I love them and the only critique that I have is the size of the little fork – it is unusually small.  Maybe it would be perfect as an appetizer fork, but kind of small for salad.

Set Your Easter Table

There was a lot of color already on the table, especially with the busy pattern of the tablecloth, so these linen napkins were my go-to.  I paired them with a simple gold napkin ring that matched the chargers and the utensils.

Set Your Easter Table

You all know how I love fresh flowers but I had this little yellow arrangement by my bed and it fit perfectly inside Mr. Bunny.  To make this more substantial, I sat him on a pretty blue cake pedestal.

Set Your Easter Table

I had these faux eggs in my kitchen.  Don’t they look real?  I placed them on these tiny bunny plates.  I also thought of filling them with jelly beans.

Set Your Easter Table

Flanking the yellow flowers are these two potted plants (not real).  I like how the pots even have some weathering, which make them more believable.  From far away all the greenery and flowers look real.

Set Your Easter Table

So will I be using this table for Easter?  I have no idea!  We have yet to really make plans but I am glad that the table is set and ready to go just in case we do some last minute hosting. #JustAddTheHam

Will you be hosting Easter at your home this year?  Is it a holiday that you decorate for?  All I do is set the table but not too much more decorating.  I would love to hear about your traditions on this special day.

 

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The Spring Table

The Spring Table

If you follow me on Instagram then you know it’s no secret that I love tablescapes and flowers.  Every time that I host a get together, I think of the table setting before even planning the menu.  I actually like to set my table 1 or 2 days in advance so that I can choose and move pieces around without being in a rush.

Even when I am not hosting an event, I try to set a pretty table for us to enjoy, although we rarely sit in the dining room for weekday meals – we usually sit in our kitchen table.  Many times I will have a versatile faux arrangement (usually just greenery) as the centerpiece and I change around my chargers and plates to create a different look.  I will leave that out for a month or so and then remove everything, throughly clean the table and start again.

My favorite table settings are when the flowers go on sale at the market and I can really get creative.  Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s tend to have reasonable prices for quality flowers.  Sometimes they will have a “Value bouquet” that you can purchase 2 of and create a really full and interesting arrangement.

Below is the arrangement and table setting that I set up for spring – fun, bright and romantic.

 

The Spring Table

What I love about the mixed value bouquets is that they usually include at least 3 types of flowers that you can mix with some roses and create something really special at home.  Something that looks like it came out of a magazine.

 

The Spring Table

The rest of the table was a nod to the flowers.  I chose the napkins and plates in Spring colors that would complement the flowers.  I love having an assortment of linens to choose from when it’s time for dressing the table.  These napkins were less than 2 dollars a piece (from Sur La Table) and they really play off the yellow flowers.

I added 2 egg wreaths to cage some candles since I may keep this setting throughout Easter.  If I change it again, I will be sure to share it with you!

 

The Spring Table

Because my table is so formal (more than I would like) I add earthy elements like the woven charger and the terra-cotta napkin ring, to make the table setting more dimensional.  Also, because the rest of my home is no longer as formal, I like to add casual touches to this formal space.

Although most of my dinnerware is white, I do have a few colorful accent pieces that I can use throughout the year.  Usually it’s accent plates which take up less room to later store.  These rope design blue plates were found at Homegoods.  The dinner plates underneath are white with a green border and a gold rim.  They are from Williams-Sonoma and I purchased them on clearance after their Easter sale last year.  I love those clearance buys because while these plates were considered “Easter” plates to them, they are simple enough to be used in almost any tablescape – Christmas, Mother’s Day and even Thanksgiving.

Don’t shy away from the “expensive” stores as they sometimes have steep sales that can help you build your entertaining inventory.  If you don’t have the space or desire to have a bunch of plates, simple white dinnerware is beautiful.  Just be sure to purchase a few extra plates to account for breakage over the years.  White dinnerware is classic, timeless and food looks great on a white backdrop.

The Spring Table

These green cups have been in my arsenal for over 15 years.  They were on a mega-clearance and I purchased like 15 of them, thinking that a few may break over the years.  All 15 are still standing – so to speak.

The Spring Table

Of course, these flowers will eventually wilt and I won’t create this sort of arrangement weekly (although I wish I could!) but then I will keep the rest of the table setting and replace the flowers with a faux arrangement or some other less-opulent flower combo.  Nonetheless, I enjoy having them while they last.  I love walking by the dining room everyday and having a pretty table to greet me and my family.

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