Easter dinner lends itself to an elegant table top. We’ve created this beautiful, but easy tablescape from items we already owned and mixed in a few new pieces that blend seamlessly into daily life and entertaining. Sometimes, there is a great temptation to go out and buy all new everything to set a beautiful table. We wanted to show that you can create something beautiful by using what you already have.
Warmer weather practically begs for dining al fresco. It’s easy to drag a table outside and build a seasonally appropriate foundation for a special meal – or just a Tuesday night! The stools are from Candice’s homework station and make perfect impromptu al fresco dinner chairs.
By mixing linens we had on hand (the gray base is cotton fabric, the textured wide runner is embellished tulle – both from baby showers, the burlap is from a roll of burlap ribbon that was draped across the table several times) a custom look was made for practically nothing!
The turquoise plates were a HomeGoods find. They mix perfectly with Candice’s everyday plates and were a “makes sense” purchase. Adding a touch of paint to paper flower pots filled with moss makes them a special addition and is completely customizable! The gold shred is from the Easter Egg mailers we did a few weeks ago! The traditional name card lets the plant stake in the pot stay clear for a special message or word.
Candice found this gorgeous antique silverware for a steal at an antique show.
Instead of placemats, we laid vintage dictionary pages under the plates. Not only does it make it disposable, but it adds interest and a conversation piece to the table.
The dictionary became the base for the centerpiece – a collection of things from our homes that fit the feel of the table settings. We’ve mixed traditional and formal, with casual to make a perfect family friendly feel. Under the glass cloche is a simple bunch of baby’s breath which can be purchased at most grocery stores for under $5. En masse, it makes a great alternative to a more expensive floral arrangement.
Sometimes a multi-course meal calls for several napkins (especially if there are kids at the table!). Layering napkins on the table is not only pretty – it can be practical, too.
Adding a printed menu to the table is a special touch – and if you’re having guests, an easy way for everyone to know what to expect. Tomorrow, we’ll show you how to create a simple menu for your table and how we got those perfect gold glitter dots!