Sunday, April 17, 2016

How to Set a Pretty Spring Tablescape



With Mother's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd share a recent spring-themed tablescape I created and provide some basic tips on designing something similar for a ladies luncheon or other spring get-together. 





 Spring is such a fun time to invite some family or friends over and celebrate the freshness of the new season.

For this spring themed table, I started with a soothing colour pallet of soft teal, white and silver.

Usually, more subdued or pastel tones are associated with spring but go with what you like. It looks best though if you keep your colour combo to 2-3 colours at most. Greenery accents act as neutrals especially for spring.

Blossoms, nests and candles with glass and silver were the basis of the centerpiece.

If you have hurricane or cylinder vases that will fit inside each other, you can create something similar for the center of your table.  A single glass vase of any variety would also work.

Faux blossoms or other spring floral stems can be wrapped around the inside vase. 
 If you do not have the inside glass vase, use a faux candle so there is no danger of the floral stems catching on fire.

 Problems getting a pillar candle to sit level in a vase? Just use a filler like the white sand I've placed in the bottom of the inner vase.

Round up any decorative nests and eggs or spring-themed accents to place around the base of the vase.

A bit of faux greenery helps fill in any spaces.

Take some additional faux blossom/floral stems and run them out from the center glass vase. I set my center vase on a mirror for some added sparkle but this is not necessary.

Silver-look candleholders were also placed on mirror coasters. Again, this an extra embellishment and not crucial.

Small white birds add to the spring-time look.

If you don't have any birds, look around your home to see if there are any other small ornaments that would fit with the spring theme and colour scheme.

I am a big fan of layering table linens.  Tablecloths, placemats, runners, cloth napkins all add to the luxurious feel of a tablescape.  As long as they coordinate with your overall plan, go for it! Just make sure they are ironed :(

Placecard holders are a great way to add extra embellishment to your table.

I created these using small glass bowls (from mini-tasting sets) and placing a small nest, eggs, blossom and greenery inside.

The actual placecard holder is a mini silver dinner bell which actually rings.  I found them in the post Christmas sales at a local grocery store.

I think these will be fun to use to have guests ring when they need their wine glass topped up :)
Just tuck the name card inside the glass dish if you don't have the actual holder.

These beautiful charger plates that look like actual dinnerware, are actually plastic.  Charger plates are functional as well as decorative as they keep any food spills on your tablecloth/placemats to a minimum.

You will notice, there are no plates on the table.  This allows for either a buffet type luncheon where the dishes are set beside the food (in the kitchen in my case) or if you prefer, you as the hostess, can dish up each guest's plate and bring it to the table.


Having a refreshing glass of water waiting on the table when guests sit down not only looks pretty but is a thoughtful gesture.

Be sure to remember to create ambiance with candles which can be real or faux.  I chose some crackle glass votive holders but put water and floating candles inside rather than votives.

I hope you have been inspired to get out your pretties and try setting a table for a ...

Have fun and enjoy this wonderful season while it's here!

Thanks for visiting!
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14 comments:

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

So pretty, everything is gorgeous and so well done. I especially love the candleholders. Great idea with the inner vase.

Susie Holler said...

You always set the prettiest tables I save them just to go back and look at them .thank you for such wonderful Eye candy.what a pleasure to see.Susie

Pamela said...

Lori your table setting is so pretty indeed!

Lori -thestonybrookhouse said...

Hi Lori! I'm Lori too! :) You did a beautiful job on your table. It's simple but elegant! Thanks so much for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

Art and Sand said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful table setting. I makes me want to throw a dinner party.

Stacey said...

This is absolutely beautiful Lori. You really inspire me to do better setting the table.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Lori,

This is so refreshing, perfect pieces combined together to create a timeless elegance.
Pinned this to a couple of different boards too-
Thank you for sharing this lovely post with us at TOHOT.
Jemma

Laura said...

So very sweet 'The nest I really like
You are very creative, so soft and neat.
Laura

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

This is so pretty and soft. I like to see that for Mother's Day. The glass candle arrangement is my favorite! I like to layer linens too- you do a wonderful job with all our details. Thanks for more inspiration!

Pinky said...

This is a beautiful Spring table. I would love to be your guest! Happy Spring!!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a gorgeous centerpiece. What an absolute delight this post is!!! Thank you so very much for joining the gathering at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

So pretty Lori, love the soft tones, especially your centerpieces. The dogwood blooms are beautiful in the outer glass vase and with the name cards. Cute white birds with your greenery. Always beautiful and every detail covered.

thepaintedapron.com said...

Beautiful and classic Lori, I love the floating citrus slices and the clever place card holders, especially the bell for a whine refill!
Jenna

The Charm of Home said...

That is very pretty! Lovely table. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!