Hop Into Spring!
Spring is by far one of the most celebrated seasons. After a long and cold winter, the return of spring brings promises for sunny days, singing birds, and nature’s restoration of color. I personally look ridiculously forward to the first sign of my sprouting tulips that I spend hours planting back in the fall. The small little green sprouts popping through the hard cold ground brings me such joy. It means that soon my yard with be filled with a field of color, which is something we lose here in upstate NY during the winter months.
It’s also this time of the year that I begin slowly introducing color back into my home. My spring table decor always includes a soft palette of pastels. I love being able to flood my home in pink. Any complaints from the men in the house and just say, “blame it on the season”. LOL
Tails of Spring
Putting together a holiday table is much easier to do once you understand the basic steps to layering with texture and color. I am going to share with you 6 simple steps to creating your perfect spring table.
Pick out your plate! Most of us don’t have the money (or storage space) to change out last year’s holiday plates for a new set every year. This doesn’t mean that we are forced to have the same holiday table every year, it just means you have to get a little creative with color and texture. I’ll show you how to do this below. If you already have a set of holiday plates, use them. If you don’t have a holiday set, venture out and find one that you love. I found this adorable little bunny set at Home Goods.
Decide on your base layer. The most important thing to remember here is that your base layer needs to compliment your plate. I will talk more about how I chose my base layer, but first I want to touch on options for you. There are several different ways you can add a base layer. Many people like to use a table cloth and/or placemat. Want to show off the beautiful texture or rich color of your table? No problem. Use a placemat like I did in my post Fall Table Decorating Made Easy
I chose pink velvet as my base layer (main color) because it compliments the soft pink little bunny paws and ears. BIG SECRET: This is not a tablecloth. In fact, this is my daughter’s old pink velvet drapery. SECOND BIG SECRET: I do this a lot. Drapery always goes on sale for dirt cheap. The good quality of heavy fabric, blend of great texture, fun patterns and fabulous colors makes for the most perfect tablecloth.
This happens to be the most important step. Layer, layer, layer! Now that you have chosen your plate and base layer, take a really good look at those two pieces together. Place your plate on your base layer and take a step back. The plate and the table cloth alone are not enough to create a beautiful table. I first added a light-weight white ruffly runner to the center of my table to break up all of the pink and to soften the look. I also added a beaded gold charger, the piece that my bunny plate is sitting on. It highlights my plate and creates a really pretty border. But, between the runner, charger and the bunny plate, something was still missing. I added another layer by integrating this green and white plaid napkin to my place setting. These colors became my accent colors. The blend of green and white plaid colors compliment the soft water-painted blades of green grass on the plate. I let the napkin cascade over the edge of the table to better define space. It also creates a vertical distraction and breaks up the massive amount of pink.
Now for your napkin! This is where you can be fun and creative or stay classic and simple. If you want an example of a simple napkin fold check out my Fall Table Decorating Made Easy. Since my base layer (main color) is pink and my secondary layers (accent colors) are green, white and gold, this was a good time to bring pink back into the mix. *NOTE* It’s important that your color blend stays simple. I like to stick to one main color and add no more than 3 accent colors. Too many colors can make a table look busy and messy. I tied a large white puff ball around my pink linen napkin and placed it on the plate to make it look like the bunny’s tail. The white bunny tail added a fun visual interest to the place setting. It also tied together the white in the plate, the green and white plaid and the white table runner. By far, the fury bunny tail is my most favorite part of the entire table. (Makes me want to run out and buy a bunny. My daughter would love it! My husband…not so much!)
Your centerpiece! I love to add fresh flowers when I can, but your centerpiece can be whatever you want. The centerpiece is used to highlight the center of your table. In this case I chose, what else…my favorite spring flower, tulips. I bought three different colored bouquets (solid soft pink, mixed pink and white, and a solid deep pink) and mixed them to create a pretty bouquet blend. To draw out the length of the center of my table I flanked the main floral bouquet with these sweet little shamrock plants. The main leaf is a richly colored brownish pink and the blooms are soft pink. Again, stay within your main color and accent colors.
Time to add your “jewelry”. This step can be as simple as adding your flatware and glassware. Take a look at this gorgeous gold flatware from Pottery Barn here. My soft pink wine glasses are from Home Goods. I also had my eye on these affordable little beauties. The mix of solid wax candles and candles in pastel pearlescent vessels not only add a touch of elegance, but they add to the ambiance and drama when lit at night.
I hope that these 6 simple steps have encouraged you to “hop” into creating your own beautiful spring table. It’s not only much easier than you’d think, but it sets the tone for a beautiful dinner that each of your guests will be grateful for being a part of. Cheers to a beautiful spring season filled with sunny days, singing birds, fields of color.