Get inspired by these easy tablescapes, perfect for your next party, special meal with your family, or Easter celebration. I’ve created 7 colourful options that are sure to impress your guests, along with some tips and tricks to make creating your own a breeze.
Mix Formal and Casual
Be fearless in mixing and matching what you already have. Every piece is from a different set, but common colours tie everything together. If your sets are similar but don’t quite look perfect together, find a napkin or piece of scrapbook paper that tie the two together.
Play with Scale
Make some egg-celent decor choices by displaying your (regular sized) easter eggs. Leave mini-eggs on the table to add colour and a treat for your guests. Fresh flowers feel special, but make sure yours are no higher than 10 inches. Anything higher makes conversation difficult. Check out how to make a gorgeous centrepiece here!
Add Some Kitsch
I love these little bluebird salt and pepper shakers! So cute. Vintage accents add some fun to your tablescape and give your guests something to talk about.
Don’t have matching placemats? Use scrap paper instead, or easily sew a set from extra fabric. I didn’t have a lot of green items, so I used small paper flowers to further tie in the look.
Fine China Isn’t Just for Special Occasions
I’ll never forget my grandma’s 90th birthday celebration at home. I invited some friends and family and when I started taking the china out to serve the cake, everyone told me not to. What special occasion are you waiting for? Aren’t you and your family special enough?
Set the Perfect Table
Setting a proper table can seem overwhelming, especially if you didn’t grow up with parents who insisted on it. Did you know that the fork is supposed to go to the left, even though most people are right handed and eat with the right?
Side note: after doing a bit of research on dining etiquette in Canada, apparently it should be held with the left. I’ve been doing it wrong my whole life. I may not have been raised in a barn, but it was only a few feet away. 🙂
Taste of Home has an easy-to-follow guide on how to set your table right no matter the occasion. It covers everything from the casual setting you’ll use on a daily basis to a fancier setting for the special occasions with multiple courses.
Did you check out those links? If you did, you’ll see that the teacup does not belong on your plate. However, I just loved the way the pinks on the cup played off of the small pink flowers on the plate. I’m still looking for one of my own. (I borrowed it from my mother-in-law.) If anyone sees one like it at a flea market–hook me up!
Setting a beautiful table is one of those things that seems hard and overwhelming, but really isn’t. Just use my formula: Something large+something small+two colours=beautiful.
You’ll notice in most of my settings that the something large is an arrangement of flowers. You can also use lanterns, succulents, or a plate of easter eggs.
The something small adds visual interest. I used mini eggs, salt and pepper shakers, and paper flowers, but you could also use coffee beans, small rocks and shells, or flower petals.
Any two colours can work, just make sure you have at least two (preferably three) elements of each of them. Elements can include: plates, napkins, cups, flowers, tablecloth, runner, or small and large interest items.
Still unsure? Send me a message or post a picture in the comments. I’d love to help you out!
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