Spring has (almost) sprung here in Nashville! Hallelujah! I don’t know about you but I am so ready for some warm weather and sunshine. January and February are just awful to me. I’m depressed because the holidays are over, it’s bitter cold (apparently I didn’t move far enough South) and it’s just dreary. March is finally here and things are looking up! The Easter Bunny is coming early this year…March 27th is Easter Sunday. I have family coming in town for a long weekend and wanted to get a head start on a beautiful tablescape to share with all of you since I will be hosting a small get together at my home!
I LOVE, LOVE setting a beautiful table. It’s my thing. I put a lot of time and thought into how I want it to look and where I want to go with it. I have an amazing square dining room table that seats 12. Well, I have a love/hate relationship with it actually. It’s awesome in the sense that everyone can see each other and converse easily. That was my goal when we picked it. However it’s extremely difficult to decorate for some reason. The square aspect makes it tough because the table is SO big you have to put something huge in the middle to fill it up which can be challening. It’s also IMPOSSIBLE to find a tablecloth.
Anyways…I really enjoy tablescapes. You don’t have to go crazy to make it beautiful. I have found that just adding flowers, candles and some pretty cloth napkins with a ring really does the trick. Everything below was found at Pier 1 and is all 20% off right now (I have included the links at the bottom of the page). I hope you feel inspired to make a beautiful Easter table 🙂
Charger plates really make your table. You can find them anywhere. Even super cheap ones at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I have some silver ones from Michaels that I use all the time…I think they were around $1.95 each. These ones were a little pricier but I made the investment because I know I will use them quite often. Unfortunately Pier 1 doesn’t have them on their website, but they do in stores!
I like to have place cards when I have guests over for dinner. It takes the confusion and uncomfortableness out of the equation. You know when everyone is standing around looking at each other like “um…should we go here? Or there? Okay you go here, I’ll go there.” Yeah no. Not having it. One time I went to a dinner party where I knew NO ONE except my husband. We went to sit down for dinner and I noticed I was not sitting next to Chase. The host purposely placed the cards for people to sit next to someone they didn’t know so they could get to know them better. I WAS PISSSSSSSSSED. And the worst part was not the fact that I had to sit next to some random person. It was that I was 6 months pregnant and couldn’t even have a drink because of the matter. Pfff. Alright I’m going off now. But anyways, don’t try to be cool. Just seat your people next to their people! It’s the right thing to do!
Obviously calligraphy is not my forte here. All I did was grab a brown paper bag out of my pantry, cut it into a small rectangle and wrote the names down with a black sharpie. Ta-da! If you want to be fancy schmancy and print them out, go ahead. I’m totally crazy like that too just didn’t feel like it.
There are many different ways you can fold a napkin. Usually I go the easy route and stick it through a napkin ring and put it on top of the dinner or salad plate. However because of the soup bowl I couldn’t lay it on top this time.
Here is another great way to do it if you are not able to put it on top of your plates:
Centerpieces don’t have to be complicated. As I mentioned above, a simple floral display and some pretty candles usually do the trick. If you are crafty naturally you have an upper hand here! I unfortunately am not. So I typically buy flowers instead of trying to go the homemade route. You can’t go wrong with floral. Candles just add a warm element to your table. I ALWAYS have candles.
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Bunny w/Carrot Salt & Pepper Shakers