Whether for Passover or a spring baby shower, there’s no better time than spring to set a standout table. This year, create a seasonal tablescape complete with chic tableware and gorgeous floral arrangements picked straight from the garden. But there’s more on the table, so to speak, than just pastel! Here are a few of our favorite classic and unconventional table ideas for your big spring gathering.
- Cheerful Gray — When you think of spring, gray is probably the last color that pops into your mind. But when done in just the right tone, gray serves as a chic, monochrome backdrop to make your pastels pop. Start with a warm blue-gray linen tablecloth and set the table with cooler earthen gray chargers, plates and bowls. Pepper in some pink, purple and white candles and a bright centerpiece packed with pastel hues.
- Pastel Perfection — Let’s face it: this is the only time of year you can get away with pairing pastel pink, purple, blue and yellow in a single setting, so why not take full advantage? Whether you want to go full-on rainbow with colorful plates or stick to a white backdrop with pastel flowers, this palette is sure to get your guests into a seasonal mood. Make the main dishes and sides in bakeware in pretty color shades to splash soft color across the table.
- All White Everything — Sure, spring is time for bright blossoms and pastel eggs, but it’s also the season of white lilies and irises. If you’re looking for an ultra-chic springtime table theme, consider layering your finest white china with crisp, white linens and a centerpiece filled with abundant white flowers. To keep your setting from looking stuffy or monochrome, pepper in some subtle hints of gold or green. This motif is perfect for dressier occasions, like formal Easter dinners or spring bridal showers.
- Traditional Teatime — Have a box of heirloom teacups in the attic you’ve been wanting to break out for a special occasion? Now’s the time! Perfect for a laid-back afternoon brunch or spring shower, the tea party theme is soft, feminine and perfect for this time of year. Set the table with traditional china, stacking the dinner plate, salad plate, teacup saucer and teacup to create a classic, dimensional look that adds height and volume to the table. Make sure the food matches the theme with classic tea party offerings such as scones, cucumber sandwiches and tartines.
- Garden Party — If you love flowers and want to celebrate the prettiest blooms of the year, this is the best tablescape idea for you. Garden parties are typically held outdoors, so you want to make sure you set the table with sturdy kitchenware and heavy-duty plates that won’t break when carried outside. Single-use tableware will work as long as you go for an Earthy biodegradable option such as palm leaf or bamboo. The key to a stylish garden party is to paint the whole setting in vibrant flowers. Create your own paper flower centerpiece or try your hand at making your own fresh-cut arrangements. You could even use potted plants to decorate the table.
- Spring at the Beach — Who says beachy, nautical themes are only appropriate for summer? Not us! In fact, we think some traditional beach vibes actually work quite well with a spring table setting. Start with a soft, pastel blue and white striped table linen and then stack your tableware atop a rattan or braided grass charger. Sprinkle in some pops of aquamarine or coral and you’ve got yourself a stunning tablescape fit for the beach house.
- Lush Lavender — Looking for a tablescape idea that celebrates the colors of the season but isn’t over the top? Meet your match — lavender monochrome. Going monochrome isn’t about painting the table in a single color so it all blends together. It’s about playing with different shades of the same hue to build dimension. Purple is perfect for this because it comes in so many dreamy shades — soft lavender, deep plum, vibrant amethyst. To keep your setting as springy as possible, make lavender the main hue and pepper in varying shades around it.
- Dusty Shades for Days — Not big on the traditional pastels or white? No problem. Consider pivoting to a dustier color palette. Dusty pink, sage, white and gold work beautifully together and are still soft enough that they’re considered in season. Decorate with rustic fruits and dusty hued flowers, such as pears, peaches, garden roses and hydrangeas. You can complement this theme with wood-handled flatware, colored glass goblets and a lamb’s ear or eucalyptus garland table runner.
- Soft and Rustic — Rustic décor shouldn’t be reserved for summer and fall. In fact, a little bit of burlap and raw wood can bring warmth and style to an otherwise cool table setting. The key to creating a more rustic tablescape is to incorporate pops of dusty green and brown. If you want to do this without losing the spring flair, add plenty of white flowers, dried grass and speckled eggs. This theme is perfect for any host who’s all about going traditional without the bright colors that come with this season.
After months of setting out your finest orange, brown and deep red décor, it’s finally time to start splashing the table with color again, so go big and get creative! Spring is all about welcoming warmer weather and enjoying time spent outside. Whether you’re throwing a big Easter brunch or are getting friends together to celebrate a graduation, it’s easy to create a welcoming tablescape that honors the season.