Today, I am sharing a table setting that I created for spring. I used what I had on hand with the addition of some fresh Forsythia branches from the grocery store and some bird nests that I picked up at Michaels.
I like to have a color scheme in mind before I start planning a table setting. In this case, I had some pretty robin’s egg blue napkins and thought that they would go nicely with yellow accents. I pulled a large blue glass demijohn jug from the top of the armoire in the family room and decided that the color would be perfect for the table. I added fresh yellow Forsythia branches to it for the center of the table. The branches were too tall in relation to the chandelier above table, so I had to do a lot of pruning!
Although I was setting this table in our dining room, I didn’t want it to feel too formal. I decided to use a burlap runner and round rattan place mats from our kitchen. I like the texture that both of those elements add, and, along with the blue glass container, they make the setting more casual. I used my antique cream Wedgwood plates that have a springlike scene of flowers, birds, and butterflies in the middle.
The table needed more yellow, and my daughter suggested lemons. I often add small pedestal bowls of fruit to a table setting. In this case, I thought the lemons were perfect and springy looking. Since the floral arrangement was so vertical, I added lemons on a creamware platter circling the vase and mixed in some fresh mint leaves for color. This helps to draw the eye to the table rather than upwards towards the chandelier and branches.
For an Easter touch, I added to each place setting a small bird nest that I filled with Cadbury eggs (I may or may not have eaten the leftover ones!). I made little banners for place cards that I glued to toothpicks and inserted in each nest—I think it is nice for guests to know where to sit, and everybody likes a personalized little treat. I have had the small white bird ceramic salt and pepper shakers for years, and they are perfect with the nests. As you can tell, I am crazy about birds!
Happy spring everyone!