Aren't we all loving the newness and freshness of spring? Here in Texas the windows are wide open and the daffodils and tulips are blooming. The extra hour of daylight we gained this week has given us a chance to eat dinner on the patio and enjoy evening walks. Spring is by far my favorite season ... all the winter gear has been packed away and it's time to wash the windows, fill the flower pots with fresh colors and decorate Easter eggs.
No matter what time of year it is though, I enjoy a beautifully set table that reflects the season without being too seasonal. Some of us enjoy the hunt and creative processing of taking design ideas from our head to the table, while others feel ill-equipped before they every start and simply dread the idea of decorating anything!
Table decor doesn't have to be fussy or expensive and a table that transitions well from season to season saves time and money. For instance, as soon as the Christmas decorations are stowed away, pull out a muted pink tablecloth or table runner for Valentine's Day and it can be used right thru Easter just by changing out the napkins or centerpiece. By mid-April, switch over to a white or ivory tablecloth or table runner and add touches of red and blue for Memorial Day and 4th of July. Between the middle of July and the end of September, it's a free for all and that's when I use whatever strikes my fancy. But when October arrives, it's all pumpkins, acorns and the beautiful colors of falls! To simplify, I'd suggest using a green or gold tablecloth or table runner that can be used right thru Thanksgiving and Christmas with a few changes to represent the season.
Grace and I made a stop this week at Home Goods to pull together some simple table linens to get the creative juices flowing.
First, we chose this plaid table cloth just because it's fun! We paired it with a sweet embroidered table runner (aren't the white pom poms adorable?), blue basket weave placemats and white napkins with a little blue checkerboard detail. This tablecloth makes a statement all on its own so no need to add lots of decor, just a simple wooden box filled with greenery (like the one below) would be perfect. Your table will be saying spring has arrived! Maybe even stick a few colored eggs around the the base of the greenery for Easter dinner.
Next we found a pretty white tablecloth and added a table runner with delicate gray vines and a hint of yellow. We also found some natural colored placemats that had just the right amount of gold shimmer and they paired beautifully with a neutral napkin and charming yellow napkin rings. The same simple wooden box of greenery would work with these table linens or a couple of white or gold accessories would be a pretty finishing touch.
We also spotted this black and white checkerboard tablecloth and, like a little black dress, it can pretty much stand alone for a casual table or be dressed up for a more elegant affair. Here we added round charcoal placemats and a smaller black and white checked napkin along with a tall white pitcher and a wreath filled with small yellow florals.
Some ideas for the vase -
1) add a few branches and hang Easter eggs with ribbons at varying heights
2) use plastic eggs to fill the pitcher, then add a bag of chocolate Robin Eggs candy on top
3) fill it with greenery or your favorite flowers
There are so many ways to make your centerpiece personal to match your budget, time and personality.
And our last great find was this turquoise tablecloth paired with a gorgeous beaded table runner, dark placemats, simple white napkins and turquoise napkins rings. While treasure hunting, we went gaga over these sweet little ivory plates with Easter eggs that could go right on top of each place setting for added color, but could also be used as a bread and butter plate or dessert plate. And, at just $4.99 each, how can you resist?
If you've ever shopped at Home Goods, you know that these items are very reasonably priced from just a few dollars to about $30. So if you already have some pieces you love and you just need a few items to freshen up your table, find a Home Goods near you and stop in ... preferably with a list.
Be forewarned (from personal experience), this place can suck you in like no other place on earth and before you know it, you will be wanting to ditch everything you already have in favor of a whole new set of table linens and decor. I absolutely love everything about this place, so I set a budget, go in knowing what I'm looking for and try not to get distracted (but if I do, I try to resist an impulsive purchase knowing I can think about it and always come back.
Hope you've enjoyed tagging along with me and Grace today and we pray you have a blessed Easter with family and friends.
Jeannie (Rachel’s mom & Grace’s MIL)
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