In this post: Want to set an elegant holiday table without all the childlike imagery? Here’s how I used soft spring colors to decorate a sophisticated Easter table.⇒
Let’s face it. It’s not so easy to exude sophistication when you’re working with bunnies and chicks and pastels. And yet when celebrating a holiday with family and friends, that’s exactly what feels right.
We enjoy honoring the occasion with a special table set with our finest pieces.
We can ignore the imagery of the holiday altogether and just set a generic table using the same china over and over. But I love to be conceptual and so I’m sharing how to use soft spring colors to decorate a sophisticated Easter table.
I’m excited to be hosting the Easter edition of the Styled + Set Holiday Entertaining blog hop this week, with nearly 30 of my talented blogger friends. Be sure to visit all of today’s posts, linked below.
As with many of my table settings, I started with a pretty patterned plate which set the theme for my table.
The imagery is springlike and includes bunnies, but has an elegance that sits well among refined tableware. Still, it easily could have gone too juvenile and so I took care to highlight it’s more delicate aspects.
By choosing to use lilac as my accent color, it directs the eye to the florals on the plate.
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I further picked up on that concept with the florals used in my centerpiece.
I chose varied shaded of purples and lilacs for a bouquet of lovely spring flowers. I included hyacinths for both their beauty, as well as their heady aroma.
The bluer purple in the irises provides a bit more depth to the palette, while the drape of seeded eucalyptus leaves adds some movement to the arrangement.
The flowers are gathered in a cut crystal vase with the same glen plaid pattern as my crystal goblets. Tiny glass egg cups add another note of soft purple color and serve up faux Easter eggs.
Perhaps my favorite detail on the table is these gorgeous jeweled napkin rings used to cluster napkins in a beautiful lilac color. You’ll see more about these napkin rings in a future post highlighting the collection they derive from.
Bolstering the patterned salad plate is a charming alabaster glass dinner plate in a gentle muted aqua. The entire plate stack is framed by my favorite pewter chargers.
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Flanking the floral centerpiece I placed a pair of vintage silver candelabras. They add to the pedigree of the tablescape much like the use of the heirloom flatware. Tapers in a rich lavender draw out the colors in the floral assortment.
It’s important to keep your room setting in mind when working with color on your table. The light streaming into this space makes a huge difference and makes it easy to get away with working with more color.
In a darker room this would be a very different table setting and that’s something I had to be cognizant of.
I was going for the look of a ladies luncheon so that my table would be springlike and pretty. And yet the softness of the tableware balances nicely with the stronger colors in the floral centerpiece.
Adding to the air of sophistication one cannot underestimate the influence of the crystal chandelier and the mix of French cane back dining chairs. The tablecloth is a white washed linen with a delicate ruffled edge.
I hope the mix of all these elements grants the sophistication I was looking for to this table, despite the use of the sweet Easter bunny plates. I find them quite lovely, but then again, that could just be the child in me!
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