In this post: For seasonal spring tablescape ideas, this nature inspired rustic table setting utilizes spring plates and other motifs to drive home the theme.⇒
Does the sound of birds chirping conjure up memories for you? For me it immediately takes me back to my childhood bedroom. To be clear, I did not grow up in the country or even a pastoral suburb. No, I grew up in a borough of New York City, yet even so, or perhaps even more so because of this, I was enchanted by the sounds of nature that could not be stopped by concrete and brick. The chirping birds, even then, transported me out to a field with wildflowers and butterflies. Nature awakening even in the city was magical and to this day I find this sound one of the most charming of all. So, of course, bird motifs are more than welcome among my spring table decorations!
I enjoy using bird imagery along with other cues from nature on my spring tables and that’s exactly how I approached this table setting from a Passover seder and dinner. The Passover holiday is a spring festival that celebrates the Exodus from Egypt. The traditional dinner that commemorates this event is called a seder, and it’s one of the trickiest meals to set a table and cook for, due to the ritual rich nature of the holiday and the dietary restrictions that go along with it. This seder table celebrates the season, while providing the elements for the traditional dinner, all delivered in a nature-inspired spring table setting. The selections for this setting were both intentional and conceptual, as my goal was to celebrate both the arrival of spring and this significant holiday.
The floral arrangements paid homage to spring’s natural colors, with blue hydrangeas and seasonal greens and woodsy sprigs for movement and flair. The burlap tablecloth lends another nod to nature, a whole lot more rustic than a white linen would have offered.
The lovely bird motif on these spring plates are a veritable illustration of all that spring offers. I can hardly think of a more apt choice to enjoy this spring festival, with nests and eggs and a tranquil palette. (See resource list below.)
If you’ve never experienced a seder meal, it’s interesting to note it includes a recounting of the story of Exodus. At the center of the table is the seder plate, comprised of symbolic food items that represent the bitterness of bondage and other significant aspects of the Passover story. I used a very non-traditional DIY seder plate, made up of rows of dipping dishes labeled with graphic cards I designed and printed to match. The cards denote what’s included on a traditional seder plate.
The overall feeling of the table is soft and natural, but a little glimmer is served up via the aqua candlesticks and the glittered pillar candles. The warm glow of the votives helps to counter the cool blues.
The glen plaid goblets are cut crystal and the cream dinner plates pay homage to the English countryside. The flatware is vintage silver.
The narrative is retold from a special book called a Haggadah, which encourages children to ask questions and be curious.
I chose frog napkin rings specifically to represent one of the ten biblical plagues inflicted on Egypt. The blue ruffled napkins are layered over white embroidered ones, a pretty counterpoint to the difficult story.
The meal is a special event and is dressed to honor the occasion.
Candle glow reflects the warm family scene, an orderly setting for the ordered ritual of the meal. Have you ever been to a seder
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