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.
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. My seder table celebrates the season, while providing the elements for the traditional dinner, 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.
Floral arrangements paid homage to spring’s natural colors, with blues and greens and woodsy sprigs. The burlap tablecloth lends another nod to nature.
The lovely bird motif 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.
(See resource list below.)
The seder meal includes a recounting of the story of the 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 overall feeling 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.
The meal is a special event and is dressed to honor that.
Candle glow reflects the warm family scene, an orderly setting for the ordered ritual of the meal. Have you ever been to a seder?
Spring Plates Resource List – Click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. (This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.)
- Bird salad plates
- Cream dinner plates
- Copper charger
- Glen Plaid crystal goblet
- Blue ruffle napkin
- White embroidered napkin
- Frog napkin rings
- First Love flatware
- Burlap tablecloth
- Blue mercury glass candlesticks
- Blue glitter candles
- Glass votives
- White square dipping cups
- Mercury glass vases
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