Every good tablescape starts with some source of inspiration. That can be anything from the invitation to the event, a place mat you like, the dishes you are using or the flowers for the centerpiece. The only requirement for the inspiration is that it makes you happy and gets your creative juices flowing. For my table this year, I used one of the many fabric remnants that are stored (hidden from my hubby) in the attic. I am an interior designer and fabric junkie, so I have lots.
One of my favorite go-to’s for tables and buffets are mirrored table runners pictured below. They come in a number shapes and sizes are available at most craft stores. They create a perfect base for any centerpiece, add sparkle and reflect candlelight! What else could we ask for?!?
Adding layers makes any tablescape more interesting. I love these natural twig placemats from World Market and I have a set of gold and silver round chargers that I use for everything! I used natural twigs on my buffet for our Easter tree this year, so I wanted to repeat that natural element on the table. My china was my great-aunt’s Limoges wedding china. I borrowed it from my mama because I always borrow china and such from my mama. I love using my antique silver and crystal, by Waterford. The stemmed “juice glasses” are etched with butterflies and a treasured gift from a dear friend.
I found the pretty blue napkins at Homegoods and did a simple accordion fold to add some texture and color to the table since I used the footed bowl as a centerpiece in lieu of flowers. I made the fabric sashes for the chairs out of fabric scraps from a past interior design project.
I took four leaf placemats I found at Pier 1 and created a runner for the buffet. I also found the beaded butterfly runner at Pier 1 and HAD TO HAVE IT! The gold accents pick up the gold on the Limoges china and the round chargers. The other decorative items on the table and buffet are things I’ve collected over the years from estate sales and thrift stores. It is such a joy to have everything come together and use things you have at home already. One of my biggest pieces of advice when setting a special table is to give yourself plenty of time. It always takes longer than you anticipate, and it’s fun to have the time to really enjoy adding the details and special touches. I hope you feel somewhat inspired to set YOUR table and would love to hear some of the things you are doing in your home! Happy Easter to each one of you!