Easter table inspiration is bountiful and available everywhere we look. The garden’s early risers (daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths) beg to play a role. I love these bulb flowers, too, and am always ready to cut fresh blooms that will permeate my table with beauty. But it’s the classic Easter symbols—bunnies, eggs, and pastel candy colors— that remind me that this season is all about fresh starts and new growth. The rainbow of pastels puts a smile on my face as I dream of the table where I will share this special holiday with friends and family.
I could have settled on one or maybe two colors, but for this Easter table, I used all of the season’s happy bright hues. I started with a printed tablecloth in a soft, blue-and-white chevron pattern. You’ll notice that each set of flatware celebrates a different shade of spring. I borrowed that inspiration from a set of bunny plates that I found at Juliska a few years back. Each piece of this charming set of plates (they can be used for either salad or dessert, but when I’m in menu mode, my mind goes to dessert) is bordered in a different color. To pull all of the colors together, I combined two placemats—white wicker that’s woven into a scalloped pattern and a peony-colored one made of jute. Here’s a little tip: When mixing colors and patterns, it’s important to have a couple of components that unify everything. In this case, the matching placemats, glasses, and napkins support the bunny plates and solid dinner plates that rest atop.
A scattering of Easter bliss decorates the table’s center. Sweet bunnies coated with natural jute hop among eggs that I dyed with my teenage son and his girlfriend, bringing us back to years past when the whole family gathered together for this time-honored Easter activity. Bouquets of flowers both big and small and a bowl of pearlized Jordan almonds maintains the color scheme. I pulled a handful of malted milk eggs out and sprinkled them among the centerpiece for an extra bit of sweetness.
No different than the mix of colors that I wove through my tablescape, the pink linen napkins that I adore are heightened with a special monogram. Modern Monogramming used a rainbow of spring hues to embroider “R’s” onto the cloth through mini blooms in the style of “millefiori.” As someone who is always looking for a spot to incorporate a good monogram, I oftentimes use something simple and classic. I love the delicate charm that was used to create these napkins. If you are considering having your own linens embroidered, I encourage you to think outside of the box, especially for those that will be used for your most cherished occasions.
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, this happy as can be palette and pastel color combination will be festive and inviting for any spring or summertime table.
From my family to yours, Happy Easter.