How to Style a Beautiful Easter Garden Table
Easter is right around the corner and it’s a great time to style a beautiful Easter garden table, whether inside or outside. My mom loved to decorate her home for all the seasons, so it was only natural to extend her holiday décor to her kitchen and dining room tables. They became part of her overall decorative furnishings and a love I picked up on. I, too, love to decorate my table for the various holidays and seasons. It gets me excited to celebrate the upcoming holiday. However, my home is rather small, so I have only one table to decorate. And it’s the one I have to eat on as well, so at times, I do my best to keep my décor functional as well. In fact, the table I’m about to showcase is my table! So here’s how to style a beautiful garden table you can enjoy throughout the Easter holiday or spring season.
Choose a Stunning Centerpiece as your Focal Point.
Your centerpiece is the main focal point of any table. Therefore, for my Easter garden table, I choose a beautiful floral wreath to place in the center of the table. I actually bought the wreath for my front door, but thought it went so nicely with my dishes, that I decided to use it as part of my centerpiece. Since the wreath is laying down on the table, it left an empty hole in the middle, which I felt should be covered up. I choose a pink and white ceramic birdhouse, which I had in my kitchen. This gave my table a “garden” touch. I had to raise my birdhouse a bit, since the height of the wreath covered up some of the birdhouse and made my overall centerpiece look disproportionate. I placed an upside down Rubbermaid container in the middle of the wreath to give my birdhouse some height. I made sure it wasn’t too high, so others wouldn’t be able to see my “hidden” secret.
Use Coordinating Colors to Build Your Table.
I choose green placemats and two types of napkins. The checkered green and white napkins provide a touch of country, while still blending well with my green placemats. The solid fuchsia napkins add a pop of color. Since most napkins are approximately the same size, it’s important to stagger your napkins when pulling them through your napkin rings. That way you see both colors. You may have to play around to find the look you like, but here is how I did my napkins.
I unfolded one green and white napkin, then placed one unfolded fuchsia napkin on top making sure one corner was slightly covering one corner of the green and white napkin (don’t worry if the other corners don’t line up because they won’t). Take the corner where the two colors overlap and fold it towards the opposite corner forming a large triangle. Where the triangle edge is the longest, grab the napkin in the center and pull it through a napkin ring. Tuck a large silk flower (or real flower) through the napkin ring. Viola! If done correctly, it should look very similar to the napkin in the picture.
Add Decorative Plates to Create Charm and Appeal.
Surely you can use your everyday solid white plates, but by adding a decorative plate on top you’ll make your table setting more attractive. I found these adorable plates at Pier 1 and thought they would work nicely for an Easter or garden themed table. If you don’t want to invest in decorative plates, then add a cute party favor, a decorative place card, or a beautifully wrapped napkin on top of your plates. These decorative pieces can add charm and appeal.
Add Any Remaining Functional Items to Your Table.
A table is not complete until certain functional items are in place. Those items typically include silverware, glassware, etc. I choose beveled glasses because they gave my table a more stylish look. Can you believe these glasses are actually plastic! I found them at Home Goods a while back and thought they were beautiful. They actually look prettier than my everyday “glass”ware.
Embellish your Table with Small Details to Create a Polished Look.
Small details give your table a polished look, like jewelry added to a simple outfit. It makes an ordinary outfit rise to an element of sophistication. It’s no different with your table. After all, you’re “dressing” your table, so make it interesting, but don’t go overboard. Too much can come across as gaudy, so make sure you strike the right balance. For example, I didn’t have to put a large silk flower in my napkin rings, but by doing so, it made my napkins more attractive and appealing to the eye and tied in nicely with my wreath. Some other embellishments may include adding colorful straws or fruit along the rim of your beverages, tying a ribbon and greenery around your chairs, adding printed menus to your place settings, etc. The key is to start small and build slowly, creating just the right balance.
Serve Delicious Food and Engage in Lovely Conversation.
If you decide to entertain or are sitting down with family, than serving delicious food and engaging in conversation is a must. However, even if you’re dining alone you can still enjoy a simple meal at your beautiful table.
Kale Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
(Found in the produce section, already bagged.)
Cheese Tortellini and Chicken Basil Sausage in a Pesto Sauce
(Chicken basil sausages purchased from the meat department at Sprouts. I removed the casings before I cooked them. Cooked tortellini according to package directions, drained and added pesto and sausage.)
(Found in the frozen section; just heat and serve.)
(Found in the bakery section.)
(Found in the refrigerated section.)