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Spring has finally sprung in Texas and there is nothing I love more than the feel of a bright, blooming house following those cold, wintry months. As a rule, I typically stick with neutrals when designing both my own home and clients’ spaces; however, spring is a perfect excuse to play with color in your décor. After all, what is better than a bowl of pastel, glittery Easter eggs?!

I had so much fun partnering with Pier 1 to design this spring table, which I centered around my great-grandmother’s china. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure that your spring tablescape is picture-perfect.

Tableware

When designing a tablescape I always plan around my dinnerware. There is no better time than Easter to bring out your finest china – whether it be a family heirloom or from your own wedding. After all, we are celebrating Jesus and He deserves our finest!

If formal dishes aren’t your thing, disposable plates are available in a wide range of fashionable patterns and can give your table the same elegant feel without the fuss. Once you’ve chosen your plates, pull a color or two from them as inspiration for your entire table.

I love colored glassware! Pier 1 had such a fantastic selection in my color palette that I couldn’t decide, so, I chose two colors! Pick items that can be transitioned to other holidays as well, such as these purple and green glasses. The purple will be gorgeous in the fall and the green works beautifully for Christmas!

Flowers

I feel that fresh flowers are a must during this season, especially when entertaining.  Use your color palette as a reference tool when selecting your flowers, trying your best to keep everything monotone (the same color or different shades of a color). For the table this table, I took inspiration from the delicate purple violets on my china. Look for a combination of large statement-makers – like hydrangeas – and smaller blooms – such as tulips.

Tip: When arranging your flowers, remember to trim the stems enough so you only see flowers (not a lot of stems) above the rim of the vase you’ve chosen. This helps create a professional mounded look.

Accents

Now that you’ve decided on tableware and flowers, we can fill up the table. A full table is a happy table!

I love visiting stores like Pier 1 to grab inexpensive accents, such as napkins. If you’re sticking with traditional china, pick cloth or paper napkins with a more current pattern in the same color family, such as the gingham check napkins used here. Don’t be afraid to try your hand at mixing patterns as I’ve done with the napkins and ribbon – just keep your palette consistent.

Finally, don’t forget to add a little height – such as these fantastic mossy mushrooms, or even your own crystal candlesticks.

The great thing about setting a beautiful table is so much of this can be done ahead of time. Keep in mind that the goal of setting a gorgeous table is to make your guests feel special when they sit down. Take time for details – whether it be printing out place cards or tying a perfect bow around a napkin – to show your guests that you care!

Happy spring everyone!

-Misti Reed

This article was originally published in The Art of Living Beautifully March 2018 magazine

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