Have you welcomed spring into your home yet? It can actually be kind of fun! Buying flowers and early blooming plants may take a few trips to your local garden center and grocery store. Coming home with fresh flowers always brings a smile to my face!
To be clear, I use artifical flowers too!
Earlier I posted about using artifical early spring flowers on our dining room buffet, I wanted plants or fresh flowers for the special birthday coming up and family was coming in for the celebration.
Early spring Plants for centerpiece
Only primroses and pansies would!
It took visits to 3 stores to find them! It was a little early for most places. I filled two flat boxes with 6 small ones and 2 starter packs Jim cut the plastic apart and gently removed them to place in one of the small containers I had collected on the kitchen table.
it’s amazing what you can find if you look beyond the original purpose of the piece. Glasses, mason jars, sugar bowls and creamers. Don’t forget those awkward gravy boats!. Soup bowls and tureens. Maybe just a platter os 2 with the plants clustered on them.
I gathered up them all up to see what would suit. I also found a tinket covered dish, 2 vintage candy dishes, one on a stem that were Mom’s and a beautiful German ceramic pot, a gift from a dear friend to try out. We weren’t actually repotting them with new soil so the plants had to fit with the original dirt and shape. My tea cups though lovely were too short. The white cake stand was added for depth and height to the centerpiece.
Setting the table
After a leaf was added, I spread out the black and white buffalo checked tablecloth. If we needed 2 leaves, I would had use the other tablecloth the same width but not length. I always by the longest one and add the next size if it is a cloth I think we will use when company comes.
For this celebration there were 8. Did you know 8 makes for a crazy mad Monopoly game?
Due to a pesky tummy virus, our daughter and husband weren’t able to come. They were missed.
Next I arranged the plants down the center of the table, moving, adjusting and switching until it was just right.
Then came the plates. These were Great Aunt Daisy’s. Then crystal red wine glasses and silver.
Can you see the 2 gravy boats? Nothing matched in size or patterns for the containers.
I wasn’t sure if the china would work or if I would have to use the plain white that is for day to day. This was a grown up lunch for a 21st birthday! I wanted the table to be as special as my girl for her day.
Turns out Aunt Daisy’s simply elegant gold trom plates and the Lenox Autumn really did look so pretty on the black plaid. The creamy napkins with bright colored ribbon of lime green and canary yellow looked so pretty with the flowers.
The yellow in the china is highlighted by this pretty ribbon. The green does the same. This combination was surprize in how pretty it all looked!
This sugar bowl is from a Japanese tea set I bought at an auction years ago. I typically use it in my autumn decorating but it is so spring like in this setting!
Since we actually eat at the tablescapes I make, I don’t always layer but the meal I was serving called for a salad plate and room for a hot roll.
make it special and welcoming
Mixing a these pattern works. One is cream and the other put white. MIxing up patterns is not a rule breaker so go for it! If you have white dishes (or any of your everyday dishes) and a limited budget, buy salad and dessert ones to mix it up. Add napkins and ribbons too. There are so many pretty paper products today to use! I have a freind who is the best table styler for parties. She mixes beautiful paper products and extra fun ones for her granchildren’s birthdays regularly.
If you are nervous about soiled napkins or broken crystal, don’t use it!
Your table should be both welcoming and special for your guests as well as comfortable.
Meg, the birthday girl complimented me twice, twice! She loved how pretty the table was. She had a fun day of celebration and fun with her family. It only lacked her older sister and BIL
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Early spring is here. Hope you’ve been inspired to make your table welcome spring!