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Inspired by the garden, this spring tablescape combines all the things I love to create a welcoming, bright, and happy table setting that’s ready for guests.
You might remember the recent post in which I shared the spring centerpiece I created using flowering bulbs. Well, just as I’d hoped, all of the bulbs started blooming. To capture their beauty, I pulled together this spring tablescape.
Since I’m temporarily homebound, I challenged myself to give my dining room table seasonal style using only things I had on hand. For inspiration, I drew on my new-to-me vintage Bavarian dinnerware and my potted bulbs. I think the tablescape looks beautiful, and I’m excited to share it with you today in the hope it will inspire you to also create a bit of spring magic in your home.
Garden-Inspired Spring Tablescape
Instead of just showing my table, I thought I’d walk you through the steps I follow when styling a tablescape. Regardless of your style or what you have to work with, I hope these tips and insights into my process will help you with your next table setting.
Let’s get to it!
Start With Some Inspiration
No matter what you’re doing or creating, you need a place to begin. As I mentioned above, I knew I wanted to use my potted flowering bulbs and my newly acquired vintage Bavarian dinnerware. This immediately helped come up with a theme (which I’m calling ‘Garden-Inspired’) and gave me a style and color direction for the table.
I arranged the potted flowering bulbs on the table in three groupings. I tried various combinations, and this one looked best. Plus, it didn’t block the views across the table.
That’s another tip, don’t be afraid to experiment. I moved things around for about an hour until I found a table arrangement that pleased me. Even though I enjoyed the entire process, it didn’t “just come together.” It took time, thought, and futzing.
My inspiration directly related to my table, but your inspiration could be a fun color palette you saw on Instagram or a pinecone you picked up on your morning walk. It could also be more literal, such as a specific season, holiday, or special event. Regardless of where the inspiration comes from, it will help to get the ball rolling.
Shop Your House
Whether you’re stuck at home, have limited funds, or are short on time, it’s likely that you already have everything you need in your house to style a beautiful tablescape.
I dug through my collection of napkins and found these. The small floral print is perfect for my theme and coordinates nicely with the potted flowers.
Since there are touches of gold in my dinnerware, I opted to use gold flatware. I even had demitasse spoons with a colorful enamel inlay that I paired with my teacups. The spoons aren’t part of my gold flatware set, but I thought they added a fun element and a subtle pop of color.
I then went to my living room and grabbed two brass bunnies that I had on display. They pick up the gold and feel at home tucked among the flowers.
Incorporate Some Coordinating Elements
When you’re shopping your own home and pulling in various items, things can quickly feel a bit disconnected. As you pull and style, I recommend having a few elements that relate to each other in some way and look intentional.
For example, in this spring tablescape:
- The white and cream plates tie in with the chairs and glassware.
- The color of the terra cot pots has similar tones as the wood of the table.
- The color of flowers in the pots matches the color of the flowers in the napkins. (It’s not a “perfect” match, but it works together.)
- The gold in the dinnerware goes with the gold in the flatware and the brass bunnies. Even though the tones are different, everything still looks coordinated.
I know this can probably feel a bit confusing, but trust your eye and adjust things until it all feels connected for you.
Add Something Unique or Unexpected
If you’re a longtime follower of Inspired by Charm, you’ve heard me say this over and over again. Whether I’m styling a table, room, or small vignette, I always try to incorporate something unique, quirky, or unexpected.
But that doesn’t mean the item has to be “weird.” To illustrate: It just so happens that the day I was styling this table, I received a package from my mom. Did you notice the glassware? She had one of her friends make the crocheted glass cozies for.
The cozies were a complete surprise. But they work wonderfully with this table and add a touch of whimsy. They would certainly spark conversation at a gathering, don’t you think?
The reason my mom sent me these glass cozies was because I recently told her about the ones I saw on Miss Mustard Seed’s blog. I thought they were fabulous and so unique.
Marian (Miss Mustard Seed) figured out how to make them using a vintage glass cozy as a pattern. She was also kind enough to share a full tutorial (A video is included.) on how to make them. I’ve linked her blog post here.
Add a Sweet Treat
Last but not least, add a sweet treat! This isn’t a tablescape styling tip, but the day after I set this table, I whipped up these delicious and beautiful Blueberry Shortcakes and couldn’t resist setting them out and snapping a few photos.
As you know, I often photograph my tables with a treat, so this only seemed appropriate. These Blueberry Shortcakes are such an easy and delicious dessert. I’ll be sharing the recipe with you soon. Stay tuned.
And with that, I’d say my table is company-ready. (Unfortunately, I can’t have anyone over because of the current situation.) I hope you enjoyed this look at my Garden-Inspired Spring Tablescape and find this post helpful when you style your table.
Looking for more Spring dining room decor ideas? Check out:
- Floral-Inspired Spring Table Decor
- Fun and Colorful Easter Table Decor
- 5+ DIY Flower Arrangements for Spring
- Easter Decorating Ideas for Your Table
- Spring Bar Cart Styling Ideas
Of course, the most important styling tip is to do what YOU love. Create YOUR happy place. Then have confidence in your design as you welcome others to your table.
You’ve got this! Happy decorating!
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Beautiful table setting Michael. Thank you always for all your wonderful ideas.
So nice of your mom to send you tge cozies. You incorporated them so well.
Now for blueberry shortcake
I love your whole table. It makes me feel happy. I especially like the cozies. They add to the fresh look of the table. Thank you for all of the things you do.
A beautiful table setting!
Hi Michael: Love your fresh style. Beautiful tablescape.
I just rec’d your post and love the light bright tablescape. It is fresh and so uplifting at this time.
In fact, I believe I have the same China. I had thought perhaps it was too outdated, but you have made me realize that anything can be incorporated into a new look. Like you, I can’t have company for tea or lunch, but my plan is to set my little table anyway. It will brighten things and cheer me up. Thank you sooooooo much. Am looking forward to exploring more of or ideas. Blessings. Be safe and healthy.
Beautiful! Love the glass cozies. What a nice Mom to send some happy mail your way.
This is just stunning and so beautiful. It puts a smile on anyones face. I love it and great job on your part. Love the cozies too. Can’t wait to set my table when my friends get to come and visit.
I also loved your article on your shopping spree to resale shops. Love that idea. Take care of yourself and hope your feeling much better soon.
The flowers make all the difference! I cannot wait until I can get out and flowers will be the first thing I buy. I know they are not essentials but they sure make you smile. Well done!
Wow, Your posts are really inspiring. Always the best ideas on the internet.
Love it! I have decided to enjoy the challenge of shopping my home and garden. Love your quirky additions and table- scapes that have room for food!
Now to figure out my window boxes without going out to purchase plants!
WOW, I LOVE your spring table. It is so fresh and beautiful! I love every thing you used. I think that it is so nice of your mother to have a friend make the glass cozies for you, so thoughtful! I follow Miss Mustard Seeds blog also, and I have actually made some of them with the same yarn she used. I was wondering if you could ask your mother to find out what yarn her friend used and what size crochet hook so I could make some like yours. They look white compared to mine and I would love to make some like yours. I would really appreciate if you would let me know once you find out from your mother. I love your blog, I have followed you for quite awhile, and your style is beautiful and you are always so inspiring to me, thank you for that.
Any chance you remember where those napkins came from? They are fabulous!!!
They were from HomeGoods.
Your tables-cape looks so warm and deliciously inviting. Thanks for sharing, and stay safe and healthy
Looks beautiful, those potted bulbs and the brass rabbits are a perfect match. Pretty dinnerware too.
I love your tablescape! It brings a bit of happiness into a troubled time.
This is truly inspiring. I was able to find tulips that haven’t bloomed yet to incorporate in my table centerpiece. Next year I’m going to get them early enough to grow my own like you did.
The glass cozies caught my eye in the first picture! The perfect touch!
Thanks for this; the world needs beauty right now.
I’ll be over for a virtual coffee and a blueberry shortbread very shortly, Michael…. you can;t eat them all yourself! That table is just so lovely – I get fet up with overly decorated table settings and this is so plain but so beautiful. Thank you.
Thank you so much, Susan. I understand your thoughts about ‘overly decorated’, but I can appreciate that look too. At the end of the day, do what makes you happy. That’s what decorating is all about.
Oh Michael, it’s just stunning! I’m so in love with everything on your table! So clever to use potted bulbs and those glass cozies!
Thank you so much, Sarah!
Those cozies are so cute! Your mom is a sweetie with a talented friend. Lucky you!
She was so kind to think of me! I love them!