Easter is just around the corner (21st April), and if you're playing host for that all-important Sunday lunch then you might be interested in the art of tablescaping!
Earning just under a million tags on Instagram, tablescaping is all about the art of designing the perfect table setting. Whether it's for a wedding, birthday, or just a sophisticated dinner party, there certainly is a knack to achieving the perfect tablescape.
1. The art of layering
When creating a simple spring table setting, use layers to create visual interest. Add height and texture to the dining table by layering dinner and side plates, bowls and napkins. Creating layered place settings with stacked crockery and napkins creates a contemporary look by giving depth to your dining table.
2. Forgo flowers
Forget florals and instead create a show-stopping edible centerpiece like an elegant pavlova or a seasonal spring cake for a truly Instagrammable table display. You can even use spring foliage to decorate your dessert and let it truly be the star of the show.
3. Mismatched plates
Create that wow-factor by mixing and matching your dinner plates, side plates and bowls, instead of sticking to traditional matching sets. This adds variety and interest to your table and allows you to showcase a breadth of different ceramic styles, like this statement Ella Hookway side plate or this splatter print mini pine Belovo plate. Though the rules are few and far between, I recommend keeping the rest of the elements on your table, like cutlery and glassware, consistent to avoid overloading your table with different styles.
4. Egg-lectic Easter gifts
Eclectic place settings are the perfect opportunity to bring a touch of Easter fun to your tablescape. As a nod to Easter, gift each of your guests a different egg cup to take home with them - my dinner guests will be taking home these Chicken Feet egg cups and the Liga Cork cream egg cups. For an alternative name place idea, fill each egg cup with an egg and write each guests’ name on it.
5. Adorn with artichokes
Dress your table with seasonal produce like artichoke heads, pears and lemons which make for fantastic alternative decor. Trail across your dining table for a modern, pared-down take on Spring dining. For a seasonal touch, consider incorporating sprigs of rosemary into your table, especially if you’re serving up traditional spring lamb.
6. Find one-of-a-kind Easter treats
No Easter celebration is complete without sweet treats. Find a selection of unique, beautiful Easter eggs like this adorable Melt Chocolates Easter bunny and dot them around your dining table to please any sweet-toothed guests.
Anna Barnett's top tips: “Hosting at home is more popular than ever and I’m a huge fan of relaxed dining, which leaves you less to fuss over and means you can mix and match all your favourite pieces. From jugs to serving platters, glassware and cutlery, you can forget about the formal and more traditional approach and combine everything you love.”