Going Green for Spring


INSPIRATION: Fun acid green woven favor boxes from Beau-coup.com

It’s finally starting to feel a bit more like Spring here in the Kansas City, MO area. Hooray! This time of year means a round of Spring cleaning (ugh! :-(), which means it’s time to reduce, recycle and reuse. So here’s a tablescape to remind us to go green (have a garage sale, donate to thrift stores, use old items for new creations, vow to stop shopping…..whoa! Wait a minute! Who threw that last one in there??!?!?!!). In other words, time to go green!!!
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IFThis fun green & white table for 8 begins with a fresh white full-length linen from LinenTablecloth.com. I was so happy to once again have a chance to use this fabulous Mikasa “Daylight” dinnerware. With its freshly sprouted leaves on a wispy branch, it says Spring to me like no other dish I have whether it’s for a birthday, a ladies’ luncheon or Sunday brunch! (Click HERE to see these dishes used in another colorful Spring setting AND in a subdued Asian-inspired theme. They’re just that versatile!)

Flatware, stemware, charger collageSimple clear glass stemware from Old Time Pottery doesn’t compete with the flurry of decor on the table.  The “chargers” are rustic grapevine wreaths. (These were also used as chargers for an American Royal tablescape HERE.) Dark faux bamboo flatware from Home Goods works in concert with the chargers and branch design on the plates.

IFThe good folks at Beau-coup.com sent me these eye-popping acid green woven favor boxes. They look terrific “as is”, or you can dress them up with any manner of flourish. Here, to keep the organic look and  theme of recycling to go green, I hot glued pieces of broken from the chargers. Imagine these with a pretty silk posy, a tilted bird’s nest, a pouf of ribbon, or a simple twine bow. Just go wherever your imagination and theme take you! TIP: This shade of green is often hard to “match.” Don’t even try to go there. Take your cue from nature’s variegated colors and strive to complement rather than match.

Agapanthus, butterfly collageI found the squared-off green vases at a nearby wholesale store that always has something fun to tempt me. The shape of these vases lends itself to a variety of looks. On this table the arrangement is merely 3 majestically tall faux agapanthus. (I used these same green vases on the buffet with lots of orchids overflowing HERE.) An oversized acid green butterfly with pretty mesh wings perches on the side. To bring the moppy heads of the agapanthus down closer to eye level, I snipped and plopped a few into sleek white ceramic urns.

Mercury ball on candlestick collageCandlesticks aren’t just for candles! I used these white turned wood candlesticks from Z Gallerie to hold large, heavy mercury balls that sow a little shine into the otherwise unpolished setting.

Rose collageI bought a bunch of these little rose bundles wholesale a while back in several colors. I’ve seen similar ones in stores like Michaels. They look really good massed together as seen here in this white weathered aluminum planter. A single bundle is just enough to fill a smaller white ceramic urn.

Buffet collage

Wreath collageOn the buffet is a massive grapevine wreath that carries on the look of the chargers on the dining table. In the spirit of recycling and looking for something with a funky little beat, I used the stems cut from the agapanthus on the table to create a rambling design on one side of the wreath. The asymmetrical design is balanced a little with the presence of 3 more of the large butterflies. A mercury ball finial brings shine to the vignette, while dessert plates and forks peek out from beneath a floral arrangement.

Tea cart collageOn the tea cart are faux bamboo spoons and gorgeous Mikasa “Daylight” cups & saucers. A Ralph Lauren pierced cake pedestal (Tuesday Morning) holds more of the Beau-coup favor boxes, this time unadorned and filled with cookies for guests to take home. Your choice: favors on the table at each individual place setting, or displayed en masse for guests to pick up on their way out the door.

Many thanks to Beau-coup.com for providing these pretty favor boxes for me to play with! It was tons of fun! Beau-coup has a wonderful variety of “favors, party supplies, gifts, and more for all of life’s celebrations.” (I couldn’t have said it better myself, so I didn’t even try…I just plagiarized it! :-)) Stop by and check them out!

Other posts on this site with green and white tablescapes:
“The Party She Deserves”
“Moss & Manzanitas”
“Ready for My Close-Up, Mr. DeMille”
“Spring Has Sprung”
“Rolling Fields of Green”
“Apple Green Luncheon”
“Upscale Irish”

There are lots of fun blog parties out there with ideas from the creative minds of bloggers all across the United States and around the world. Partying hearty here in the Midwest (U.S.A.) are blog buddies like Marigene “In the Middle of Nowhere“, Lynne at “Lynne’s Gifts From the Heart“, Cindy at “Beaux R’eves“, Cherry Kay at “Entertaining Women” (she had a gorgeous green & white table last week!), Judy at “JBiggs Little Pieces“, sweet Pat at “Back Porch Musings“, “The Home Girl“, and newcomer Christine at “Rustic & Refined“. Join us this week at:
Cuisine Kathleen’s “Let’s Dish!
Susan’s “Tablescape Thursday

Blog parties are a wonderful opportunity for you to learn from tablescapers who do this regularly and have lots of tried and true ideas!

51 thoughts on “Going Green for Spring

  1. Okay Sister!!! I used my Daylight last Sunday for dinner. It’s always so refreshing. Love the grapevine wreaths.. and the table I plan (yes hopefully) for this week has been mapped out. green and off white, nest chargers.. We are on the same wave length for sure. This table is so fabulous. The green vases amazing. And your tip to compliment is so perfect!! Right on! Turned out great and so many wonderful ideas.. off to plan some more! xo marlis

  2. Just beautiful! The grapevine chargers matched with those favor boxes from Beau-Coup.com are just amazing and complement each other so well. This tablescape really embraces “Spring” in the most elegant fashion. You really know how to tactfully use color, you make a little go a long way. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. Alycia, I love spring and your tablescape captures the very essense of spring. Particularly the green leafing that emerges while there’s still a hint of winter left behind – as in the gravevine wreathes. Very creative idea in using the wreaths as chargers too. Oh and the coordinating flatware is to die for! Truly a beautiful table. It’s always so much fun visiting your blog. I feel as if I’m invited to party every time.

  4. How nice of them to send you those beautiful boxes….oh, I just love the gorgeous green and white….the table is stunning Alycia…and I of course also adore the buffet…I love using items other than candles…used those metal orbs at Christmas on my candlesticks…yours looks wonderful….I so love the texture that you used throughout the table between the grapevine and the flowers..truly beautiful Alycia…have a great day!!!

  5. Awww so sweet! and with a torn rotator cuff too!!!! Can’t believe how sweet. There you are in pain and always thinking of others! Even after I tortured you with those Nieman Marcus Dishes….

    I love the green pops of color and those darling little woven boxes!! or the silver orbs….total drool fest…. You are making it SO DIFFICULT not to go shopping for other colors! But I will try to THINK green, and not BUY green….I hope you’re feeling better and enjoying some nice weather!


  6. Great job! Love the cute boxes and how you brought out the color in your table and wreath. The buffet looks cute like that (you cold leave it that way for a while!) You are inspiring me to shop and bring in some color!
    I’m resisting reducing my stuff but I need to. Well one way or another green is either being spent or saved!

  7. Beautifully done as usual, Alycia. I love that shade of green, what do you call it? Is it the chartreuse? I love how you put the orbs in the candle holders. I need to do that sometime, thanks for the idea. The Mikasa dinner set is gorgeous, just perfect for spring….Christine

  8. This table says, “AAAAhhhhhh….it’s spring….” nice and slowly, as we breathe in and breathe out….So refreshing, and calm, and inviting. Love the little boxes–what a lovely, organic touch they add, and of course, your table is perfect for them. The mercury balls are the perfect touch to bring that bit of shine and shimmer. Love it as always, Alycia!! ~Zuni

  9. I am GREEN with envy now! Gorgeous fun table, and you have so creatively tied all the elements together. Those woven boxes would have inspired me too, they are darling! I zoomed way in to check out the cookies! The agapanthus are the perfect choice for those vases and I love the single blossoms perched on a lower level. Your mix of natural elements with the flashy green pieces works so well for a fresh and fanciful table! Lots of ideas and inspiration here, thank you!

  10. Love, love, love those dishes! And I also am in love with the way that you have set such a splendidly simple yet stunning table. The dragonflies are adorable!

  11. Hi Alycia,

    Love that bright green! It does instantly conjure up spring. All the elements on this table come together perfectly to create the essence of early spring. We are way past early spring in TN, my cherry trees are beginning to loose their color already. Have a great week. Dianne

  12. Before I tell you how fabulous this table is and how this is my favorite shade of green and that I really, really love those chargers…..

    I thougt you were supposed to be resting?

  13. Lovely, you paired the dishes so well! They are so pretty! Love your chargers, very natural, and your mercury glass adds some bling.
    Thanks so much for sharing this breath of Spring at Let’s Dish!
    So nice of you to mention your compatriots, 🙂 I will go check out Rustic and Refined, I am not sure if I have ever visited her!
    Hope you are feeling better!

  14. Crisp, clean, green, love it! I really like the dishes. The rustic wreaths as chargers are fab!! Love it all Alycia!

  15. Love the acid green, grapevine wreaths and the silver balls! For some reason, that combination of color and texture really make me hungry. Go figure, but then I guess that’s a good thing with a tablescape. Cute little woven favor boxes, too. That was nice of Beau Coup to send them for your use. Hope your shoulders are feeling better. Hugs and take care.

  16. Thanks, I’m tipping my hat to our Midwest bloggers. Keep it up, keep those exciting posts coming!!
    Yes, I am definitely seeing Spring on your table and now in the yard too here in the KC area. I am so happy for warmer days and daffodils blooming. I sat outside with my grandsons playing in the yard over the weekend and it was wonderful. Love it!!

  17. The nest chargers are awesome, my friend! Wow, I’d love to have them too!! Whenever you get tired of them, I’m sending you my address!! I also love the grape vine wreaths..you can send those too, lol..Pretty lime green, it’s such a happy, crisp and fresh color and your tablescape is gorgeous, soo screaming SPRING.. hope your weather goes with it too. I’m always so inspired by your great ideas and talent, my lovely friend. Big hugs,

  18. So pretty and springlike. The green is lovely with the grapevine chargers. The little boxes are darling. Your buffet is always beautifully dressed. another one to add to your most creative tables.

  19. this is the perfect way to launch us into Spring! the heck with that stop shopping thing!! LOL! The boxes are adorable and I also love the balls on top of the candlestick holders. Funny thing is I’ve been playing with doing something similar with patterned balls. All I keep thinking is that it’s a darn good thing we don’t live closer or it would be dangerous!

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  20. Very refreshing! Spring is my favorite season. With a little tweaking this ‘scape could work for “The Masters” golf theme.

  21. Alycia~ I love how your favor boxes provided the inspiration for the table! The Mikasa Daylight is the perfect pairing with the color of the boxes, especially for early spring at the table– you’ve reminding me to pull mine out and to pick up some grapevine wreaths to use as chargers! Glad you’re finally having some spring like weather in your neck of the woods 🙂

  22. Perfect!
    Don’t you love when the all starts in a little detail? That’s Love and Life Power.
    I’m absolutely – and madly – in love with your grapevine wreaths.
    Thank you for sharing. Enjoy The Spring.

  23. Oh my goodness, Alycia, I love that chartreuse color, as it’s so stunning against the white. Those Mikasa dishes are to die for! They would make eating fun just by looking at them. You could serve a cracker on them and I’d be happy! I love the chargers, the flatware and the mimicked wreath. It’s all just so pretty.

  24. If the dishes were a starting point, they certainly lent themselves as a real inspiration. Using chartreuse as your green is a nice break from the more traditional tones, but then I expect no less from you. Love the little boxes. They would be perfect to put a little “happy” in. Spring is, indeed, here though it looks like we have one more little setback on the way.

  25. That bright green against the stark white is stunning! You are right – no need to try to match the greens. I love the rose floral pieces bundled together like you did. The green dragonflies on the grapevine wreath made me smile 🙂 All your tablescapes make me smile!

  26. Ah, welcome to spring…once again U hit a “homerun”..ain’t mad at Ya lol…..Way to Go!!!! I must have channeled U, as grapevines for chargers were on my shopping list. Had decided to use them instead of the woven rattan ones, because they were cheaper! In Shopper’s Recovery til June. Darn IRS!!!!
    All the best, Gurl

  27. This is like a breath of fresh air on a beautiful spring day and just the thing to make me smile on this cold, rainy day here. ‘-) Not that I’m complaining one little bit about the rain. My garden is very happy! Love the grapevine chargers and all the tips and details of this scape, Alycia. You are the best!

  28. Most of do ‘fluffy’ with the acid green and pinks, but you take it and turn into an outstanding sophisticated design. I’m blown away. I want those cheeky little green boxes. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  29. Oh my, I blew right by the ‘shout out.’ Thanks for the mention, sweet friend. Do you all have Home Goods in KC? They have some wonderful goblets in a lavender/pink, or green, or blue, or a light amber. They have a scrolled design on them. Thought that you’d want to check them out. I brought home a bunch of the lavender/pink (I think that they’re going to be chameleon-like and change colors) from Dallas. I can hardly wait to use them. Happy hunting because I think that you’re going to like them. Cherry Kay

  30. Alycia, acid green sounds so ugly to me…your table is far from ugly! I ♥♥♥ it…can I call it chartreuse or lime or even yellow green? I like the shape of the vases…the agapanthus looks great in them.
    Thanks for the shout-out…even if I am not a true midwesterner!
    We are getting lots of rain down here, but everything is getting so green.
    Have a great week…

  31. Alycia – that pop of green is just so pretty and I adore those boxes! I have “eyed” that Mikasa pattern previously. It is such a simple and fresh pattern that could be used for so many occasions. You have “set it off” well!!

  32. I kept trying to read this post and walking away…. the acid green, my Mom Carole’s favourite colour . Carole ( my mom by luv, not birth) passed away 2 years ago… I finally just opened it… what a beautiful table. She would have luved this!! Totally! The chargers on the grapevine wreaths… the elegance of the Mikasa with the rusticity of the wreaths. You truly married the 2 wonderfully.
    Carole and I luv this table setting. Another masterpiece! Beautifully Spring!
    Hugs, Gee

  33. Hi Alycia, I looked at this beautiful table the other day. Can’t remember why I didn’t make it to the comment section. Bob probably called! LOL! Yes he does that often.
    My favorite color of green. The grapevine wreaths for chargers…fantastic. The large vases are perfect. You have the most beautiful and unique tall vases. Where do you store all this? Do you have a basement?
    The little boxes are such a sweet touch and the little twig, great.
    Sorry to be so late. Tight Hugs, Ginger

  34. Alycia, I really need some of those vine chargers. I love those! What sweet little gift boxes, and I love that china pattern. Your tables always inspire me. laurie

  35. Oh Alycia, I just love this one!!!!! And that green! wow…..that’s the color green I looked forever for in a small accent pillow for my family room sofa. Accidentally found it one day at Salvation Army in a bin filled with a ton of other pillows. I think the little pillow might be from the 70’s. Fabulous tablescape. xo

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