There are TWO posts on this page with ideas for Spring tables, PLUS…
Scroll to the bottom for a list of fun elements to add pizzazz to
your next Spring tablescape!
More Spring tablescapes (click to go to post):
“Rolling Fields of Green”
“The Bluebird Special”
“Moss & Manzanitas”
“Springtime in Paris”
“Mothers Day Luncheon in Pink”
“Spring Has Sprung”
“Barton’s Easter Brunch”
“Apple Green Luncheon”
“Pinky Peter Cottontail”
“Welcome Back, Joel”
“Mikasa Daylight Giveaway“
“Taste of Wine Buffet“
Casual outdoor spring tablescapes needn’t cost an arm and a leg to make an impression! If your money is funny or you’re in a pinch for time, here are a few ideas to still put on a good show!
Paper products from Costco infuse lots of bright, energetic color into this tablescape. The colors are magnified when laid against a pure white table linen. Gerbera daisies are cheap and plentiful in spring and summer at your local flower market or nursery. Rye grass can be grown indoors in 2-3 weeks time using whatever containers you have on hand. (Really strapped for cash? Try using tin cans like those that green beans and Spaghettios come in. Wash them thoroughly, strip off the label, and plant the grass seeds. Cut a strip of colorful paper to fit the can and secure with double-sided tape or a fun sticker. Voila! Fabulous floral containers for next-to-nothing! See instructions for growing rye grass by clicking here and scrolling to Tip #15.)
If the wind is kicking up, use a weighted salad plate to keep the paper dinner plate intact. The clear glass used here allows the pattern beneath to still be seen. The dinner plates, cups and napkins are all from Costco. The bright pink BB&B placemats (about $2 each) could be replaced by patterned paper from a stationery store (about $.59 each) or pieces of wrapping paper or wallpaper (averaging around $.25 each) cut into rounds, squares or rectangles.
These colorful paper parasols were a steal (about $2 each) at Hobby Lobby’s end-of-season sale last year. They add a whole new dimension to the overall look and are a fun and fashionable way for guests to ward of the midday sun. (To see other tablescapes using paper parasols, click HERE and HERE.)
Total cost of paper goods, placemats, flowers, grass, and parasols as shown: about $48. With homemade placemats, the overall total drops to about $35.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH
This colorful brunch tablescape in Springtime shades of blue, white, and cheery lemon yellow punctuated with bright pink paid homage to my Mother. The bouquet – my son and his girlfriend’s way of honoring me on Mother’s Day – was perfectly coordinated to the setting, especially the fresh fruit compote! (Please pardon the horrible fold lines in the table linen! This is one of my very early blog posts before I realized just how awful lines look in photos!!!)
These placemats from Bed, Bath & Beyond caught my eye because of the playful lemons adjacent to the traditional & decidedly staid damask. The lemon yellow cotton napkins are also from BB&B. The cornflower blue juice glasses and compotes are from Old Time Pottery, and the cobalt blue chargers from Pier 1. The plates are basic white Corelle.
Fresh, fragrant lemons in blue & white transferware bowls with a few lemon leaves tossed in for color elongate the tablescape’s centerpiece. Not one to be wasteful, freshly squeezed lemonade is on the next day’s menu. (Oh, for heaven’s sake…those folds in the linen are killin’ me!!! :-()
Coffee cups in the colors of the day are from Old Time Pottery.
Pre-sliced bagels are presented in a long napkin-lined basket. Find the recipes for the homemade vegetable or honey cream cheese spreads HERE or by clicking the “Recipes” tab above.
I just love to take something basic and make it special! Plain white ceramic pitchers from Home Goods are gussied up with the addition of custom silver tags that mark the frothy, cold chocolate and strawberry milk.
Another tablescape using lemons on this site:
“Lemonade From Bill“
A few fun accessories that will help make your Spring table feel fresh, inviting, and alive!
- Budding branches (you can get these from your yard or nearby wooded areas)
- Fresh curly willow (adds a lot of character and dimension to arrangements or can be used alone)
- Flowers in seasonal colors (e.g., daffodils, tulips, hyacinth)
- Potted green plants
- Freshly grown grass in pots or flats
- Birdhouses and cages
- Glass bell jars and wire cloches
- Chicken wire
- Baskets (plain, moss covered, embellished with twigs or pussy willow branches, etc.)
- Pots and vases with a vintage look
- Fresh or faux veggies (e.g., lettuce, cabbages, carrots)
- Easter eggs
- Smooth river rock
- Floral wreaths
- Softly colored solid and patterned fabrics: plaid, paisley, floral
- Ribbon and twine
- Candlesticks, chargers, and other tabletop items made of wood, grapevine, straw, iron and other natural elements
- Flatware with handles made of wood or bamboo
- Figurines of woodland animals (e.g., rabbits, squirrels, birds)
- Figurines of Spring- or Easter-related animals (e.g., chicks, hens, roosters, sheep, butterflies)
- White or pastel spray paint for lightning and brightening everything from branches & twigs to….you name it!