I’m loving all the light, natural and neutral tablescapes I’m seeing on Pinterest and Instagram lately. When I set the table for Easter dinner last weekend, I tried to keep those themes in mind. A year ago I went all pastels and very “Easter-y,” but this year I really just wanted something that was fresh and springy but still versatile enough to be used for any occasion this time of year. Here’s what I came up with, using things I had on hand!
I knew my Gramma’s china would be perfect for Easter, but I’m still a little nervous to let those dishes loose on company (especially when there are kids involved). Instead of using the china dinner plates, I simply layered one of the salad plates over my white every day dinner plates. I instructed my guests to just move the salad plate over and use it for bread, and that worked really well!
Layering the dishes over a woven charger kept the place setting from looking too fancy and gave me that natural look I was going for. Those are my $3 chargers from Dollar General, and they are back in stock in my stores right now!
Instead of a runner, I laid down two linen/burlap place mats I recently dug out of the Target end caps (marked down to $1 each!). Although the cloth napkins are all a neutral tan, there are actually 3 different sets of napkins on the table. I have a few of this and a few of that, and it works pretty well! I also mixed two different sets of white plates. I love the uniform but not perfect look the varied dishes give to the table.
The centerpiece was simply a $4 grocery store bouquet of daisies, separated into three canning jars! For dinner, I placed the largest one on a gold charger (here are similar ones, currently on clearance). Pictured above is the way my table currently looks – the dressed down version of my centerpiece! If I can keep Peggy from eating those flowers we’ll be good to go. #notevenkidding
Although I set the table last fall using my Gramma’s china, we didn’t actually eat off the china dishes – they were just used for decoration in between meals. I’m happy to report that the china survived an actual meal! I believe that using our loved one’s beloved possessions is a way to honor their memory. ❤
Do you have china? I didn’t register for any but I’m so thrilled to have my Gramma’s wedding china and her Christmas china!