Welcome to this season’s Styled + Set Holiday Entertaining blog tour hosted by Lory of Designthusiasm. Today is all about Easter and if you’re joining from Design, Dining and Diapers, I’m so glad you stopped by! If you’re a regular visitor, welcome back – can you believe it’s been two months since I last shared a tablescape and over three since I’ve hosted in my dining room? We are long overdue, friends 😉 At the bottom of the post, you can find links to check out the other bloggers, all ready for Easter. I’ll also include affiliate links and sources at the end.
I have been thinking of my Easter tablescape since October. Pretty ridiculous, right? When I created this Thanksgiving table for Pottery Barn, the overall concept was based on a deconstructed cornucopia. It was then I considered a similar approach, minus the squash and adding spring produce. With lettuces, carrots, and colorful cauliflower, the idea for a vegetable patch Easter table was born.
I had so much fun going absolutely nuts in the produce section of my local Kroger. Possibly a little too much fun. As much as I piled on the table for the centerpiece veggie runner, I had a ton left over. You’ll see how I used some of my spare vegetables later in the post 😉
First, I laid two runners horizontally. THESE are my go-to’s for almost every table. They are so versatile and are short enough to run sideways instead of vertically. Next, I stretched a similarly colored pashmina down the center of the table to serve as a base for my produce spread.
I used bunches of Kale leaves as my foundation before mixing in leaves of hearty lettuce. I positioned three small potted gerbera daisies down the table and built a bit of foundation up from those. Here’s a little game- how many different veggies can you spy?
I kept the place settings more stark to give that contrast and let the veggie centerpiece make the statement. The water hyacinth chargers (SIMILAR) reminded me of easter baskets 😉 One 0f my absolute favorite (and easy) details of the table are the individual tasting spoons at each seat. I piped a thick vegetable dip (sour cream based – not dressing) into tasting spoons for individual dip portions for passed crudités. I didn’t have any thin ribbon or twine on hand so I used a little parsley, loosely knotted, to secure each place card. I finished each with the tiniest sprig of dill. When I shared the rabbit food garden patch idea with my mom (my regular planning partner), she was disappointed I hadn’t incorporated friends from Beatrix Potter and called the centerpiece “Mr. McGregor’s Garden”. Well, that would have been inventive. You win, mom. Next time!
While this board, loaded with crudités, is the mini version, I have two in the medium size. I use them for entertaining, as permanent decorative fixtures in my kitchen, and as passable trays. One of the most perfect pieces I’ve ever purchased. Here’s a glimpse of the different sizes available.
The awesome thing about creating a produce-based table is that you don’t have to be a floral designer to pull it off and make a statement. It’s more like decorating a Christmas tree – you just keep adding the ornaments in spaces where it makes sense. This can be done pretty quickly – after church or before guests arrive – but this is not a centerpiece I would set up a day in advance.
I will say this. After breaking down this table, Dave and I ate the healthiest we ever had in our lives! Everything was rinsed again and stored. What do two people do with two bunches of kale?! We sautéed it and even made kale chips for the first time. I had some of the best salads of my life last week but will be ok taking cauliflower off the menu for the rest of the month 😉
In the beginning of the post, I mentioned I went a little overboard in guessing how much produce I needed to create a “proud” vegetable garden down the table’s center. Well, I overshot. By a lot. I used clear glass vases to create veggie arrangements on my bar cart. I loved the beets but they proved more difficult to incorporate into the table with their long, leafy stems, using the approach I did. If your garden hedge starts looking more like a wall (let’s be honest, mine is certainly on the verge), consider displaying the remaining produce nearby.
Gold Flatware | Napkins | Chargers- (SIMILAR) | Chairs – Linen | Bar Cart | 12-Light Chandelier | Tasting Spoons | Mini Wooden Paddle Board | Mirror: Homegoods – (SIMILAR) | Dining Table: (84″ in Salvaged Brown) | Buffet: (72″ in Distressed White) | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Rug: HomeGoods- Calvin Klein wool (SIMILAR) | Lamps: HomeGoods – (SIMILAR) | Plates | Cream Table Runners | Church Painting | Water Lillies Art | Wreath: DIY- Tutorial HERE | Gold Rimmed Glasses on Bar Cart | Decanter | Lantern (SIMILAR) | Paint: Lauren’s Surprise by Sherwin Williams | Trim Paint: Creamy by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle
Next, head to Wood Grain Cottage for more Easter entertaining inspiration! I’m so jealous of her bits of outdoor she has already been able to incorporate. You won’t want to miss any of the bloggers sharing entertaining ideas this week. See what’s been shared below.