I am not going to lie… this little Easter tablescape may just my absolute new favorite thing. I am absolutely obsessed with it. Between the adorable new bunny plates I picked up for spring and the antique pieces I’ve collected along the way this little table is truly a modge podge of my favorite things.
Of course, decorating a table for any occasion can be a daunting task… after all there are so many options! My favorite trick is to layer, layer, layer. Layer plates, layer patterns, layer linens, layer it on. At the end of the day your table will be more interesting and the different elements will blend together for a truly amazing tablescape.
Ready for this Easter wonderland?
The inspiration for this entire table were these adorable little Southern Living bunny plates! I absolutely fell in love with them from the first moment I saw them and knew I had to have them.
There are 4 bunnies in the series and each one is a little different. (In fact if you turn them over they each have their own name! Lily, Daisy, Tucker and Riley… my cat is named Lily and my Mama’s dog is Daisy so as silly as it seems that sealed the deal.
I had to have these plates!
So that brings me to my first piece of advice:
Start with Something that Inspires You
That may be plates or it may be a centerpiece… but start with something you love and then build your table from there. I absolutely loved these little pastel salad plates but my Mom fell in love with a more traditional salad plate for her simple Easter tablescape.
For my summer table it was a set of sculpted floral plates! You just never know what you’ll find.
At the store they had these salad plates styled with a teal blue plate with cream colored mugs and serving dishes. The table linens were a green and yellow plaid which was adorable… but not really my style. I absolutely loved the little pink flowers in the detailing though and knew that these little salad plates would look lovely on my blush dinner plates.
- Matceramica Blush Pink Dinner Plates
- Southern Living Easter Bunny Salad Plates
- Silver Chargers
- Water Goblet Recollection Pink by Indiana Glass (I’ve also seen them here)
- Gray Buffalo Check Cloth Napkins
- Gray Buffalo Check Table Runner
- Pink Deviled Egg Plate (purchased in store, sold out online. I’ve seen similar plates here)
- Small Pink Glass Cake Plate (purchased in store, sold out online. There are beautiful options here)
- Large Copper Tree (Found on Marketplace but here is a similar one)
- Roseland by Reed & Barton (Flatware)
- Glass Ridged Egg Cup (from Hobby Lobby but you can find similar ones here)
- Pink & Blue Knife Rests from Hungary (bought at an antique shop, I found several online here!)
- Etched Salt & Pepper Shaker from 1930’s (Similar options here)
- Holographic Eggs from Home Goods
- White Table Cloth
- Resin Eggs
I originally bought these blush plates at Home Goods (and am still on the hunt for 4 cereal bowls to complete my set!) however after scouring every store in a 100 mile radius and calling my best friend in Dallas to check all of her stores I turned to replacements.com to complete my set.
Which brings me to my second piece of advice:
Don’t be Afraid of Incomplete Sets
Sometimes the long term hunt of collecting something can be a hobby in and of itself! If you love something (and will use it) go ahead and bring it home. You may find the rest of the set at another shop or online (ebay and etsy are great places to search for missing pieces to your tablescape). And of course replacements.com
I absolutely love replacements.com because they have a great collection of dishes… I’ve been able to find the last few pieces of my china, these blush plates and the last two water goblets for my depression glass set here. The best part is that if they don’t have the pieces you need you can request that they search for it… and they typically come through!
This post isn’t sponsored by them or anything (I bought everything on this table with my own money… except for the plates my bestie bought me!).
Anyways back to the tablescape!
Once I decided on a blush color palette the rest fell into place. I added my pink depression glass water goblets and salt & pepper shakers to the table along with a few small pink bowls I like to use for sauce/nuts/shrimp tails.
Layering is definitely the key to my entire decorating style (if you’re looking for anything minimalist you are in the wrong place my friend) so now I started to add in the smaller details like the tiny egg cups and my antique knife rests from Hungary.
Layering Small Pieces Can Bring an Entire Table Together
A table is more than complete with a simple plate, cup and flatware but it’s the details that really take it to the next level. I brought out my antique knife rests for this table hoping that the darker pink would help pull together some of the pinks on the table as well as add in another vintage element.
Plus they give a beautiful resting place for the flatware!
Update: After showing this photo to a few of my friends I realized that not everyone knows what a knife rest is! These were traditionally used during large coursed meals… when one plate was taken away instead of leaving your silverware on the edge of your plate or laying it on the table cloth *gasp* a knife rest gave you a place to place your used flatware until you needed it to the next course! They’re a fun vintage element to add to tables… and are actually really useful for keeping dirty silverware off your clean linen.
At this point there wasn’t much silver on the table (just pink pink pink… which made me very happy!) but I needed something to tie in the silver from the flat ware and ground all the colors.
So I pulled out the linens.
Layering Linens will add Pattern and Texture. Think Tablecloths, Table Runners, Place-mats and Napkins!
A basic white table cloth is always classy and large scale buffalo check would help to balance the smaller details on the salad plates… and really let those bunnies shine! Which is also why I folded the napkins and tucked them in between the dinner and salad plates… placing the napkin on top of the salad plate would only cover little Lily up!
Or is that Tucker?
I have the matching table runner to these napkins so that went on top of the table cloth but I decided to leave off the place mats since this was such a small table.
I have a tendency to go overboard but I didn’t want the table to feel toooooo crowded.
Instead I pulled out a set of silver chargers to add a finishing touch to the silver color palette and a bit of sparkle to my stack of plates.
Ready for the finishing touch?
Your Centerpiece Doesn’t Have to be Flowers! Think Outside the Box.
Since this is a small table I knew I wanted to build my centerpiece up… so I started with a small trio of cake plates that would like the centerpiece off the table. Then I added a beautiful champagne colored tree that I purchased off of Facebook Marketplace… you can find a similar one here.
Once the cake plates and tree were in place I started to add a few more decorations: like alllll the eggs. I started with a few larger eggs that I found at Homegoods, as well as a few glitter/metallic eggs I picked up at Michaels.
Then it was time for the crowning jewel… a set of beautiful resin eggs I made last week. I am absolutely in love with how these little guys turned out… and I already have plans for alll the resin projects I plan on making in the future.
Of course, in order to tie the different eggs (and the table together) I needed a common element. So I took the four buffalo check napkins I didn’t use on the tablescape and turned them into little birds nests for my centerpiece. (You can follow the quick and easy tutorial I put together to achieve the same look with your napkins!).
I also used a little raffia to make smaller birds nests throughout the rest of the centerpiece! I added eggs to the cake plates and a deviled egg plate I picked up at Michaels to complete the entire table. All of the elements came full circle and I am (literally) tickled pink!