Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easy and Elegant Easter Place Settings



Let's get real for a minute here: You're probably not hosting Easter brunch for a magazine shoot. Your place settings don't have to look like the Easter Bunny couldn't decide what to buy, so he bought one five of everything. There are several reasons why I like to feature simple, but elegant place settings.

First, hosting friends and family for a meal doesn't need to be unnecessarily complicated. Your guests aren't expecting a "show." What they really want is conversation, fellowship, contact. It's possible to make them feel special when they sit down to eat without killing yourself to make it look that way.

Next, making a place setting look special doesn't need to cost a fortune. As I talked about in this post HERE, I like to find basic dishes that can be used for all sorts of occasions. White works...go with it. If you buy different dishes to use for different holidays and events, the cost of hosting will take some joy out of doing it. Not to mention, you will need to find storage for all the various things. We are blessed to have an abundance of storage space; but honestly, there's never enough space to store all of the things you have. Bottom line, invest in some nice, quality basic pieces that you can use time and time again.

Finally, sometimes less is more. I firmly believe in keeping things simple and classic. I don't want to sit down to a meal and feel like I'm surrounded by cluttered decorations. Can we say, "Claustrophobic"? That's not how you want your guests to feel. Hosting is all about making your guests feel comfortable and welcome. Focus on that!

With all of that said, here are some examples of simple and elegant Easter place settings.

This is in our dining room:


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The tablecloth, place mats, and napkins are all from HomeGoods. The plates are antique German china, but I'd also be completely comfortable using my favorite white plates from World Market. The mini tulips are from Publix; we used them all throughout our Spring decor this year and you can see more of that HERE and HERE.

Here are some examples of other people's place settings that I found on Pinterest. If you'd like to follow me on Pinterest, use the button on the top, right corner of the page.

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I found this on Or So She Says.... She has a great how-to. I'm not great with acrylic paint, so I'd opt for a gold or silver Sharpie marker. Look for the little nests in the floral department of Michael's or Hobby Lobby. 


Cookie cutter bunny

This one seems so simple and FUN! I found it on All You.com. You can find M & M's of all one color at Party City, Michael's, or Hobby Lobby. 


Super affordable and your guests can take this one home! I found it on With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart. Use simple twine, string, or even embroidery floss to bind the sticks together. If you want to skip on the tags, you could type of the verse on some paper or card stock and cut it into strips. You could lay it with the strip or even glue the strip. Since it's sticks, simply use Elmer's glue. 

This one is a little different, but I love it: 




I found this on Apartment Therapy. If your local store has carrots with the green tops attached, you could totally use those, too. It reminds me of the poem by Else Holmelund Minarik:

Little seeds we sow in spring
growing while the robins sing,
give us carrots, peas and beans,
tomatoes, pumpkins, squash and greens.

And we pick them,
one and all,
through the summer, 
through the fall.

Winter comes, then spring, and then
little seeds we sow again.

Enjoy! Remember, relax and don't make hosting a chore.

Want to see more posts about simple place settings? Go HERE


5 comments:

  1. Hi Abby! Thank you for the link back! Sweet place you have here :)
    Happy Easter!
    Kindly, Lorraine

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  2. Thanks so much for featuring my place setting! Wishing you a wonderful Easter!

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