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A foraged tablescape for Easter brunch.

At this time of the year, the starkness of the trees fading into soft, leafy greens and the pastel flowers peeking out in clusters from the ground are blurring the harsh winter edges and making a stunning impact in this change of seasons. Catching glimpses of sparkling sunshine sweeping across the vibrant fresh grass of the burgeoning outdoor landscape is inspiring and I have been tossing ideas around to recapture parts of it as a tablescape for Easter brunch this weekend.

Starting with clipping a few branches of various shades of bright lime and deep emerald led to finding chunky slabs of tree trunks left behind from the recent clearing of a fallen oak along the trail and patches of moss in the shaded areas of our backyard. From there, I sorted through the piles of grapevine wreaths, boxes of preserved moss and garden salvage stored around the house.

Including pops of pale colors was essential to serve as a nod to the emerging spring blossoms and as a delicate balance opposite the natural elements and earthy tones foraged from the woods. I pulled a light turquoise palette as a central detail with plates I brought home from a European trip mixed in with Easter themed plates I purchased years ago from Mark and Graham and a vintage wood + glass terrarium.

Easter eggs were also an important component I wanted to feature and to keep with the woodland concept, I rolled clear plastic egg forms in different varieties of moss. The rest of the items from my collection - moss-covered bunnies, green linen napkins, a green linen runner, a gray linen tablecloth, square vine placemats, galvanized chargers, a scalloped zinc bucket, vintage books and an antique egg crate - playfully intertwined together.

Layering and stacking are two of my favorite ways to style. Whether with vintage books on coffee tables, ironstone dishes on cake stands or trays within trays, it is a versatile display that exudes character and adds dimension. Even bunching up the tablecloth creates gentle folds and texture defining the foundation of your table dressing. Tucking sprigs of twigs and pieces of twisted vines here and there infuse empty spaces visually.

To top off each tower of plates, I selected vintage berry baskets in a neutral coloring to highlight the whimsical side of Easter filling them with a handful of dried green moss and pairing them with a bunny napkin ring as a gift for guests. Just as I was contemplating chocolates for a sprinkle of sweets, my talented neighbor and friend Sarah from @thesweetlifenova dropped off the cutest mini sugar cookie confections that perfectly completed the place settings.

Whatever the occasion - formal, casual, scheduled or last minute - there are endless ways to build and arrange a tablescape that compliments your surroundings, reflects your vision and expresses your personal tastes. There is no need to follow current trends or stick to the same traditions for a well-appointed table - let your imagination guide you freely. It is an opportunity to explore and craft a magical setting on a small scale with objects already available within your home and an array of options from nature at your fingertips without the pressure of tackling an entire room redesign.

Now all that is left is to plan the menu and enjoy the company!

Happy Easter to you and your families!

Display sources

Orrefors crystal wine glasses from Sweden | wedding gift

Duka cream+gold plates from Sweden | wedding gift

Oneida silverware in Kenwood pattern | wedding gift

Vintage terrarium | personal collection

Vintage egg crate | personal collection

Vintage berry baskets | personal collection

Vintage books | personal collection

Vine placemats | H&M Home

Linen runner | H&M Home

Linen tablecloth | purchased in Sweden

Linen napkins | HomeGoods

Scalloped zinc bucket | personal collection

Galvanized plate chargers | The Old Lucketts Store

Turquoise plates | purchased in Europe

Bunny plates | Mark and Graham

Moss bunnies + moss bunny napkin rings | Target

Clear plastic egg forms | Michaels

Preserved Spanish moss | Michaels

Grapevine wreaths | Michaels


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