Passover, Easter, Mother’s Day, oh my! With the barrage of spring holidays comes a myriad of exciting tablescape ideas. Homepolish designer Ariel Okin works through the spring soirée necessities in this shoppable guide.
As the snow begins to thaw and the sounds of birds chirping (finally!) signal the beginning of spring, a few other things (namely, holidays) start cooking in your kitchen. April and May are fraught with host and hostess responsibilities that run the gamut. Whether you’re serving up gefilte fish, a country ham, or even a mimosa bar, Homepolish has you covered with the spring’s best servingware and tabletop ideas.
Light and Bright
Enough of that umami. Winter is over, and all we can think about are gorgeous farmer’s market salads and natural light pouring in from the gigantic windows that we may or may not have in our tiny apartments (pretending is fun though, no?). Focus on ceramics and china with a light base as your table’s anchor. White, ivory, and ecru brighten up a table like nobody’s business, especially when peppered with delicate patterns. They are the crisp white button-down to your table’s spring wardrobe.
If you want to really go all in, splurge on hand-painted pieces, like a blue and white set from Royal Copenhagen. But spending a fortune isn’t necessary. More affordable sets (such as those found at Crate and Barrel) have beautiful details like etching and scalloping. Scribe’s patterned rim comes from hand-carved molds by artist Olivia Barry, whereas the delicate Mallorca is the creation of the Italian designer Paola Navone. Whatever you choose, your avocado toast will most definitely look stun-ning in your Instagrams.
Pretty in Pastel
Nothing screams spring (or whispers, rather… in a French accent) better than muted pastels. Hosting a Mother’s Day brunch? Might we suggest some cornflower blue earthenware, which will make fast friends with the gorgeous bubbling orange of a mimosa bar? And forget what you know about Cadbury eggs and wicker baskets (though they do hold a nostalgic place in our hearts). A chic set of kiln-fired mugs in shiny robin’s egg blue, or a matte take on everyone’s springtime favorite – lemonade – says cheerful, but not cheesy.
Best part of all of these pieces? Not only do they bring in a muted tribute to the season, but they are all perfectly apropos for everyday use. No special occasion required.
White wine before noon? Why not. What might have been known as “day drinking” during your college days becomes an elevated take on beverage consumption when enforced alongside a family holiday (or maybe just a fine afternoon). Pair that wine with a gorgeous goblet in the palest hues of pink, yellow, blue or green, and you’ve got yourself the perfect highlight to a light, bright, and festive spring table.
With multiple brilliantly faceted cuts and tints, each glass captures and refracts light, casting beautiful color onto any tabletop.
Whether you’re hosting for twelve or dining à deux, with these spring tabletop tips, you’re in tip top shape for a celebration that no one will forget. Plus, you’ll get some gorgeous photos out of it, in that golden hour springtime sun, with any luck. For more in springtime coverage, check out our designers’ spring trend predictions.