HOW TO: Set the scene with an Easter tablescape

This month, YOU’s Interiors Coordinator Charlotte Page (@stylingyourhome) shows you how to create and style a fun, colourful Easter tablescape in three simple steps.

With many of us gearing up for a four day weekend and lockdown restrictions easing across the UK, what better time to celebrate with our loved ones outdoors than with a cheerful Easter tablescape. Entertaining doesn’t have to be taxing, especially this time of year when you can make use of the great outdoors. Take note of these three simple steps so you have more time to focus on enjoying all those egg-citing chocolate treats.

Styling Jessica Hanson, Photography Alana Landsberry for Bedthreads.com – head over to their website for all your tableware needs! 

Set the tone

Springtime is flourishing and with it comes an abundance of colour. This year we certainly need some uplifting, bright and striking shades to make our table pop. My simple trick is to start with flowers. Pull together some springtime classics, this could be the distinct, azure blue of Scilla or the trusty yellow daffodil that’s been brightening up our daily walks of late. A flamingo-pink freesia or the spectacular canary-yellow blooms of the Mimosa tree.

Louisa Preskett-Mobbs, creative director of Maison Margaux (a luxury British homeware store selling unique tabletop pieces) says, ‘Florists provide wonderful inspiration on their social channels if you’re in need of help, and taking a walk around the garden or your local park is a great place to get ideas for what’s in season and for the right colour theme. The rest of the table pieces can then all link to the flowers and create harmony on your table’.

Once you’re happy with your selection, a great way to show them off is to gather up a collection of glass vessels, you can use vases or recycle jam jars and bottles for this and lay them out along the length of the table. I welcome mismatched sizes, heights and shapes, this way every guest gets to enjoy the injection of colour and scents of spring.

This will set the overall tone and you can now start to use those colours as inspiration for the rest of the tablescape.

Tip: For fantastic floral inspiration my go-to’s are Pesh Flowers, Freddie’s Flowers and Scarlet & Violet.

Anna + Nina

Multi-level layering

Let’s steer away from one specific centrepiece and add visual interest by multi-level layering. Now we have the colour palette and mismatched flowers figured out, we can really start to play around, style it up and decorate ready for an assortment of cakes, chocolate and… more chocolate.

Louisa says, ‘At Maison Margaux, we love starting with a bold and colourful tablecloth with plenty of pattern, it’s the perfect backdrop to the table. Along with the flowers, the colours set the direction for plates, tumblers, candles, napkins and other accessories. We then have three layers, either a placemat or charger plate, the main dinner plate and a top salad/dessert plate which means the look of the table keeps evolving as the meal progresses’.

Now let’s surround our place settings with cake stands, chopping boards and bowls of all sizes. By using different heights across the table you will create a visual treat, just like how you might layer your bed linen, throws and decorative cushions – the concept is the same. With all the vibrant colours, patterns and accessories combined together, et voila; a tablescape is born.

Photographer Emma Lewis / Stylist Caroline Davis for Thesette.com

Egg-cellent accessories

For your Easter tabletop let’s inject a little fun by accessorising. Some of our favourite homeware brands have been getting in on the Easter action, from H&M Home with the perfect DIY napkin trick using a hard-boiled egg, a crisp white napkin and some jute string, to John Lewis who has got all of your decorative accessories covered.

Pop a small chick, egg or basket decoration on each plate to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces. Another way to bring cheer to the seasonal table is the knitted-bunny-egg cosies from The White Company. Handmade in Nepal with 100% wool, they are the perfect accessory that will fit wonderfully snug over a hard-boiled egg.

The White Company

Now you’re all set and ready to go, please do tag @youmagazine / @stylingyourhome in your Easter Tablescape – we love seeing your creations come to life!