Your Way to a Charming Spring Tablescape

Your way to a charming spring tablescape
Table setting outdoors – Your way to a Charming Spring Tablescape

There is a certain vibrance, a feeling of invigoration that comes with the dawn of every Spring.  The notion of light stretching far into the evenings, outdoor dinner parties, the sweet scent of new blooms and of course, the lovely warm weather.

We are a country that loves the outdoors, our homes well-suited to indoor/outdoor living and geared for hosting – South Africans are consummate hosts.

It’s well-fitting that Heritage Day falls during the Spring, since at the crux of every culture (and we have an absolute wealth of diversity and culture) is the social aspect of celebration; and what is more synonymous with spring than celebration?

This month we’re offering some tips for a Spring get-together. Whether it’s an energetic Heritage Day celebration or an intimate Spring Dinner affair, we’ve got some well-considered seasonally-inspired pointers to guide you on your way to a charming Spring Tablescape with just the right ambience.

Close up of outdoor table setting
Close up of outdoor table setting

1. Dressing the Table

The very essence of Spring suggests ornamentation – that’s why table runners or a table runner are essential for making the setting seem light and airy.

You can’t beat a crisp white tablecloth in a formal dining room. On the other hand, for a more casual gathering, there are options for a more relaxed setting(such as outdoors), and the opportunity to style with more whimsical and decorative linens. Printed tablecloths are back in vogue, and some checked or embroidered table linens may not be out of place this season.

If you’re looking to keep your table minimal, then linen may add a touch of subtle sophistication.

2. Florals for Spring – Groundbreaking

What would Spring be without beautiful florals? Adorn your table with freshly cut blooms in vibrant colours.

Whether you are keeping it simple with wildflowers and casual placements, or whether you’re going full tilt with gloriously detailed arrangements, the presence of flowers and greenery will give your tablescape instant appeal.

Pincushion proteas, ranunculus, sweetpeas, freesias and fresh roses are all perfect Spring flowers. Bulb flowers such as tulips and daffodils are also lively additions.

If leaning towards florals of the dry variety, then dried hydrangeas in vibrant tones could also add a certain zest to your decor.

And, what are floral arrangements without a vase? We suggest Schott Zwiesel’s Water and Signum Collections for premium crystal in a multitude of wonderous shades and finishes – the best way to play with light and colour at your table.

Vases in green and brown tones with flowers on the right
Vases in green and brown tones with flowers on the right

3. Centerpiece Delight

The centrepiece is the focal point of your Spring tablescape. Get creative by incorporating elements that speak to the season:

Floral Fantasy: Arrange a mix of fresh spring flowers in a variety of vases, jars, or even teacups for an eclectic look.

Garden-Inspired Greens: If you prefer a more understated look, opt for a lush display of potted plants, succulents, or even a mini herb garden as your centrepiece.

Elevated Elegance: For a touch of sophistication, consider using tall, slender vases with long-stemmed flowers like calla lilies or delphiniums.

4. Add Some Seasonal Fruit

Fruit makes a beautiful addition to the table, whether it’s part of the decor, a drink garnish, or part of the meal.

Think fresh strawberries and bright lemons and oranges. Oranges and lemons with their leaves at-tached serve as fantastic centrepieces.

If you’d prefer not to add them to the table setting, then incorporate them into your dessert! Nothing says ‘rebirth’ and freshness quite like the combination of sumptuous fruits and brightly coloured flo-rals.

Fruit and bread on a wooden board
Fruit and bread on a wooden board

5. Bring in Natural and Organic Elements

Give a little nod to Mother Nature herself, with the addition of some natural and organic elements to your tablescape.

Wooden platters, and types of stone or earthen or ceramic finishes all allude to the great outdoors.

The Playground Stone and Terracotta Collections will add texture and warmth to your decor, along with Craster’s wonderful tabletop plinths in wooden finishes.

Echo the outdoors with aida Raw’s teak serving boards for presenting delicious platters, or infuse points of visual contrast with Playground’s Material Mix selection. The options are endless.

6. Colour Palettes

Embrace the beauty of nature’s palette by incorporating soft, pastel shades reminiscent of blooming flowers. This year, consider exploring a blend of blush pinks, minty greens, buttery yellows, and sky blues. These colours not only evoke the essence of Spring but also create a serene and welcoming atmosphere.

7. Charming Tableware

Selecting the right tableware is important to the central aesthetic of your table.

Playful Plates: Choose plates with delicate floral patterns or pastel hues. Mix and match for a re-laxed and charming atmosphere. Try the United Tables Florina or Greta Collections for beautiful pat-terns and playful form.

People raising glasses to toast
People raising glasses to toast

Elegant Glassware: Crystal or tinted glassware can add a touch of polish. Consider coloured glassware that complements your colour palette. Add Zwiesel’s simple Journey collection for under-stated elegance, or the United Table’s Archie Collection for fresh colours and delicate fluting.

Chic Cutlery: Opt for elegant flatware in silver or gold tones to elevate the overall look. WMF have a fantastic assortment of premium cutlery collections to choose from. Match your cutlery selection per-fectly to the general aura of your function.

8. Whimsical Accents

Small details can make a big impact. Add small personal touches for a truly memorable experience.

Napkin Art: Fold your cloth napkins into decorative shapes or secure them with napkin rings adorned with spring motifs like butterflies or blossoms.

Name Cards: Create personalized name cards using small potted plants or paper cutouts of flowers.

Candle Glow: Add a warm ambience with scented candles in Spring-inspired scents like lavender or citrus.

9. Finishing Touches

Complete your spring tablescape with thoughtful finishing touches:

Music and Fragrance: Enhance the sensory experience with soft, uplifting music and fresh Spring scents.

Natural Elements: Consider incorporating natural elements like wooden trays, woven baskets, or even a small fountain for a touch of tranquillity.

Styling a Spring tablescape in 2023 is all about embracing the season’s beauty.

With a thoughtfully chosen colour palette, floral arrangements, charming tableware, and whimsical accents, you can create a captivating scene for all to enjoy.

Whether it’s a casual brunch or a formal dinner, your guests will be enchanted by the delightful am-bience you’ve curated. Let your creativity bloom and transform your dining space into a welcoming haven.

Creating the Perfect August Ambience

Creating the Perfect August Ambience

Think back to your most memorable dining experience. An immersive dinner with just the right table settings, a hotel with the most exceptional crockery, perhaps a bar with featherlight glasses, the ones that made an impression almost as significant as the velvety texture of the Cabernet.

Maybe you found the cutlery on your flight to be exceptionally refined or the table settings at your most recent dinner party to be particularly opulent.

It’s a particular feeling, something profoundly intangible and difficult to describe. The very essence of a place or moment in time.

That is exactly where Ambience Hospitality comes in. It’s not only who we are, but rather the atmospheric quality that we CREATE.

Looking for the right tableware for your 5-star hotel? Perhaps the right glassware for your boutique guesthouse? Are you catering an extravagant event at home that needs something bespoke and brilliant to set the tone?

We consult with our clients to find the perfect match for any setting. We combine premium products with unparalleled value to offer you the ideal hospitality solution – tailoured to your needs.

This month we’ll be breaking down some essential ingredients that will help to achieve the perfect August Ambience.

1. Buffet Secrets

Form follows Function (quite literally) – Let’s Break Down some Trade Secrets to an Ambient Buffet

Although we love a bit of extravagance and some visual splendour, we’re also concerned with combining this with fun. No ambience is achieved without perfect planning and the correct tools for the job.

We strive to make your buffet experience as seamless and functional as possible – with the bonus of elegance, of course.

A perfect example of this is Schonwald’s Buffet Heroes Range. With its wide variety of pieces, Schonwald caters to traditional stationary buffets, extravagant creative landscapes, and everything in between. They create sophisticated buffetware and tabletop serving solutions for any scenario.

Explore our range. Set up a consultation with one of our specialist team members, to guide you on your journey in creating a tailor-made/bespoke look and feel for your buffet setting.

Buffet Heroes Range

2. Achieving the Perfect August Tablescape

Notes on the Season – Our Suggestions for Perfect Plating

It’s that time of year. The chill is still in the air and the August wind is howling at the door.

A crackling fire is still very welcome, and our menus are centered on ‘comfort food’.

Comfort food means similarly comforting tableware. Usually in sumptuous dark tones that bring out the colours in your plating, and accentuate your Wintery-themed decor.

Ambience Hospitality brings you three deliciously decadent tableware options to up the August Ambience.

comforting tableware

Playground Carved

Add some texture to your display with Playground’s Carved range. Dark tones and subtle indentations on the tableware give visual interest and an aura of authenticity.

United Tables Nivo Mokka

Glinting with personality, these unique tableware designs will boost any sort of Winter plating. The rich colour and mysterious surface of the plates provide a wonderous Winter ambiance to any tablescape.

Aida Metalic Brown and Midnight Blue Stoneware

Serve up a storm with these beautiful stoneware ranges from aida. Danish design at its best. Choose deep Midnight Blue tones or a Metallic Brown for perfect plating.

The Other side of The Coin

While we love anything avante-garde, we’re aware that some clients are looking for something simple, elegant, and classic. The hospitality sector is marked by certain conventions, and we are here to provide whatever you may require.

Sometimes it’s important to tone down the decor and let the food steal the show.

While colour and texture are often key, there is also much to be said for understated sophistication, and the Bauscher Dimension range demonstrates just this.

Dimension is a highly versatile collection, specifically tailoured for highly demanding applications.

The simple form of the server ware and simplicity and high functionality are beneficial to any setting.

Striking handles and softly curved plates give this collection a modern, yet superior feel.

Add this range for some August ambience, and enjoy the fruits of seamless hospitality design.

3. The Perfect Setting is Nothing without the Right Glassware

Up and Coming – Our Seasonal Feature

We’ve covered the plating, but glassware is just as important for some overall sensory grandeur.
We’re excited to announce that Zwiesel Glas is adding yet another range to its already flawless repertoire.

Make way for FUSION. Invest in innovation, accompanied by the perfect wine glasses – a collection where two worlds meet.

Combine performance with elegance and allow each unique flavour to unfold in the machine-made bowls, juxtaposed with the organic nature of the handmade stem.

The mixture of the two allows for an organic and authentic feel – making the tasting experience all the more pleasurable. A wafer-thin glass and delicate bowl.

A beautiful fusion between traditional craftsmanship with state-of-the-art machine precision.

the perfect wine glasses

Available for purchase from September 2023.

 4. Recipes to up the Ante for August

The Winter Whiskey Sour

When the scene is set, there’s just one thing left to do – add the perfect beverage to achieve the perfect August Ambience!

When the old hot chocolate with marshmallows just won’t do. Warm up with our opulent seasonal recipe suggestion.

This is the perfect premium drink to bump up those levels of atmosphere to the next level. Best served in one of our Koziol Superglas Lowball glasses or a wonderful Schott Zwiesel Bar Special Tumbler.

The Winter Whiskey Sour

The Winter Whiskey Sour


  • crushed ice
  • 50ml bourbon of your choice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • ½ tbsp sugar syrup
  • 2 slices of oranges

To Decorate:

  • honey
  • gold edible glitter


  • STEP 1 – Using a small paintbrush (or your finger), brush some honey around the rim of two tumblers and use another small paintbrush to stick edible gold glitter around each.
  • STEP 2 – Fill each glass with crushed ice. Put the bourbon into a cocktail shaker with lemon juice, orange juice, and sugar syrup. Shake and strain into each glass, and serve with an orange slice and short straws.

Simple serve and enjoy.

Summing up the Season

For some, the end of Winter signals a happier time. Spring is on the horizon, and that means renewal.

Stay tuned for some excellent Spring-inspired recipes, tablescape ideas, and wonderful product offerings. Bid farewell to indoor dinners and say hello to dining al fresco.

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