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.

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