Creating a beautiful Easter table.

I love to set a beautiful table for Easter!
Actually, the Easter table is my favourite table setting all year. It’s much more relaxed than Christmas, the weather is lovely and you get to eat chocolate for breakfast, what’s not to love?
We usually have a family breakfast followed by an Easter egg hunt with the kids and their cousins, which runs onto lunch, then afternoon nibbles and drinks with friends. It’s so nice to set a gorgeous table to take you through the day.

I have to admit I am a bit of a sucker for a festive dinner set and when I saw this one from Villeroy & Boch I knew I had to have it.
It is the Spring Awakening collection, I fell in love with the scalloped edges and pretty floral display, we all know how much I love flowers.
I really love that because it isn’t all bunny rabbits and easter eggs it can be used it for multiple occasions throughout the year, Mother’s Day morning tea is next on the agenda.
It is festive, but versatile, while still captivating the Easter spirit.

I did a little trial run and took some photos for y’all to see what my table will look like on Easter morning, it was also a good excuse to have an Easter egg binge a few weeks early.

 I started with a crisp white tablecloth and layered it with a square of green gingham. I chose the shade of green from the dinner set, which is the hero of the table, and bought a couple of metres from my local fabric supplier. Don’t underestimate the power of a great tablecloth to pull everything together!

Decorating my table and taking pride in all the elements is important to me. I always like to include fresh flowers and I usually buy whatever is in season. Today I used pale pink roses with lilac irises, they look amazing together and really bring out the colours of the dinner set.

I also like to add a couple of elements that indicate what we are celebrating, for this Easter table I chose these dainty little bunnies, they are seriously sweet!

I also included these custom made biscuits, they are such a treat and they look incredible sitting on this beautiful footed cake stand.

I wanted to create interest at eye level as well as on the table. I decided to hang a few ceramic eggs with pretty ribbon from my pendant light that hangs over the dining table. I love the way they gently sway in the breeze bringing movement and life to the table. I also hung my sweet little vase from the pendant. Who says it has to sit on the table? I filled it with a few pink roses and it looks gorgeous swaying with the ceramic eggs.

When I buy a dinner set I like to get all the pieces, even if you don’t think you’ll use them for the meal your planning, you never know what you’ll need in the future. The extra pieces look great stacked on the table or layered underneath other plates to create height and interest.

Don’t be scared to use your dinnerware for things it may not have been intended for, I used the adorable little egg cups for a few chocolate sweets rather than boiled eggs. Don’t they look cute with the little ‘flake’ birds nest and baby candy eggs.

Do you set your table for Easter?
I hope I’ve inspired you to this year!
I’d love to see it, send me an e-mail or tag me on social media.

Happy Easter!

Hayley x

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As promised in my post – Why you NEED to invest in a white dinner set I am sharing some of my favourite table settings styled by you, my gorgeous readers and IG followers.
Have I told y’all lately how much I love it when you play along, I really do! Every time somebody tags me in a picture that was inspired by me I do a little happy dance.
You guys are the best!

Here we go!
The first one is by @fortheloveofmyhome
Mel has created a bright and colourful Easter setting with some PB bunny plates and her PB brass bunny. Check out the PB Easter range here.

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Next is this blue and white beauty from @ingridand3
She has added some shimmer to her table with her PB glass hurricane. You can find one similar here.

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Oh My @tabledecoratecelebrate has shared quite a few expertly styled table settings with us (you can enter as many times as you like).
This is one of my favourites, it features the Tava round chargers and Tava napkin rings, and also the Coastal Enamel Cutlery, I love this cutlery set, it’s a great price and it’s definitely on my wish list!

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Next up is the gorgeous Cheryl, AKA @che_crc
Cheryl couldn’t resist these Antique Silver Chargers, and who can blame her, they are showstoppers.

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Lyndsay from @homesweetrental showed true dedication to table styling.
She stayed up half the night hand dying eggs to match her beautiful new Majolica Snack Bowl Set, but boy it paid off, her table looks incredible!

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Annette of @love.to.style came home with a new set of Majolica Salad Plates.
She loves the vintage feel of them and they look stunning on her beautiful blue and white table. I think I might need these too!

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Nicole from @yardagedesign has created a colour clash that makes me week at the knees.
Big Love!
Nicole has layered the PB floral rim plates (sold out online, but Lyla is available and just as pretty) with some West Elm blue and white Collector’s Edition Dinnerware and finished it with a sweet little sea anemone she picked up from West Elm Brisbane’s latest pop up shop by @coastetc.

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Aren’t my readers so style savvy! I’m so impressed!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Why you NEED to invest in a white dinner set…

Yep, I said need … not want, not should, not would … NEED!

Lucky for you, I have found the perfect white tableware …

Introducing Leila from Pottery Barn.
Isn’t she lovely! I love her fluted edge and rustic beading. She is hand glazed which gives her a lovely handmade feel. This set is perfect for everyday use, but also charming enough for more festive or formal occasions.

Leila Dinnerware | Pottery Barn
Leila Dinnerware | Pottery Barn

A white dinner set is an absolute necessity, everyone should have one.

I feel pretty strongly about this, and I’m not only going to tell you why, I’m going to show you why. Pottery Barn have given me all the fabulous bits and pieces to style up a few different table settings to show y’all.

But firstly, here’s one of the best reasons to go white …
Food looks better on a white background, yep, it just does. So, if you’re a fabulous chef, then let your food shine on a white dinner plate. Or, if like me, you’re not the best cook, a clean white plate makes your food look so much better. #winning

White goes with everything. You can mix it with any table linen that takes your fancy, or you can layer it with accent plates, your Nanna’s vintage pieces or those super expensive plates that your still collecting, but only have 4.

It is suitable for every occasion, let me show you ….

For a dinner party.

I started with a beautiful crisp white tablecloth, then layered it with lashings of antique silver accessories, sparkling glassware and a shimmering candle votive. Finish with fresh white flowers.

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Leila dinnerware.
Leila serving bowl.
Antique silver cutlery.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Classic Belgian flax linen hemstitch napkin, set 4.
Antique silver charger.
Family and friends antique silver napkin ring.
Antique silver drink coasters, set 4.
Cafe glassware.
Alice floral cut vase.
Mercury glass votive cups.

For a casual lunch.

Leila goes casual with the addition of a fun accent plate and a rattan charger. Keep the styling simple with some fresh flowers or greenery from your garden.

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Leila dinnerware.
Leila serving bowl.
Cambria dinnerware – turquoise blue
Spring blossom salad plate.
Antique silver cutlery.
Classic belgian flax linen hemstitch napkins, set 4.
Tava round charger.
Moroccan tumblers.
Tortoiseshell glass votive (used as a vase).

For a Sunday breakfast.

We all know how much I love blue and white, and this confirms why. The Shibori table throw is the superstar here, isn’t is amazing! Here I have paired Leila with her friend Elsie, they are a match made in heaven, and perfect for casual dining.

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Leila dinnerware.
Elsie dinnerware.
Antique silver cutlery.
Antique silver drink coasters.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Shibori print table throw.
Classic belgian flax linen hemstitch napkin, set 4.
Tava round charger.
Alice floral cut vase.

A summer soiree.

Bring the outside in with flowers, fresh colours and garden creatures, seriously, how sweet is this frog jug! The coloured glassware glimmers in the sunlight, and the floral table runner screams summer in the most beautiful way.

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Leila dinnerware.
Floral rim dinner plate, set 4.
Antique silver cutlery.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Lyla butterfly runner.
Classic belgian flax linen hemstitch napkins, set 4.
Antique silver charger.
Moroccan tumblers.
Alice floral cut vase.

For a birthday party.

Leila will play nicely with any colour of the rainbow, perfect for themed birthday parties or celebrations. Here she is looking fun and festive with some turquoise plates and pops of pink.

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Leila dinnerware.
Cambria dinnerware – turquoise blue.
Antique silver cutlery.
Cafe glassware.
PB basic jug.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Tava round charger.

For a festive occasion. Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving or whatever you like to celebrate.

For my Easter table I have used Leila dinnerware as serving bowls. That’s the fabulous thing about Leila, she is happy to help out in any situation, and always looks great doing it!

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Leila dinnerware.
Floral rim dinner plate, set 4.
Antique silver cutlery.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Lyla butterfly runner.
Alice floral cut vase.

Isn’t Leila a versatile gal! She can be classy or casual, stylish or sassy and fun or fabulous.
Have I convinced you yet?
You really do NEED to invest in a white dinner set!

I’d love you to show me how you style your Pottery Barn tableware, use the hashtag #mypotterybarntable on Instagram.
I’ll share my favourites on Instagram, Facebook and here on my blog.

Get snapping friends!

Hayley x

* Everything pictured here is from Pottery Barn’s current range. If I haven’t provided a link to a product that you like, it’s probably sold out online, but may still be available in store. So here’s what you need to do – put your running shoes on and get yourself down to your local Pottery Barn, then cross your fingers they still have one left in store. If they don’t, never fear, I’m sure you’ll find something equally as gorgeous.

Table Linen, part 2.

As promised on my post about table linen on Monday, I’m continuing on with my picks of the best placemats, coasters and table runners to complete your dining table.

Obviously, you don’t need all of these elements for your table. If your using a tablecloth you don’t need a placemat, coaster or runner, but you can layer them up if you wish. It all depends on the mood your trying to create. You can keep it simple and classy or you can layer up the linens in lots of colours for a more playful occasion. I love mixing it up.

PLACEMATS

Indigo Floral table mats | Shakiraaz
Kwell Placemat in Jade | Freedom
Kwell Placemat in Jade | Freedom
Rattan Placemat, recessed brown | Alfresco Emporium
Rattan Placemat, recessed brown | Alfresco Emporium

COASTERS

Celestial Coaster set | Anthropologie
Celestial Coaster set | Anthropologie

 

Fleurette Coasters | Nouvelle Vie
Fleurette Coasters | Nouvelle Vie

 

Coaster set 4 | Ever So Woven
Coaster set 4 | Ever So Woven

 TABLE RUNNERS

Indigo Hamptons Table runner | Peacocks and Paisleys
Indigo Hamptons Table runner | Peacocks and Paisleys
Hemstitch runner, available in a variety of colours, pictured in Sea Mist |Alfresco Emporium
Hemstitch runner, available in a variety of colours, pictured in Sea Mist |                Alfresco Emporium

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Here’s a couple of tables I have set recently. I use whatever I have on hand for my table. There are no rules. I like to use table runners across the table rather than down the table to create placemats for each person. I also like to use small trays instead of placemats, it makes serving and clearing away easy too!

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As always, click on the picture to go shopping. I hope you found something you like.

Oh and one last thing, table linen can be so pretty that you probably don’t want to hide it away when it’s not in use, so don’t! I often have a pile of linen sitting on my kitchen bench, I love the pop of colour it brings.

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Happy Shopping!

Hayley x