Whether you’re planning a small affair thanks to pandemic restrictions or are able to welcome your family and friends over for lunch, Easter is a chance to indulge in a little celebration – much-deserved, we think you’ll agree. Lift your own and your guests’ spirits with a beautifully set table to complement a springtime menu and you’re onto a winner. And who better to advise on the styling than the doyenne of tablescaping, Laura Jackson?
‘Layering is the ultimate hack to spruce up your dinner table and add different textures and a splash of colour,’ says Laura, who recommends pairing a patterned tablecloth with simple napkins for contrast. Try matching our Easter bunny tablecloth with white ruffled napkins or plain linen ones for a playful yet chic base, then build up the look with our new Ida coasters, a modern take on spring florals. For a pastoral twist on the theme, a tablecloth printed with farm animals strikes just the right homely note when paired with our fluted-edge, yellow flan dish and matching amber glasses.
Cut flowers always bring a table to life and you needn’t splash out on impressive bouquets to make a difference. We love using small bunches of seasonal blooms like daffodils, lilac or anemones, dotted along the table in colourful glass bud vases. They look especially inviting next to a hobnail jug in a pastel tone, full of your favourite springtime cocktail.
Feel free to be inspired by your menu, as well as the time of year. ‘I always let the food dictate the tablescape and so if I am cooking a certain style of food I’ll try to interpret that in the tablescape theme and colourways,’ says Laura. ‘For example, if you’re cooking a roast lamb for Easter Sunday, you could place a spring of fresh rosemary on a napkin, or sprinkled around the table.’ Any Easter lunch that includes fresh, seasonal produce would look amazing alongside our vegetable cutlery rests, while no Sunday brunch should be without The Sette’s famous bread roll, croissant and baguette porcelain boxes nestled in the pastry basket. Why not try hiding a few chocolates inside each for a grown-up version of an Easter egg hunt?
Lighting is an essential part of any tablescape, helping to set the mood and create an atmosphere. Our dinner candles are handmade the traditional way on a working farm in north Cornwall by the St Eval Candle Company and make perfect partners for our ceramic, fluted-edge candlesticks. The ideal height for a dining table, they’ll look impressive while ensuring everyone can still see each other.
Finally, remember that the best tables are always tailored to the most important component of any celebration: the guests. ‘My favourite part of tablescaping is getting creative with personal finishing touches,’ says Laura. Try using velvet ribbons (choose each of your guests’ favourite colours) instead of napkin rings, or tie hand-made place cards to the stems of crystal champagne coupes for a quirky riff on the traditional placement. Pick your party playlist carefully and skip anything too loud or too fast, which will drown out conversation, sticking instead to mellow tunes in the background. If you’re in need of inspiration, try Anna Polonsky’s recommendations. Above all, try not to stress too much about aiming for perfection – if you enjoy yourself, we guarantee your guests will too!