Easter is one of my favorite days of the year. I have so many beautiful and fond memories of growing up spending our Easters on Sea Island with my grandparents. It was (and is!) the most magical place to celebrate Easter because the little seaside barrier island is bursting at the seams with spring flowers, sunshine, smells, weather, and more. Growing up, we would either attend a sunrise Church service on the beach or go to my grandparents’ church before having a decadent brunch at The Cloister. In the afternoon, we would do some activity consisting of usually beaching, exercising, or bike riding and then we’d watch The Masters if it lined up with Easter Sunday. It’s hard to dream up a better Easter! I will say that I also couldn’t love the Charleston Easters we’ve enjoyed the last handful of years since my grandparents are no longer with us.
Like Sea Island, Charleston is in full bloom during Easter so the setting is picture-perfect. Easter is the most important holiday in the Christian faith and as such, it’s a wonderful day to celebrate faith, forgiveness, and salvation. Regardless of how religious you are or not, Easter is a beautiful day to celebrate and gather with family. An Easter tablescape can set the tone of your celebration so I’m here to share easy-to-make tablescape ideas that will make your Easter weekend unforgettable. A beautiful Easter table can be formal, playful, colorful, or whatever your heart desires! Here are my tablescape ideas for Easter but I’d love to hear yours as well!
Tablescape Ideas For Easter
On the Table: Tablecloth / Placemats / Napkins / Chargers / Dinner Plates / Bread Plates (antique – similar) / Flatware (more options) / Candleholder / Rattan Bunnies / Spongeware Pitcher (antique – similar)
Pick your Color Palette
My suggestion for selecting your color palette is to pick one Easter table decor item to plan the whole spring tablescape around. The color(s) of the focal point you pick will drive your tablescape color direction. I suggest selecting a tablecloth or table runner, set of plates, or flower variant/theme to be the item you plan your table color palette around. For my table, I started planning around my mom’s green Mrs. Alice tablecloth and placemats and went from there with green as my main color. Green is so fitting for spring and Easter! I also always gravitate toward everything pastel colored during the spring so you can’t go wrong with that look.
Pick Mix Matched Spring Garden Flowers
Mixing and matching florals to create your flower arrangements is a beautiful way to set the tone of your Easter table setting. I love the idea of going for a garden party theme here if you really want to play up the flowers and make them the highlight of your Easter tablescape. Flowers generally sit at the center of the table after all so they serve as natural Easter centerpieces. My suggestion is to highlight flowers that are in season during the spring like garden roses, tulips, lilacs, daffodils, daisies, orchids, violets, peonies, pansies, azaleas, poppies, dahlias, sweet peas, zinnias, and lilies.
Head to your local grocery or flower shop and buy flowers to create your own mix and matched floral arrangements. Always remember to cut about an inch off the bottom of your floral stems when you buy fresh flowers. For my flower arrangements, I scooped up flowers from both Whole Foods and Traders Joe’s. The two are usually a winning pair when it comes to flower shopping.
Get Creative with your Place Cards
Place cards are a spot on the table where you can get creative! You can DIY your place cards, use chic Easter themed place cards, or you can add an antique touch with silver napkin rings with everyone’s names (p.s. this is a wonderful collection to start for your family!).
If you have an interest in DIYing your Easter place cards, then I have a few ideas for you: paint each guests name on Easter eggs to have at each spot at the table, use personalized Easter baskets at each place setting around the table, or create your own Easter themed watercolor place cards (psst, you can download some precious Easter bunny ones here). I used beautiful spring-y place cards that my Aunt Patty gave me! You can write guests names on them in marker and then wipe the names off after the meal. So genius and beautiful on an Easter brunch table!
Raid Your China Cupboard
Or shall I say raid your mom’s or grandma’s china cupboard? Creating a beautiful table is made even more special when it is a family affair that uses items from every generation of the family. So, I suggest leaning into the tablescape ideas of your mom, aunts, grandma’s, sister, or whoever and building a table with a combination of your items and their collections of china, silver, flatware, glasses, linens, and more. For my table, I used my mom’s Herend Rothschild Bird china, which is one of my forever favorite china patterns!
Sprinkle in Table Decor
Between your place settings and flowers, fill in your table with pretty table display items like decorative Easter eggs, chocolate Easter bunnies, candles, Herend Easter bunny figurines, or other Easter decor items like these sweet little potted cabbage plants. Natural elements like loosely picked flowers from the garden work well strewn across the table too.
Create your own Whimsical Easter Baskets
I’m so excited to fill Easter baskets for Rowan as he grows up! I love the idea of getting really creative with them and making them equivalent to a Christmas stocking but at Easter time… full of treasures, spring treats, and items that spark the imagination of littles. Easter baskets can sit pretty at your table as an easy Easter touch by placing them on everyones chair or by using mini ones as place cards. Here are a few ideas for what to put inside your Easter baskets:
For the little lady:
For the little boy:
For your mom or sister:
For your husband, dad, or brother:
Let the Food Do the Talking
If you are more at home in the kitchen than in the dining room or on the porch setting the table, then my #1 tablescape idea for you is to let the food do the talking. Let your creative juices come out through the delicious menu you create. That will surely create lasting memories for your guests. I have a roundup of delicious homemade Easter dessert recipes that is a must-read if you’re planning on baking a sweet for your Easter brunch or Easter dinner!
01Dogwood Hill Lily of the Valley Easter Brunch Invite
02Dogwood Hill Garden Tales Market Notepad
03Chefanie Bunny Basket Cocktail Napkins
04Issy Granger Pom Glass Carafe
05Mrs. Alice Gingham Ruffle Placemats and Napkins
06Penny Morrison Green Summer Flower Salad Bowl
07The Avenue Stripe Glass Goblets
08Mrs. Alice Moss Bunnies
09Caroline’s Cakes Lemon Raspberry Cake
10Estelle Colored Glass Cake Stand
11Juliska Rabbit Salt & Pepper Shakers
12Herend Blossom Bunny
13Berner & Co. Twist Candles
14The Well Appointed Home Embroidered Daisy Dinner Napkins
I love enjoying Easter at home so setting the table is a bright spot in the weekend! Setting the table is a wonderful activity to do with your family too. Your table can set the tone for your whole Easter brunch or Easter dinner. While setting the table, ask your family members about memorable Easter tables or meals from their past. I bet you will learn something new! I personally can’t wait for Easter Sunday with my family and to see some beautiful Easter tablescapes on Instagram. Last year was Rowan’s first Easter and it felt so special. I’m excited for this Easter with two little ones. Another exciting first! I hope you found my tablescape ideas for Easter helpful! xx