Even though for most of us spring brings to mind lush bright colors or Easter pastels, a spring inspired table is not necessarily all about color. Too much vibrancy can distract from the food, which should take precedence at the table. Too little color can translate into an incredibly dull dining experience, no matter how delightful the food. A simple and elegant table with little pops of color is the way to go. The focus becomes the food, the people sitting next to you and the atmosphere that has been created. Here are my tips for a simple, yet elegant spring table setting:
- Begin with a crisp, heavy, white table cloth (preferably linen).
- Use all white dishes, allowing the food to be the star of the evening.
- Place settings 1” away from the edge of the table to create a uniform look.
- Place chargers or linen mats in gold or silver to create texture under each place setting.
- Go with a monochromatic floral arrangement in a white or clear vase with a little green
- Keep your floral arrangement low, as tall centerpieces obstruct views and can prohibit conversations across the table.
- Choose napkins that pick up the color of the flowers or, alternatively the greenery.
- Tie the napkins simply with a piece of twine or ribbon (like a napkin ring), tucking in a sprig of fresh herb – such as dill underneath.
- Use vintage cutlery that is polished with no water stains.
- Place a lit votive candle at every place setting (unscented as to not distract from the food).
Spring is all about renewal, new beginnings and aha moments. Creating a simple, beautiful space to enjoy time with those that you love is what it is all about. Nothing could be more important.
Saadia Sullivan is the founder of Saadia Sullivan Design and has more than a decade of interior design experience. She has worked with clients in New York City, Westchester County, New York and Southern Connecticut. Integrating her client’s lifestyle is paramount in her designs. She creates modern, yet timeless interiors with hints of glamour. For more information visit Saadia Sullivan Design.