If there’s anything we’ve learned from the past year, it’s that the desire to eat well and make an occasion of it never really leaves us. We’ve experienced virtual dinners, dinners sent by post, online classes to improve our cooking skills and recreated the restaurant experience at home.
That’s why, for many of us, Easter is a great opportunity to show off our new skills and creations in the kitchen. Whether it’s a laidback affair for two or a family occasion to celebrate having six people in our gardens , it’s the perfect time to set the table with a little creative flair to enjoy time spent together with the promise of warmer months ahead.
Tablescaping is a term that’s been doing the rounds for a few years now and you’ll likely have spotted lots of creators and designers making beautiful focal pieces of their dining tables when the occasion calls for it. The term refers to the art of setting the table in a creative and artful way – whether it plays to a specific theme, event or decorative style. While tableware is key it can be useful to think beyond this, dressing with seasonal blooms picked from the garden or transforming the setting with a lovely linen tablecloth.
There really are no rules when it comes to creating your own tablescape as it’s a completely personal experience to be enjoyed with loved ones, but a starting point for a little inspiration can include mixing and matching your tableware. This is something we’ve seen lots of in the past year and makes for a great compromise in households with varying tastes. You can mix and match neutrals and brights, or if you’re feeling a little braver choose clashing colours and patterns held together by simple glassware and cutlery.
If freshly picked flowers won’t work for your tablescape (bright pollen stains on your best white linen has a way of upsetting the mood), scatter some dried flowers on the table or place a large bouquet as a centrepiece. For a lovely touch place a single stem on each place setting to delight your guests when they sit down.
If you’ll be dining al fresco with guests this Easter, our decorative tableware collection which is handmade in Granada is bursting with colour and instantly makes us dream of sun-drenched meals on our travels. The patterned jugs are happily waiting to be filled with Sangria and the collection boasts a combination of red, blue and green designs which can easily be mixed together for a lovely, bright table-top display.
Candles, vases and serveware complete the setting. We love gold or wooden serveware for a point of difference from the usual silver. Tall colourful dinner candles add a hint of luxury to any occasion, and a scattering of small vases filled with posies adds to that Spring aesthetic.
How will you be creating a tablescape for your Easter meal? We’d love to hear!