Easy and cheap ideas for putting together a beautiful spring tablescape (on a budget) for at home entertaining!
With just over a month left in Spring, I wanted to share with you all some easy and cheap ideas for throwing together a beautiful, spring table setting. You can wow your friends and family for all of your end of spring gatherings by curating a simple and gorgeous place for them to eat.
Table settings are such a fun way to make your guests feel special when you welcome them over for a meal. It just makes it look like you care a lot about them coming over and you put thought into it.
Spring and summer seem like the best time for spur-of-the-moment gatherings and easy get togethers.
Sometimes putting together a table setting for these can feel stressful, but it doesn’t have to! Use the tips below to take the stress away and easily throw together an inexpensive, simple, and beautiful table setting for spring.
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How to Style a Spring Tablescape
Bring the outdoors in
Using what you can find outside to decorate your spring tablescape is not only cheap, its beautiful! Whatever you can get your hands on from nature can be an easy way to add some ‘spring’ feel to your table.
I was gifted this daisy plant for Mother’s Day and I loved using it for my spring tablescape. I’ve also used a fresh bouquet that I got on discount at our local grocery store and lilac blooms from our bush, all this spring. I like changing it up;)
Try snipping branches from a blooming tree or gather fresh wildflowers to put in a vase. Even though a natural centerpiece is the first thing that comes to mind, you can also add a small, cut flower to each plate or even fresh berries. Think outside of the box!
Add floral patterns
Floral patterns are a perfect way to make your table setting feel like spring. I added floral patterned plates to my table.
You could also stick with neutral plates and do a floral napkin, floral flower vase, floral table runner (I did this with one of my other table settings this spring) place settings on floral cardstock, etc.
Spring is the time when everything is blooming, and you want your table setting to represent that. Its a refresh from the cold days of winter and the perfect opportunity to play with florals without your table or decor feeling too feminine.
Keep it simple
One of the best ways to make your guests feel comfortable at your home is to keep things simple. Don’t go too overboard on your table setting, or make it too ‘stiff’.
Of course there is a time and a place for a more proper and curated table setting. If you are just wanting to be better at entertaining at home though and making your table beautiful but practical, keep things simple.
Don’t add too much decor, just let the patterns and fresh greenery speak for themselves. I like to keep a few staples on hand that I can use in any kind of table setting because they’re neutral and simple.
These jute-style, round placemats are great for using in any kind of table setting but not feeling over the top or stiff. I didn’t add napkins to the table or place settings to keep it simple as well.
Use what you already have
An easy way to keep your tablescape in your budget is to use what you already have and to ‘shop your home’. You may think you have absolutely nothing to decorate with, but you do! Pull vases from different areas of your home and add fresh fruit from the fridge as plate toppers.
As you have more gatherings and get into a rhythm of entertaining, you can start to take note of things you would like to look for and collect. Whenever friends or family decide to get rid of household goodies I am so thankful they ask around first to see if anyone wants them.
The plates shown in the photos were a hand-me-down from my mom. I love the floral patterns for spring! I don’t like to collect too much stuff, but if I know I love something and I think I’ll use it (even if its just seasonal), then I’ll keep it.
You can keep a running list of things you’d like to look for for your tablescapes at garage sells or thrift stores. Be sure to keep another list of things you are set on buying new that you can start saving up for.
The only thing I bought ‘new’ for this table setting were the green cups, which I picked up at Target for $1 each. I love that they’re plastic, which is nice with all of the kiddos in our family, and the bright green is fun but I think will still go well in other seasons too. For the most part though, I like to use what I have and pull things from other areas of our home.
What’s in My Spring Tablescape?
- simple, daisy centerpiece (gifted)
- floral patterned plates (hand-me-downs)
- neutral, jute place mats (Tuesday Mornings)
- vintage cutlery (garage sale)
- green, plastic cups (Target)
I hope you feel confident enough now to put together a beautiful spring tablescape and invite your friends and family over for a few gatherings in these last few weeks of spring. Happy homemaking friends!
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