How to Create a Magical Easter Tablescape
Create a feast for the eyes – and the belly – out of this year’s Easter spread with tablescape ideas guaranteed to impress, no matter who turns up at your table
If there’s one occasion that really allows you to lean into all the fun and theatre of tablescaping, it’s Easter. Synonymous with pastel-coloured eggs, freshly cut spring blooms and bright, floral prints, there are plenty of simple ways to create a spectacularly whimsical backdrop to this year’s feast. To spark your imagination, Liberty shares a whole host of Easter table ideas – as approved by the Easter Bunny. Sort of.
Lay the Foundations
To tablecloth or not to tablecloth, that is the question. While solid wood tabletops create a suitably raw and rustic backdrop for the more whimsical tableware on top, bold printed tablecloths can turn fairly simplistic tablescapes into real spectacles. And note: there’s no such thing as ‘too busy’. Go big on detailed prints by layering matching napkins on top: after all, it's a time for fun. Your Easter table should have a nostalgic quality, reminiscent of the days when you would find a chocolate egg in place of your golden yolk.
Set the Stage
When crafting a tablescape, it makes sense to start at the centre and work outwards. Tall items, like flower-filled vases or colourful dinner candles, make for the perfect Easter table centrepiece. Lining the items along the length of the table, rather than in clusters, will look more considered and elegant, but there’s still fun to be had by alternating heights. A mixture of mismatched candle holders will provide higher level interest, while small vessels chock-full of tulips will draw the eye down towards the table – and the soon-to-be-served feast. One rule for the table where anything goes? Keep accessories low so you can see your guests and don’t be afraid to go maximalist.
Add the Essentials
Theatrical though it should be, some element of practicality is required when it comes to setting the Easter table, so be sure to leave ample space for the mealtime fundamentals like plates, glasses and cutlery. East is not a time to be precious about matching - create each table setting using an eclectic mix of tableware provides guests more to look at – and talk about. Maintain a common thread throughout your tablescape to make it feel all the more considered by keeping a concise colour scheme in mind and select items with coordinating motifs, like repeated florals or stripes.
Finish with a Flourish
Essentials covered, the real magic is to be found in the finer details. Big gaps are easily filled with oversized bowls, dishes and platters of all different colours, shapes and prints, either for serving food, or simply for added decoration. In addition to a serving bowl full to the brim of beautiful hen and duck laid eggs, we like to include smaller dishes around the table to fill with chocolate treats - after all, that's what Easter is really about. Ensuring every guest has their own personal egg cup adds to the theme; and few are quite as quaint as the hand-painted offering from Vaisselle.