I am so happy to be back at City Farmhouse today sharing a sweet spring post with you. My name is Alicia, and I blog alongside my husband, Nick, at A Burst of Beautiful. If you aren’t familiar with our blog you may remember we visited Jen last year to share our Cozy Neutral Farmhouse Tour with you. Looking back at that post today, I can’t believe how many changes our home has undergone since then. It doesn’t even look like the same house, what do you think (you can take a peek at our latest home tour here: kitchen, mudroom, living room and dining room)?
As you can see we have eagerly embraced the spring season in our home, so today I thought it would be fun to share a sweet and simple spring tablescape with you.
We tend to entertain more during the warmer months and look forward to hosting family and friends at our home for time spent outside in the sunshine and relaxed family-style dinners. And whether we are hosting a big group or a quiet dinner for four, I always put just as much thought and time into setting a pretty table for our guests.
I recently shared this elegant pink and gold tablescape, which was so fun to create, but I wanted to also show that you don’t always have to create an elaborate centerpiece or spend a lot of money to create an inviting space for your guests to enjoy.
Take this table, for example, a bouquet of grocery store tulips was the only item I had to purchase, and all for only a few dollars. Once the warm weather arrives (and decides to stick around) you can simply pick fresh flowers from your own garden for a pretty little touch.
As usual, I start by setting my table with a simple white runner. I always receive a lot of questions about this particular runner, as our readers often admit they have a hard time finding table runners that are long enough. I’ll let you in on a little secret – this table runner isn’t even a runner at all, it’s actually an Ikea curtain panel. It is one of my favorite tricks, I simply fold it in thirds so that it is the right width for our table. It’s an inexpensive option and I love that it is long enough to slightly drape over the ends of our table.
Next, I turned to my tried-and-true white dishware. I can’t say enough about owning a beautiful set of white dishes. Again it doesn’t have to be an expensive purchase, simply search for a set with a pretty detail like this beaded texture for some added character. White dishes are a beautiful and classic choice, no matter what your style is, and don’t forget you can always dress them up with accent dishes in colorful hues or whimsical patterns.
I set each place setting on one of these round woven placemats, which I think add a beautifully subtle texture to our table.
Finally, I filled three vintage milk bottles with light pink tulips and placed them along the center of our table. The vintage bottles add a sweet touch, instead of using plain glass vases, and if you’re lucky, they might even add an interesting story to your dinner conversation. My point is to think outside of the box, adding thrift store or flea market finds in usual ways is always a good idea!
This was such an easy and inexpensive table to set, but I think the finished result is an understated and sweet look, just right for spring.
I hope you enjoyed our post today and we would love for you to stop by and visit us anytime!