We know — it still looks like winter outside. Will Spring ever get here? While we’re waiting for the sunshine to come back, we’ve started planning for Spring party season.
We talked to styling and entertaining expert Camille Styles to get the scoop on how to get our tabletops ready for Spring. Read on to get her top tips!
Keep it simple. “Sometimes simple is best. Set the table with a few pretty items, but don’t clutter it up with an abundance of candles or tchotchkes. A little restraint feels fresh and modern.”
Choose a menu that shows off nature’s beauty. “Spring menus are all about letting bright produce be the star of the show. I throw peas, asparagus and artichoke hearts into spring pasta dishes and frittatas, serve shortcakes piled high with sweetened berries and garnish cocktails with the fresh mint that’s starting to go wild in my herb garden.”
Take advantage of seasonal florals. “I love using a huge bunch of cherry blossom branches, grouped into an oversized glass jug to place on the center of my dining table. It’s the most dramatic centerpiece I have on my table all year and it’s also the simplest to arrange.”
Use natural materials. “Lightweight linen runners add a touch of polish, but still let the beautiful edges of a wood table show.”
Don’t let your fine china go to waste. “Don’t wait for a “special occasion” to break out your best things! I use linen napkins on the table almost every night, even if it’s just my husband and me, and it makes every night feel special. Life’s too short not to enjoy your favorite things on a daily basis!”
Make everything pretty — even the water! “For a dinner party, I infuse water with herbs and citrus slices— it looks beautiful on the table and tastes so refreshing.”
Use one unexpected element. “I love to bring a touch of the outdoors in by adorning each place setting with one surprising natural element like an herb sprig, seed pods or even an edible like a fresh radish or baby artichoke. Just place on top of each napkin and tuck the place card underneath for a gorgeous presentation.”