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Monday, March 25, 2024

Styling the Easter Table With a Spring Garden Theme

Hello, hello, hello! I'm doing much better. Thank you for all of the kind words last week.

Over the weekend I began to get the Easter dinner table pulled together. I'm going with a spring garden theme this year. We will be 6 for Easter dinner and will be dining indoors. This is what I've come up with so far.

The tablecloth is a tan twill fabric, which makes it look less dressy, I think. The floral table square is placed on a diagonal under straw placemats. The placemats make me think of wicker baskets and straw hats.

I'm using the sage green napkins that we generally use in the kitchen at Christmastime. My mother gave me a booklet on folding napkins when I was about 20. In that booklet I found the instructions for this napkin fold. The booklet calls them pinwheels, but I think they look a bit like flowers, rosettes. I'll add the instructions at the bottom of this post for anyone interested. 

These were fairly easy to fold. If my napkin fabric had been stiffer (or I was using paper napkins), the folding and securing would have been even easier. 

This napkin fold calls for a napkin clip. Lacking napkin clips, I chose to tie raffia bows to hold the folds together. 

After trimming the raffia ends, I tucked an artificial flower into the folds under the raffia bow. To use the napkin at dinnertime, the raffia bow will simply untie and allow the napkin to open up fully. 

Napkin folds are a free and beautiful way to delight dinner guests. If you can't find a book on napkin folds at your library, there are tutorials for various folding designs online.

The centerpiece, so far, is this moss, ivy, and floral basket with a bird's nest that I made in 2013.

I have a large box of faux florals that I picked up from a free pile in 2018 or 2019. I came across 2 strings of floral garlands in the box and 2 rolls of boxwood leaf strings. I will be trying both out around the large window in the dining room and/or to add some garden-ness to the hanging chandelier above the table.

I scrubbed 4 clay pots to use in decor, as well. You can serve food in clay pots if the insides are lined with plastic wrap or waxed paper. I may use one of these on the table to hold dinner rolls and another to hold crudités.

That's where I am in styling the Easter dinner table so far.

Here are the napkin folds to make pinwheels (or rosettes, as they look to me):

Step 3 is where I used a raffia bow in place of the called-for napkin clip. I made the bow after pleating the napkin, holding the stack of folds together, and before fanning out the pleats.

I make these types of efforts because they please me. I expect the men at the table will be politely appreciative, but the ladies will find beauty in something like a napkin that looks like a flower.

I'll share more of my Easter plans as the week progresses.


  1. I'm glad that you're feeling better. It looks like you're having fun using your creativity getting ready for Easter. I like the garden theme, and it could be used other times of the year, also.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn.
      I think you're right. A garden theme would also work well for birthdays, bridal showers and Mother's Day.
      I hope your week is off to a great start!

  2. I like what you have done. We are entering into a very busy season of our life but we're still going to have a small Easter dinner. MIL now lives in a memory care unit and we feel she is too unstable to mingle outside the locked doors of her facility so she is not going to come over. Dad is invited and my two older kids so just 5 of us. Next week we'll travel to see our youngest who is now 6 months pregnant and doing well after a lot of trouble even from a couple weeks ago. Then some baby showers for my daughter and my niece who is two weeks apart from my daughter.

    1. Hi Alice,
      Thank you.
      Your life does indeed sound very busy right now, and exciting! I'm sorry MIL can't be able to join you for these events, but that may be for the best. Wishing the 5 of you a joyful Easter dinner.

      I will pray for your daughter to have an uneventful remainder of her pregnancy. Just 3 months to go, Grandma-to-be! That's so fun that your daughter and niece's due dates are so close together. Their kids will have a lot of fun at family reunions.

  3. Very pretty! I think a lot of your enjoyment of holidays is the preparation/decoration aspect. :)

    1. Hi Kris,
      I think you're right. I get a lot of joy preparing for our families celebrations.
      Will your son be coming home from college for the Easter weekend?

    2. No, he's too far away, and he has to work this weekend. He already had his spring break a few weeks ago. My daughter's break is next week so we're going up for a few days to visit him (he doesn't have classes on Tuesday, so it works out). Thanks for asking!

    3. Well I'm glad your family will be together for a few days next week. Enjoy your visit.

  4. Your table looks so fun. It’s the attention to detail that makes life interesting. I love creating beautiful spaces, too!

    1. Thank you, Ruthie!
      I think you're right about that. Those details do add to our daily lives. I believe it's a simplistic attempt at imitating our Creator. His attention to detail has made the world we live in breathtakingly beautiful, energizing, and engaging.

      Have a lovely rest of your day and evening.


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