This past weekend I held what ended up being a somewhat impromptu casual Easter brunch. When hosting a holiday, a birthday party or other gathering, I always like to make my dining table look a little special. However, you do not need to do much or invest a lot of money to give your table that special touch.
I usually have some type of small everyday centerpiece on my dining room table that reflects the current season. So for the week before Easter, my dining room table had a burlap table runner with small stamped bunnies with white pom pom tails that I had picked up in the dollar section at Target. The table had also displayed a floral topiary I had also found at Target as well as a bunny decoration that had been a hand-me-down from my mom. I have found that Target is a great resource for cute and inexpensive seasonal decorations. Make sure to check out the dollar section when you first enter the store. They often have a lot of seasonal decorations including fun lanterns, pillows, cake stands and other items most of which are usually three dollars. The home goods area also has great items but they are more expensive and if you really just want a holiday touch, I have found those three dollar items fit the bill.
When I was at Target I also picked up a new tablecloth in a pretty aqua color. I never like to spend a lot on table linens because by their very nature they are going to get dirty. I do not want to worry that some one is going to make a mess on an expensive tablecloth or place mat. It kind of takes the fun out of hosting a dinner party and entertaining guests. My favorite places to find table linens are Target and Cost Plus World Market. I also regularly check out Crate and Barrel, especially toward the end of the seasons when they discount some of the more seasonal linens. Also, here’s a secret, I absolutely hate to iron so I try to find tablecloths that are not 100% cotton and if I do a quick spin in the dryer, most of the wrinkles will just fall out (looking at the pictures above, I obviously did not get a chance to throw my tablecloth in the dryer, oops).
For my aqua tablecloth, I picked up some pink paper napkins with white polka dots on one side and stripes on the other side. We then added our everyday white plates and silverware to the table. White plates are a great item to have if you do not have them. I love dishes, but I always use my white plates as a base. I have other smaller plates that have patterns or designs that I use on other occasions as dessert or salad plates. However, the white plates allow me to mix and match any other dishware into my table design. I also have pink glasses that we use every day (I bought them several years ago because they made me happy) but they fit with our theme for the day, so we used them as water or juice glasses.
I was very pleased with the way the table turned out. I think any table can be made to feel festive with just a few touches, and it will make your party feel special. –June