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Curating Your Easter Al Fresco Tablescape

Give your Easter lunch a sense of occasion with a perfectly curated tablescape.

Spring has sprung and with Easter around the corner, it’s time to consider your celebrations – even if they are a little scaled back this year.

For the uninitiated, ‘tablescaping’ means adorning tabletops with a flurry of tablecloths, coloured glassware, pretty crockery, and candles – all to make dining in that little bit more decadent. The trend was already gaining momentum, but after a year of our lives mainly playing out within the four walls of ours homes, it has blossomed exponentially.  Many of us are now seeking out vintage tabletop trinkets with the same alacrity we would a new season cocktail dress.

With this in mind, approach the table with the same attention to detail you would for your wardrobe. Mix textures, heights, patterns, and colours, whether opting for a sophisticated and tonal affair, or a smorgasbord of wonderfully eclectic pieces.

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THE TABLECLOTH

The tablecloth is the starting foundation for any tablescape and the building blocks to base everything else around. Mrs Alice is the home of all things whimsy and these pastel gingham tablecloths are simply made for springtime al-fresco dining. Part of 'The Spring Meadow Tablescape', Mrs Alice herself has kindly done the hard work for you – you can shop the entire table in one click.

 

THE NAPKINS

Instabul-based designer Gül Hürgel is best known for her Mediterranean inspired resortwear. Her linen dresses adorned with beautiful prints and embroidery are perfect for a holiday capsule wardrobe, and now she’s spun a homeware linen collection with the same artistry. These 'Easter Joy' napkins in pastel hues add a sweet touch to your table.

 

THE PLACEMATS

Inspired by nature, folklore, and childhood fairy tales, Bell Hutley’s designs are always something of a conversation starter around the dining tables her homeware is placed upon. Her summer collection takes inspiration from the charming English countryside and celebrates the beauty of home-grown British fruit and flowers. These strawberry-adorned placemats are top of my list.

 

THE BUD VASES

The last year of lockdown has made us pine for dining out. To counter this, Vaisselle Boutique has brought the idiosyncrasies of the restaurant experience home, through an edit of thoughtful pieces – think hand-crafted ceramics made in Spain, inspired by traditional artisanal techniques. We love this oil dispenser, which can also double as a pretty bud vase for freshly picked blooms.

 

The OUTDOOR CANDLE

The oversized scented candle from London ceramicist Kana, in collaboration with the candle store Evermore, makes for a perfect centrepiece. Not only does it smell divine (thanks to petite grain, clove, and lilac) but after burning for an impressive 100 hours it can be repurposed as a serving dish for dinner parties to come.

 

THE PLATES

The Antwerp-based mother-daughter design duo behind BERNADETTE have already made us fall head over heels for their floral silk dresses, and now they’ve introduced a homeware line as romantic as you’d expect. Made in collaboration with South African-based ceramic artisan Mervyn Gers, these floral dinner plates are almost too pretty to eat off of.

 

THE CUTLERY

If you can see past the veritable mix of antique furniture, candlesticks du jour, and Murano glassware, The Edition 94 also has a cheerful collection of colourful cutlery to ogle over. Made-to-order, a new set will enliven any tabletop, but aren't too precious to stash in your picnic basket.

 

THE WINE GLASSES

Amsterdam-based Anna + Nina has its finger firmly on the pulse of the coolest modern interiors trends. Alongside a host of well-known brands, its in-house brand is surprisingly affordable and comes with a splash of retro charm. These wine glasses are perfect for enjoying an icy glass of rosé. Dot an array of colours around your table for an instant pop of colour.

 

THE PITCHER

Summerill and Bishop can always be relied upon to add a dose of much needed colour to proceedings. Masters of handblown glassware, this jug is the perfect vessel for homemade iced tea – or something stronger. Matching glasses are available too or mix-and-match with other saturated hues.

 

THE DECORATION

The final decorative flourishes make all the difference to your tablescape, pulling it together with points of intrigue. A few of these artichoke ornaments dotted around the table look very chic, whilst also doubling as smart bookends for your home desk set-up too.

 

 

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