Escape winter with the thoughts of spring bridal showers, Easter, Mother’s Day, a girls’ lunch and more. My friends at Lenox—a market leader in quality tabletop, giftware and collectibles—tantalize us with creative spring decorating ideas and remind us the spring is just around the corner even though for most of us—no matter where we live—it still feels like winter. Here are some fun ideas to get you ready for spring including a whimsical gift bench, ingenious veggie topiaries, clever chalkboard placemats, and a gorgeous formal dining tablescape.
The Gift Bench – Forego a gift table with this fun gift bench decor idea, where the guest of honor will sit, with her gifts within easy reach for the “opening ceremony.”
Make it look amazing by asking your guests to wrap their gifts in a theme like a butterfly theme for example (shown below), and make it easy for them to be creative by including a few theme elements into the invitation like a feather butterflies in your theme colors in the envelope with their invitation.
Veggie “Topiaries” – Vegetables served with dip are a bridal brunch staple. Instead of putting out an ordinary basket of mixed veggies, try creating an edible vegetable centerpiece that not only serves as a tabletop appetizer but embellishes the overall look of the table.
Simply fill your crudité vessel or bowl with rock salt, then arrange your vegetables in the center, allowing them to stand up straight in the rock salt. Serve with a flavorful dip on the side.
Chalkboard Placemats – A great casual dining DIY project is to make chalkboard placemats. It greets your guests to the table with a placemat place card. Click here to download the DIY instructions.
Fine Dining – Formal dining today is often about creating a luxurious and relaxed environment where your guests can feel at ease as well as a sense of escape. When someone is coming to your home for dinner, they’re gifting you with their time, one of life’s most precious commodities. Reciprocate by generously layering fine china such as Gilded Tapestry and mixing design elements such as mineral crystal, wire sculpture and art glass in with luxe organic textures such as orchids, apricots and shimmering dried seed pods.
Finish by lighting the entire table with votive candles placed in glass and crystal cups and bowls. You’ll create a table that feels like an escape, a place to be inspired by great conversation and wonderful food. Simply by doing these few simple things, you and your guests will have lovely memories of a special evening for years to come.
Decorating tips by entertaining expert Michael Tavano. For more ideas go to lenox.com/entertainingUSA.