Yesterday the sun was shining and the birds were chirping and white clouds were floating by in the sky and I had 6.5 hours until Downton Abbey came on television.
So I decorated the table for spring.
The twins thought it looked like fun way to spend an afternoon, so they helped me.
I found these place mats at WalMart for about a $1.00 and thought it would be fun to shop the house and come up with a table setting for spring.
And I did.
And I loved it.
But the twins? They wanted color. Of course they did.
So we created a few more place settings just for fun.
Want to see what we came up with?
Here are four spring table decorating ideas (with lots of color).
Spring place setting idea number 1: the farmhouse.
Simple white plates stacked with blueberries and a whimsical spoon and fresh flowers.
Quick tip: A bread board makes a fun place mat.
I collect bread boards so I have enough for every place setting and it’s okay if they don’t match.
Now here’s a closer look at place setting number one.
Spring place setting idea number two: the smile.
I had to name it that because that’s what it made me do.
We started with a simple place mat from IKEA and added a polka-dotted plate and fun straws and a quirky cup with an orange on it.
Quick tip: If you don’t have an IKEA close by, you could always sketch out the plate and silverware on a piece of craft paper and tuck a pen for doodling at each person’s plate.
Now here’s a closer look at place setting number two.
Spring place setting idea number three: the pattern play.
I named it that because this place setting is all about mixing and matching.
We layered a simple patterned fabric with three different patterned plates from IKEA, tucked a lemon in a nest and sliced lemons to make lemonade.
Quick tip: the key with a place setting like this is to have fun. Find different patterns that might have similar colors and create your own layered patterned table setting.
Now here’s a closer look at place setting number three.
Spring place setting idea number four: polka dot fun.
I named it that because this place setting is all bold colors and patterns and polka dots.
We layered an orange patterned runner with these bright green round place mats.
Then we added different polka dot dishes I got on clearance at a local store here.
Quick tip: I’ve seen similar pieces at Homegoods and TJ Maxx. Sometimes you can’t find all the place-settings, but I like just a few plates here and there to mix it up. If it doesn’t match it makes it a little more fun.
Now here’s a closer look at place setting number four.
When we finished decorating, I was sitting at the computer editing photos with the twins looking over my shoulder eating a snack.
Picture after picture would pop up on the screen.
In between bites of apple they would say things like,“That turned out so cute.” Or, “That one is my favorite. I love all the color.”
Until we got to the farmhouse place setting.
Then it was my turn.
I sighed and pronounced it perfect and told them that one was my favorite and we should look for more cutting boards next time we went shopping.
One of the twins said, “I know, mom. You like that one because it doesn’t have that much color.” Then she looked around the kitchen and added, “I don’t really think you are that into color any way. Like this room,” she said. “There’s not a lot of color in here.”
Then she paused and smiled and added encouragingly, “Good thing you have such a colorful personality.”
PS Congratulations to the winner of the Amazon Gift Card, Carol W. whose favorite was the tulips on the mantel.
Thank you to everyone for playing along! It was fun.