Mary is co-owner of one of my favorite online stores, Savvy Host Market. Enjoy her insights into fabulous entertaining!
It is finally springtime - time to appreciate all the greenery taking shape and blooming all around. Whether in the city, the suburbs or the fields, it’s impossible not to notice this season blossoming (literally) in the flowers, trees, shrubs, and gardens…and, even though it happens every year, there is a wonderful feeling of excitement at the possibilities the new growth represents.
A perfect opportunity to echo this optimism from nature in setting a fabulous spring table for entertaining friends and family or for an impressive business soiree!
Here are some of the ways The Savvy Host is celebrating spring in our dining décor:
Barware and the Bar – glassware can be a simple way to introduce springtime energy into the bar. Serve key signature cocktails in vibrant spring colored glassware to echo the beautiful blooms outdoors (Bormioli Sorgente line shown above from SavvyHostMarket). We also enjoy serving Sangria or spiked Limeade from heavyweight etched crystal or glassware to show-off the colorful libation inside! The Napa Vines Beverage set – the trailing vines etched into the fine Tuscan crystal is an elegant celebration of summer - is one of our favorites. Mint is usually one of the first herbs to sprout in our garden, offering a fantastic excuse for Mojitos muddled in Napa Vines rocks glasses. Don’t forget to take advantage of the fresh herbs to accent cocktails – thyme works well with lemonade and limeade, and dill is an interesting sprig to add in Bloody Marys.
Place settings – bring the outdoors inside by including natural accents in the placesettings. Tuck a sprig of rosemary into a ribbon-wrapped cloth napkin – add a sprinkling of wildflowers across a charger at each place – even cherry tomatoes on the vine suggest farmer’s market bounty. Bring that mint into the picture with a sprig in a water glass. Even your flatware can emulate nature – our handcrafted sets of Branch flatware in both a polished and a forged finish boldly represent some of nature’s finest. The good news is that almost any dishware you have on hand can be worked into a spring-like settings.
Centerpieces – let personal style and creativity run wild with the possibilities blooming outside your door. Fresh picked floral arrangements are always lovely – and lilies, daffodils, irises, hyacinths and hydrangeas are are all colorful representations of the season. We like to see strong statements of color this time of year – either themes of singular color such as yellow (pictured in an arrangement we forwarded as a hostess gift from FTD.com last week), pink and green, or bold contrasts of purples and yellows, pinks and blues. Your table can also provide a functional showcase of newly planted herbs – basil, thyme, marjoram, dill - in an assortment of small containers (as pictured left from Proflowers), or even a row of microgreens or baby lettuce varieties sprouting from a long, rectangular container. Feel free to use the colors available in the freshest fruits and vegetables to mix into an a table arrangement.
Serving – this is the time of year when it’s so easy to let the food take center stage. Functional metalware trays or ceramic platters in neutral tones provide an excellent backdrop to the farmers market salads, grilled fish with fresh herbs (on a fish-shaped Firenze platter perhaps?), or pasta primavera! Be generous with extra lemon slices, parsley bunches, basil ribbons, chopped chives, or other fresh ingredients to add color to the platter or plated food.
Table Linens – design choices for “au naturel” table linens are as diverse as entertaining styles. Vibrant arrays of floral patterns in tablecloths, placemats or cloth napkins are cheerful celebrations of May flowers. Though it is possible to “overdo” with floral patterns, especially with an elaborate centerpiece, leave it to your personal style and taste to dictate how much is too much. For a non-floral approach, traditional cotton linen runners and napkins with visual texture in neutral tones – sand, olive, taupe, espresso - are an elegant background for a spring table setting. Pictured is the Branch & Vine Linen Runner from SavvyHostMarket.
According to Robin Williams (a treasured source of humor), Spring is nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party”. In this spirit, use these decor ideas mixed in with your personal style to celebrate the array of produce, plantings, flavors and colors that spring has to offer in your entertaining.