Easter is peeking around the corner and our thoughts turn to pastels—those pale shades of baby yellow chicks, bursting lilac-colored crocus, tender green sprouts in the garden and angel skin pink buds on branches. Soft and airy, pale pastels shades remind us of renewal and rebirth, or the newness of life.
Along with a good, old-fashioned Spring cleaning—out with the musty, wintry, smoky candles and home scents—we look for florals and signs of Spring in our décor. A hyacinth in a glass bulb vase, a few forsythia branches sheared from the bushes in a container, or a garden-fresh flower arrangement, make us breathe in the season.
For the Spring holidays we seek out those soft and gentle tones in our table settings too. For gatherings like Passover or Easter, an inviting palette of pastel colors like pink, baby blue, mint, lilac and pale yellow can be achieved by way of a floral tablecloth, table runner or table mat with contrasting napkins.
These items can be ordered ready-sewn, or, if there’s a sewing machine to hand, easily run up by buying fabric yardage where you can mix and match the patterns and colors. Try an ombre shaded fabric in these pastels, and then buy the same coloring range in a coordinating stripe or spotted napkin. For double duty, make the runners two-sided in contrasting prints of the same color family, and flip when needed.
Pick pussy willow or flowering branches for subtle and soft table accents, using the same pastel coloring for center pieces or place markers. Easter eggs dyed in these same colors make perfect bunnies when napkins are tied around them into ears.
With these paler colors and touches of spring life, any table setting is sure to communicate the Spring season.