The Key To Creating A Beautiful Spring Table-The Steps You Need To Know

In this post: If you are wondering how to pull together a spring table with elements you already own then this is the post for you.  Learn the key to creating a beautiful spring table and the steps you need to know to do it.

So I totally intended to bring you a spring table and tell you all about how it was so effortless and easy to pull together.

I believed I would impart some wisdom on how easy it was to create an amazing table using stuff I “just happened to have” around the house to make this table possible on a whim.

But that would be a lie.  To tell you the truth, I agonized over how I could make it look so simple while trying to layer way too many plates together in an effort to make it look Pinterest and blog worthy. In all this craziness, I truly discovered the key to it and had a total aha moment.

The key to creating an easy spring table

The kind that makes you stop in your tracks and wonder how you never thought of this before…an idea so simple it eluded you for so long? It was a journey to get to it, but I’m going to pass it all on to you for free.

You see, it all started when I found this photo of a simple place setting by the amazing Joanna Gaines and muttered out loud, Why don’t I have incredible little galvanized fluted  plates to use on my table?  What kind of woman am I?

An easy place setting by Joanna Gaines

Then I realized, oh ya, I’m the normal kind.  The kind of woman that doesn’t have a warehouse to store all my incredible finds, and the kind of woman that has a family who would pick that fluted plate up and say, What are we supposed to do with these?

To be honest, I embarked on a round the world trip through my little town to buy amazing stuff to inspire you to create a table with stuff you own.  It didn’t sound that sinister when I started but things have a way of snowballing in my world.

The key to an easy spring table with stuff you already own

In the midst of all this turmoil and angst ridden shopping I seem to always go through…I found the secret.  Do you want to know what it is?


What?  How can nature help me create a great table?  Here’s how.

The key to an easy spring table with stuff you already own

  1. Start with what you have.

No really.  Look through the table linens you already own and decide on placemats, table cloth, napkins etc….  This will set the foundation of your tablescape. I bought these placemats at the thrift store about a year ago and purchased the napkins more than 5 years ago from Target.  They don’t match perfectly but I felt like it would give it more interest.


  1. Determine the color scheme.

Now that you have a foundation, determine if you are going to use an additional complimentary color.  I could have easily gone with a pink or yellow for this table because both are found in nature frequently.  In this case, I knew I wanted to use white.  This is why a great set of white dishes is a must…they just go with everything.

The key to an easy spring table with stuff you already own


  1. Look to nature for the rest.

I know this seems so obvious, but hit the grocery store for flowers in the complimentary color you decided on.  Because you have a color scheme buy flowers that fit in the scheme and stick to one type of flower to keep it even easier.  I know this sounds so simple, but I literally would start with the flowers and then try to pull a table together and it never looked the way I wanted.  Because I knew I wanted white flowers walking in the store, I had the luxury of deciding if I wanted hydrangeas, roses, or this pretty orchid.  Lots of choices and I was confident the table would come together without a lot of drama.

The key to an easy spring table with stuff you already own

The key to an easy spring table with stuff you already own

The key to an easy spring table with stuff you already own

Can you believe a simple spring table could be so easy?  I love a layered and fussy table just as much as the next girl, but sometimes a simple table has its own sophistication.  Next time you need to set an easy table for a gathering remember to keep things simple by using what you have, picking a complimentary color, and then placing flowers in that complimentary color in the center.



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  1. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    March 2, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Your table is so lovely! Love the green and white for Spring. Love the tips, too. I often forget to use “nature” in my tablescapes as I am the world’s most allergic person. It’d cause a total sneezefest. But I think I simply must find a way to work around this. In fact, I may do a blog post about how to deal with real flowers inside when you’re allergic. Thanks for inspiring the idea and sharing the lovely tablescape! Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Nancy

      March 3, 2017 at 9:22 am

      If I were allergic I think I would have a collection of some amazing silk flowers. There are so many great options out there right now that look so real. It’s probably a smart choice not only allergy wise, but also financially in the long run.


  2. Wendy Dewar Hughes

    March 2, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Very pretty and yet simple. It’s a nice way to push winter out the door.

    1. Nancy

      March 3, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Wendy! Sometimes a simple table just looks fresh and clean. I’m thinking my upcoming Easter table is going to be extra fussy…should be fun.



    March 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Nancy, what a lovely tablescape! I love it! I’m a real country gal and just love everything white and blue!

    I also love fresh flowers and usually pick some up whenever I go to town. Our Costco has a lovely assortment of flowers at such a great price. They are the best place to get flowers!

    Your white dishes are beautiful!

    Thanks for another great post!

    Have a blessed day!

    1. Nancy

      March 3, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Mary-Ann, I’m so jealous you have a Costco close enough to pop into for flowers. I’m hoping and praying we get a Costco or Sam’s close enough for me to take advantage of that. I’m really at the mercy of three grocery stores that carry flowers. Womp womp.

      Have a great weekend!


  4. valarie sanford

    March 2, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    You.Are.Awesome and I so enjoy your sense of humor, style and your common sense take on decorating. Thank you!

    1. Nancy

      March 3, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Thank you so much Valarie! You are so sweet and totally made my day. Have an awesome weekend.


  5. KariAnne Wood

    March 4, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Love your tips! I do want those galvanized chargers, though. 🙂

    Happy day friend!

  6. CoCo

    March 6, 2017 at 9:52 am

    This is so gorgeous, Nancy! I love the white and green color palette you chose and how you let nature guide your decision making. It’s stunning. Hugs, CoCo

  7. Shirley@Housepitality Designs

    March 6, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Beautiful tablescape and love those chairs and the table!

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