Daylight savings is on. For many of us, the glory of longer days means one thing—brunch season is here. Whether you’re planning an Easter get-together or simply hosting a late-morning spring feast for friends and family, you’ll love these swoon-worthy tablescaping tips from Chairs + Cups, a partyware rental and design service in San Francisco, California. In this behind-the-scenes Q&A, owner and designer Angie Chang decodes how to balance color, florals, and design elements for a harmonious look.
What are your favorite tips for people creating Easter tables?
It’s easy to overdo it on color. Always aim to keep your look cohesive, not like an over-the-top rainbow. You can think of your color palette as a pie chart. Never use more than four to six colors in your pie.
On this Easter tablescape I used two neutrals—white and green—and an accent color—yellow. The soft pastels in the candy and ceramic eggs are subtle touches of color that don’t distract from the overall visual. If our table were slices of color pie, it would be ⅓ green, ⅓ yellow, and ⅓ a subtle mix of the accent colors.
When hand-dying Easter eggs for table decor, if you chose one bright color, allow the other colors to be muted. Try to stay in the pastel arena. Use rubber bands and wax to create simple graphic patterns on the eggs.
What overall advice would you give spring brunch table designers?
- Don’t be too rainbowy with your flower colors or table colors.
- If the table is set for four or less, switch from a garland to a floral arrangement so as not to overwhelm the table.
- Pick one table inspiration item—for example Blue Peeps, the marshmallow chicks that are iconic around this time of year. If this fun candy chick is your inspo:
- You don’t want the table to be gaudy with too much blue.
- Use different types and tones of blue and soften it with touches of green and white.
- If you want to add color, use a complementary color (say, yellow) sparingly. Just a peek works to add dimension, such as tiny yellow flowers sprinkled in the bouquet or on the table.
How did you make the garland?
Garlands are similar to holiday wreaths, they’re just not connected end to end. With garlands, bigger is better — you can always groom once the garland has been made and the table set.
To recreate the lush, garden feeling of this garland:
- Wrap clusters of greenery (in this case seeded eucalyptus and lemon leaf) around a wire.
- Select 1-2 flowers that bring out your chosen accent color.
- Select a third flower in a similar hue to soften the accent color.
Here, I used tulips and hyacinth to bring out my accent color of yellow. Greens and yellow are complementary colors and work well together.
Be careful of what accent flowers you choose. For example, something like a deep purple with this soft of a palette would throw everything off. Always use seasonal flowers and greenery.
How do you use candy in a stylish way?
Jordan almonds are fantastic because they look like Easter eggs. The colors are pastel and blend with the overall visual. In this tablescape, they bring out the colors of the table. But be selective about how you use them.
Notice I didn’t just put the candies in the bowl at each place setting. To create a cohesive look, I chose candies that would best complement the ceramic egg at that seat. For the yellow egg, I used white and green (a complementary color of yellow) candies. For the blue egg, I used soft blue, green, and white candies. Candy can look messy if you’re not careful about color pairings.
You can also use candy to create visual texture. Blend candy with a coating of powder sugar, hard candy, and soft candy. To successfully blend textures, use tonal colors in the same arena. If you’re using yellow candy, chose light yellow, almost white, to bright marigold, but all within the same tone. It creates more impact than a variety of pastel colors all at the same level of intensity.
Tell us what influenced your design.
Pantone’s Color of the Year, Greenery, is fresh and new and different. The color is evocative of spring, so I used shades of green to create the feeling of Easter and the sensation of having a picnic in a garden or on a lush lawn. The bunnies blend with the spring garden feeling.
Easter eggs are always an iconic addition to an Easter tablescape. Here we used delicate ceramic eggs, but I also love hand-dying eggs for Easter tables. Always incorporate at least one iconic item; birds, bunnies, Easter eggs—something that elevates it from being a pastel table to an Easter table.
On that same note, don’t overload your table with too many elements. Keep it fresh and clean. Like Coco Chanel said, always look in the mirror and take one thing off before you leave the house.
Looking for even more spring tablescaping advice? See our interview on spring floral arrangements.