As spring creeps around the corner for most of us in the U.S., I am immediately inspired to bring fresh, spring florals and colors into my wardrobe AND into my home. The temps have dipped back down into the 30s this week in Pittsburgh, but they sure aren’t stopping me from entertaining daydreams of breezy, sunny days on the patio, and the scent of fresh blooms emerging after a long winter’s nap. I wanted to create a simple, beautiful and easy DIY place setting idea that is the perfect addition to any spring dinner party, family meal, Easter Sunday or girls brunch. Now that I’m a mom, I don’t have TONS of time or opportunities to host elaborate parties or pay for expensive florals or dinnerware. But I wanted to find a simple way that I could bring some spring beauty to my home without breaking the bank, or requiring hours of prep time. Some of the elements were things I already had, but I did purchase a few things to complete this picture-perfect place setting, all while spending around $10 per plate.
Something that may be a little-known fact about me, is that I’ve always had a love for curating dining elements and centerpieces. The first big project I took on was styling and creating my own wedding centerpieces and bouquets! That is DEFINITELY another post for another day (so many details) but it was the biggest and most fun adventure for me, and as a result, my wedding florals turned out EXACTLY how I had invisioned. Isn’t there an old saying that goes, if you want something done right, do it yourself? I have to admit I adopt that motto in more than one area of life, haha!
|Photo by: Janae Rose Photography|
|Photo By: Janae Rose Photography|
Although the dishes and place settings themselves were created and provided by the venue, much of my planning process for our wedding involved hours browsing Pinterest and oogling over all of the perfectly and professionally styled tablescapes. I just think there is SO much that can be done with a simple table – modern design has shifted so much from simply “formal” and “informal”, and whether you’re following traditional dining etiquette or not, there is a huge margin for creativity – and the possibilities truly are limitless. For this particular place setting, I wanted to keep the elements extremely simple, but give off an airy, spring vibe. One of the best things about designing place settings and other table elements is that even if you’re following a template (like this one!) you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your own table look similar, or even identical. I’ve included links below to everything included in this set, but I especially encourage you to take a look at what you already have at home – flatware, placemats or table cloth – and see how you can make this design your own. Keep reading to see my ideas and how you can re-create it even on a tight budget!
$9.99 for 4 (or $2.50 per plate)
Buy similar ones on Amazon – $17.99 for two
Option #2: Pretty Layered Plates