Setting the Perfect Spring Table

As you may know, I’m an ambassador for Anthropologie and its Anthro Living lifestyle branch, and now that spring is here, I thought I’d show you how I set a garden dinner table for six with Anthro Living’s pieces.

The first thing I do is place flowers in Anthro’s terracotta Verona vases from Portugal on a nearby coffee table. To set the table, I lay out the Duke fringe-trimmed, oatmeal linen placemats which are a stylish base for the rest of the items.

I also place this really fun cotton/linen table runner to pull the look together. Then I lay the Vivi dinner plates, handcrafted and glazed in Portugal. They are thick and substantial and have the most charming floral design.

On top of the dinner plates, I stack my Renata side plates. With alternating patterns, they make the table look more interesting. I just love the sweet floral motif. Anthro Living’s napkins also have different but complementary patterns and colors and work well for a very visually intriguing table. I place them between the side plate and dining plates.

The Jessa wine glasses, made in Mexico from recycled hand-blown glass, go to the right of the plate. And for utensils, I love using gold pieces to bring a bit of color and warmth into the tablescape. Forks go on the left and knives on the right and the dessert spoon goes above the plates. I plan to serve sorbet for this wonderful warm evening so I place pretty deep bowls on the top of the plates because even though they won’t be used first, they’re so fun and chic I want all my guests to enjoy the entire table before I dismantle parts of it. The Vivi pitcher is a really good one. I always like to have cool water on hand and ready so people can stay hydrated.

And, of course, there is nothing more special than fresh flowers on a spring table. I coordinated the colors of the flowers with the colors in the runner and stoneware so that together they can bring the table to life. And they do!

I also position my Copia vessel on the table because I’ll be using it for salad.

I love candles on a dinner table, whether I’m indoors or outdoors. The flickering of the light and the shadows they cast lend depth and mood and Anthro’s molded Fiorella candles work great.

I’m done! I’m ready to entertain and it’s going to be a fun evening of laughter, reminiscence and the comfort of good friends.

Copia Vessel
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Vivi Pitcher
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Renata Bowls
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Peyton Dish Towel
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Fiorella Molded Wax Candle
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Jessa Wine Glasses
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Renata Napkins
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Renata Side Plates
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Duke Placemat
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Renata Table Runner
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Verona Vase
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