Blues and Branches: A Spring Tablescape

By Kate Riley April 2, 2010

I love Easter !  I love little girls running around in their frilly pastel Easter dresses on the church lawn hunting for treats, and little boys in seersucker shorts and argyle vests.  I love Easter candy, and chocolate bunnies, and grilled lamp chops for dinner, and everything spring !  I love Easter brunch too – a chance to sit down after church services and spend a lovely meal with family and friends.

I set a table this year in a blue and white theme, complete with branches, butterflies, some feathery friends, and various shades of blue.

The vase I’ve had for awhile, it’s from Pier One, I move it around everywhere.  It was less than $20, and I just love the aqua colored glass and shape.

cg table setting 2

The place settings are a silver charger and plain white plate.  Robins egg blue napkins from Target.

place setting 3

The center accent plates are turn of the century vintage plates found at a local antique store.

place setting

nest on antique plate

I made those little nests by cutting these balls made from grapevines in half.


Then I filled them with Jordan almond ‘eggs’ – you can find these in any wedding aisle at the craft store.

nest on vintage plate

I love vintage champagne glasses too. My hub bought these for me last year at the antique fair when I wasn’t looking then gave them to me as a present.  That guy knows me well, so sweet !  I love the traditional shape and etched glass – these are just perfect for mimosas !

vintage glass with flowers

Speckled candy eggs under glass.

speckled candy eggs under glass


The tablecloth I made from some inexpensive linen I found at a fabric shop – it has a floral and butterfly pattern.

linen tablecloth

This large margarita glass I found at a thrift store last year.  I filled it with shredded brown cardstock for the ‘grass’ and some colored eggs.

dyed eggs


How cute are these little egg baskets?  They were totally free, no kidding.

egg basket

I simply spray painted some plain plastic strawberry baskets I picked up from the farmer’s market with the same leftover paint designed for plastic I used on these urns.  Then I wove 5/8 teal ribbon through them and used the same shredded cardstock to form the bedding.   Yummy chocolate eggs !

baskets before and after


My Easter table is incomplete without colored M&Ms from the local specialty candy shop.  I’m having serious problems not devouring every one !

blue m&ms

Those paper mache eggs in the background I created last week with a little help from my kindergartener.

place setting 2

This Noritake fine china sugar and creamer set was the inspiration for the whole table – I found these for $10 for the set at – you guessed it – a thrift store.  Total steal !

sugar and creamer

White roses, hydrangea and hyacinth smell divine –all from the local Trader Joes.

hydrangeas and roses


roses hydrangea hyacinth


Manzanita branches form the centerpiece.  These branches were given to me by a friend who knows my passion for anything botanical, especially branches!  I attached little glittery white butterflies for a whimsical touch.

cg branches table


Yes, Easter is a very special and joyful day for us.  We plan on having brunch after church, then bringing dinner to 100 year old Grandma Verna !  What are your plans ?

Peace be with you, and have a lovely Easter weekend !


  1. Oh.My.Goodness, that table setting is GORGEOUS!!! Your family will feel so special sitting there for Easter dinner! :) I loved each and every lovely vintage piece, but those grapevine balls turned wreaths are too clever & too cute! Great job! :)

  2. Your table is so pretty! And cutting the grapevine balls in half to make nests is genius! We plan to have our favorite roast chicken after church for our “big” meal. With 2 teenagers on spring break, they quite often have evening plans.

  3. If your table setting has anything to do with it, you and your family are going to have one fabulous Easter brunch! I’m particularly in love with the manzanita branches . . . I’ve been lusting after them forever and I must finally get some! :)

  4. Oh my gosh, Kate. It’s absolutely stunning!!! I love how you gave such a detailed breakdown of everything. I’m a detailed person, and you answered every question I was thinking! I can’t stop staring at it! Gorgeous!

  5. Happy Easter to you, too, Kate! Your holiday table is just perfection. Very kind of you to share these inspirational images.

  6. Beautiful tablescape, Kate! I have nothing. Seriously, nothing. We’ve been on Spring Break all week. But I may go out tonight and buy some spring flowers for the table. My in-laws are coming up for Easter.
    Have a blessed one!

  7. You are brilliant! I absolutely love all your crafty and frugal ideas! the table looks amazing!

  8. Your table is just wonderful. I love your beautiful table and the little nests at each placesetting. Your cloches are just stunning too. Everything is just beautifully done. Hope you have a beautiful and Blessed Easter. Hugs, Marty

  9. Oh I loved your dining room before I saw this but I ADORE it. The neutral background is so great for adding those colorful elements at different holidays. The blue glass is so pretty! Beautiful table.

  10. Thank you so much for showing and explaining every detail! It is helpful for those of us (me) who would have no idea how to set such a beautiful table! I love it!

  11. Your table and its setting are stunning.. Those colors are amazing as is your photography..

  12. Absolutely breathtaking!! We’re renovating our attic and my tables are covered with random stuff-I’m so jealous! Have a blessed Easter!

  13. These are my favorite colors for any season! It’s just gorgeous…from the little strawberry basket to the hydrangeas (which are so beautiful I can hardly stand it!) :) I want to be invited to your next party. How far are you from Texas? LOL! Lisa~

  14. The vased branches are spectacular! Your pictures make me swoon. AND-I love the way you write, too. Your over-the-top genius never lets a girl down when I come to visit. Blessings to your family on Easter.

  15. Absolutely stunning! I love everything, especially the little nest that you made from the wicker ball. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter. : )

  16. Hey, gorgeous, your table just rocks!!! I love the details, it looks like you’ve thought about *everything*, it’s sooo pleasing to the eye! I also love it you decided it all in teal. It’s really beautiful!

  17. The blue just pops! Absolutely stunning! The great thing about surrounding yourself with beautiful things, is that it makes you smile! (I am certain the table setting is much better in person!)

  18. Absolutely beautiful table setting! Your family and friends will feel special sitting here enjoying a meal with you! Have a blessed Easter.

  19. OH my Goodness. I lurve everything you have done. This table looks so special and full of love. Thanks for sharing how you achieved it all. Such simple ideas brought together to make something awesome. A feast for the eyes!!!! Happy easter to you and your family. Kathy. Perth Western Australia.

  20. That is such a soothing tablescape! Great job making your personal finds look like a magazine cover shoot. Now all you need are the hot cross buns and coffee!

  21. I love the shape of that aqua vase! Your entire table is beautiful. I love that you have collected pieces from different places, but they all look like they were designed to work together!

  22. OH my word it is LOVELY!

    We are having 25+ people over tomorrow. At this point, they’ll be lucky to get some ham, much less a table cloth.

    Happy Easter

  23. what a gorgeous table!! I think the nests and baskets are genius ideas. hope you have a wonderful Easter!!

  24. Your table decorations are so beautiful! What wonderful, creative ideas:) Happy Easter!

  25. I dont know how you do it ?? Lovely.
    Enjoy yourself with your family.

  26. I was just at Pier One and saw the vase, so it’s still avbl. Love the blog–great inspiration!

  27. Kate, your Easter table is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. I love the way you’ve pulled all these elements together for such a special look–elegant, yet full of fun. Just right for all ages, and just right for such a special occasion.

    May your Easter be full of joy. God bless you and your beautiful family.

  28. Absolutely exquisite, Kate!! I love your ingenious idea to cut those twig balls in half to make nests!! And vintage pieces paired w/ ivory blooms–FAB!

    Just when I thought you couldn’t astound me any more, you go and pull off a flawless tablescape. Well, I hope you’re happy. =]

  29. Just beautiful! Everything looks so serene and elegant….great job!

    Hope you & your loved ones have a very happy and blessed Easter.

  30. What a great idea w/ the grapevine balls! Love the tablescape, it’s gorgeous!

  31. It’s beautiful!!! You are such a talented hostess. I’m going to laugh if you say brunch is sausage biscuits from McDonalds. ;)

    We have church in the morning and then lunch and an egg hunt at the in-laws’ house. Happy Easter. :)

  32. Now this tablescape just takes my breath away! Stunning! What a clever idea to use the grapevine balls to make nests!

    Happy PINK SATURDAY! And Easter Blessings to you and your family!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  33. I love your table! The butterflies on the branches are so sweet. I love Easter (or any weekend) brunch. My hubby and I and our new baby (1 month tomorrow) are going to church with his family and then to their house for brunch. I’d love to host something at my house and prepare a beautiful table and brunch but have no time due to the new addition. Feeling so very blessed. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  34. Just a note to let you know your goblets are Rock Crystal by Libby Glass. This was my grandparent’s stemware which was then handed down to my parents and now my brother and his wife are enjoying them. Your table is beautiful; the plates looks like a Limoges pattern.

  35. Very nice. Hope you had a great Easter. I will be coming to your neck of the woods in July.

    SF, Yosemite, & Lake Tahoe.

    Any advice, let me know. My son is 16 and hasn’t been out there so I am excited.

  36. The table is absolutely stunning. I have a quick question for you. When you purchase dishes at the thrift store, is there a certain numer you try to buy? 6, 8, 12?
    Love your blog!

  37. WHat a beautiful table!! I love the idea of cutting grapevine balls in half for nests!! I now wish I would have picked up those balls I saw at the thrift store a few weeks ago!

  38. Wow!
    Thanks for giving all the details on how you did everything. Thank you for that.

  39. Wow! Stunning….amazing creativity and ideas! The photos are spectacular as well! Come by and enter to win pretty white berry napkin rings on my blog.

  40. This tablescape is so soft and fresh.I just love it.Thanks for making me smile.Hollye

  41. Hi Kate,
    Love this beautiful tablescape! The colors are so pretty and perfect for spring. I especially love how you cut those vine balls in half to create the nest! I don’t think I would have ever thought of that! So glad you joined in Tablescape Thursday this week! I know my readers are going to adore this beautiful table setting! Would love it if you would add in a link back to TT. :-)

  42. I’m still making my way through all of Thursday’s Tablescapes, and yours is beautiful — exquisite really. Your restrained hand in placing the blue in just the right places and amounts created an abundance! Very elegant.

  43. I am impressed by your thriftiness!!! You have some wonderful ideas for saving money without sacrificing the overall look. Cutting the grapevine balls in half was pure genius! And how cute were those strawberry baskets??!?!! I’m a bit thrifty myself, so I can certainly appreciate your efforts. Very, very nice!

  44. Hello! Your tablescape is both beautiful and inspiring. The baby blue color accent is perfect .and the beautiful butterfly tablecloth, so very nice! Thank you for sharing the how-tos. As a new blogger, I am seeking help with a hospital volunteer thank you luncheon, I’d like to use some of your ideas. Have a great day!

  45. Hi,

    We are loyal CG readers and just wanted to let you know that we linked to your gorgeous table scape as part of our Easter table inspiration board for this year. Thanks for all of the lovely eye candy!

    Ally and Mike @ Tiny Wallet

  46. I recently started reading your blog and you are very talented. This is absolutely beautiful and it is now my inspiration setting for this Easter! One of my favorite things in the picture is the table cloth. Can you tell me where you bought the fabric?

  47. I really like the birds nest on the table so I bought some of those twig balls too, when I cut mine in half, it broke into 100 pieces. Bummer, I bought the last three and they were $4 a piece. :o/ Any suggestions?

    • Oh no Rachel! So sorry! It’ is tricky, they do tend to separate if you’re not careful. I’m reusing the leftover “nests” this year, only they’re a bit looser cause you’re right, they won’t stay together very well after one use. *sigh*

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