With rising temperatures, an abundance of fresh veggies, and a general feeling of optimism permeating the air (summer, after all, is right around the corner), spring is the perfect time to throw a dinner party.
Sure, we know the brass tacks of orchestrating a memorable soiree: extra chairs (check), good food (check), a champagne-stocked refrigerator (double check). But when it comes to creating an elegant tabletop—the sort of thing you’d glimpse in the pages of Bon Appetit or Gourmet (may it rest in peace)—we could all use a little help in the inspiration department.
Happily, some of the hostesses with the most(esses) can be found on Pinterest, their boards teeming with elegant tablescapes that seem to scream “good times.”
Here, 15 drool-worthy, Pinterest-sourced tablescapes that will have you pinning porcelain, crystal, and silver for weeks to come.
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We found this glittering crystal and gold setting on 100 Layer Cake's inspiring "Tablescapes" board. We love how the clusters of (presumably vintage) crystal decanters act as centerpieces. Plus, the crystal adds an old-world feel juxtaposed against the more modern gold cutlery and gold-edged porcelain. For a pop of color, add colorful glass candle holders.
Via 100 Layer Cake
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Just admit it: you're a sucker for tea lights. This dreamy spring tablescape was pinned by Belinda Chatsuwan, whose boards include over 25,000 inspiring images. To recreate the look at your next soiree, try floating tiny tea lights in water-filled glass bowls. For a fancy flourish, add a few flower petals.
Via Belinda Chatsuwan
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Leave it to Lauren Santo Domingo to pin this drop-dead gorgeous spring table, which features a single banquet winding—serpentine-style—through green trees and framed by twinkly white lights. Unless you have access to a huge open field, the effect may be difficult to recreate (but don't let that stop you from winding a few tables through the rooms of your apartment).
Speaking of twinkly lights, Moroccan lanterns like those strewn across this moody dusk tablescape—which was pinned onto Marina Delio's compulsively readable "Piretty Partes" board—add instant glam to any nighttime fete.
Via Marina YummyMummyKitchen
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Happily, one of our favorite spring tabletop ideas—this one found on blogger Blair Eadie's colorful feed—is also the easiest to recreate: to add a luxe touch to a common cocktail, freeze ice cubes with delicate wild flowers laid inside the tray.
Via Blair Eadie//Atlantic Pacific
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When it comes to entertaining, it's always safe to "think pink." This ultra-feminine springtime fete—pinned by addicting food and lifestyle site, Sous Style—features individual porcelain plates (all the better to nosh all those pale pink macarons), a tiered cake tray, and scores of pretty pink roses. The only thing missing from this picture? You, in a diamond tiara.
Via Lady Porn By Sous Style
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With her picture-perfect life in Medoc, France—where she spends her days baking pretty treats and playing with her fourteen dogs—Mimi Thorisson is among our favorite personalities on Pinterest. This pretty springtime table—a suitably girlish display for her elegant strawberry dome tartlets--consists of vintage pink dishes, antique silver and simple pale pink English roses.
Via Mimi Thorisson
This spring-perfect white and blue table pinned by Oscar PR Girl (and pulled directly from Oscar de la Renta's home collection) juxtaposes modern octagonal dinner plates against a perfectly round dinner table and unsuual, geometrically-folded white dinner napkins. The finishing touch? A bushel of bright white roses make a fresh centerpiece.
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Come spring, we're all about eating outdoors, so we'll make haste to recreate this classic and sophisticated tabletop as pinned by food blogger Sarah Kieffer of Vanilla Bean Blog. Not only do we dig the metallic-trimmed dinner plates, but the generous glass chalices (also trimmed in gold) offer plenty of room for generous wine refills.
Via Sarah Kieffer/Vanilla Bea Blog
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We love the mix of mint green, white, and coral on this tabletop featured on Amber Gamble's pinterest board. Use the color palette as the inspiration for your next dinner party.
Via Amber Gamble
Rustic table, antique table settings, and chinoiserie vases make for one chic table, pinned onto Jaynie JellyBelly's Set The Table board. Get the look mixing and matching some chinoiserie vases of your own sourced from a local flea market.
Via Jaynie JellyBelly
The mix of an old crate, a bell jar, mismatched vases, and lavender, make this tabletop display, pinned by Rebecca Isgrove Reah, just about perfect, as well as easy to imitate.
Via Rebecca Isrove Reah
Amp up your outdoor dinner party with bird cages dangling from a tree, like this image pinned by Lynn Gadsby onto her Table Settings board.
Via Lynn Gadsby
Mix and match chairs, an antique lace tablecloth, and different sized floral arrangements like the table in this image pinned by Anna Brown. Of course, it doesn't hurt if you have citrus trees as the backdrop.
Via Anna Brown
Why not throw a party on a yacht this summer? Or at lease take a yacht as inspiration for a nautical themed dinner party. Could this table pinned by Deborah Guss be anymore summer appropriate?
Via Deborah Guss