Photo Gallery: Spring-Inspired Table Settings

Get inspired by spring and create a fresh tablescape for your next brunch. These table settings are perfect for dining through the season.

Get more spring entertaining tips in our guide.

  • Laid-Back Picnic Table

    A weathered barnboard table is the perfect setting for an outdoor brunch.

    No need for formal napkins or grand floral arrangements — keep the look casual with tea towel runners and a few potted succulents. Golden cutlery adds a sparkling vintage touch. (Learn how to make this DIY Tea Towel Runner.)

    Source: House & Home July 2011 issue
    Stylist: Michael Penney
    Photographer: Tracy Shumate
  • Colourful Tabletop Display

    Dashes of orange, turquoise, gold and white add a touch of summertime to the table.

    A dainty chinoiserie bowl looks youthful when paired with contemporary floral-print napkins. For a budget-friendly centerpiece, place wild flowers in a vintage mason jar, creating a perfect casual-chic arrangement.

    Source: House & Home October 2006 issue
    Stylist: Virginia Johnson
    Photographer: Stacey Brandford
  • Green-Themed Dinner Party

    Use fresh outdoor hues for a vibrant table.

    To create your own enticing green feast, mix mossy or vegetal greens with hits of emerald or jade tones, incorporating dishes, glassware and other vessels with charming botanical shapes and motifs. As an earthy foundation for your repast, choose an appealingly “muddy” tablecloth in taupe or light brown linen. Accessorize individual settings with green-trimmed linen napkins and tiny transparent vases filled with sprays of cuttings such as Queen Anne’s lace.

    Source: House & Home May 2007 issue
    Stylist: Stacy Begg
    Photographer: Nina Teixeira
  • Scandinavian-Style Dining Decor

    A fresh cottage look with nordic flair.

    A crisp blue and white palette feels clean and light. Linen tablecloths layered over a weathered farmhouse table offer a casual look. The large ceramic bowl filled with fresh flowers is a spring tabletop must.

    Source: House & Home December 2010 issue
    Stylist: Food styling, Ruth Gangbar; prop styling, Sasha Seymour.
    Photographer: Angus Fergusson
  • Yellow Table Setting
    Simple white plates keep the focus on the fresh seasonal food.

    For a buffet-style party, keep costs low by using the glassware and dishes you already have. Create a big impact with colour, without commitment, by framing a large piece of wallpaper or fabric. Finish off the look with matching flowers and napkins. Try this delicious Cocoa Cannoli Cake Recipe (pictured here) at your next dinner party.

    Source: House & Home June 2007 issue
    Stylist: Food styling, Ettie Shuken; prop styling, Stacy Begg.
    Photographer: Donna Griffith
  • Elegantly Layered Table

    Channel a rustic, English look for your table.

    This table setting is understated and modern — with just a dash of gratuitous adornment in the napkin rings and flowers.

    Photographer: Michael Graydon
  • Modern Romantic Table Setting
    Feminine flourishes add character to the table.

    Tiffany-blue patterned linens and simple white china on an unadorned, dark-wood table let details like this rosette napkin ring shine.

    Photographer: Janis Nicolay
    Designer: Darci Illich

  • Country Chic Dining Room Decor

    A delicate table setting in blue and gold dress up a country-inspired space.

    Early 18th-century French architectural prints reveal designer Anne Hepfer's passion for architecture. Black frames add contrast while the artwork's off-white colour pairs nicely with the creamy accents in the room.

    Source: House & Home January 2008 issue
    Photographer: Michael Graydon
    Designer: Anne Hepfer

  • Refined Rustic Table Setting
    Key pieces in neutral hues add to this nature-inspired tabletop.

    Different patterns in the same colour scheme add depth without being overwhelming. A small silver bird and a pewter dish holding tiny blue robin's eggs cleverly reference the accent plate's pattern.

    Source: House & Home December 2010 issue
    Photographer: Monic Richard
    Designer: Jane L. Charron

  • Retro '50s Terrace

    To add sparkle to a tablescape, top place settings with tall glass cloches.

    Chairs from a set of 1950s lounge furniture — their cushions reupholstered in cheery yellow — surround a trio of elegant grey-painted pedestal tables.

    Get more spring entertaining tips in our guide.

    Source: House & Home October 2009 issue
    Photographer: Ted Yarwood
    Designer: Horticultural Design and Martin Ciccone Design