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March 22, 2012

Joy of Spring

Planning my daughter's fourth birthday party has unleashed my inner entertaining diva. She's been hiding since the holidays it seems. It's a welcome shift, and I think a timely one since spring has arrived.

So in the course of planning a fete for a dozen squealing children I've been plotting and planning my seasonal tablescapes. A few items I think are key to keep your tabletop seasonal but not "theme-y" when entertaining.

1. Fresh flowers. Need I say more? I suggest a massive bouquet of either a singular color or a single variety of flower. Let the blooms speak for themselves.

2. Colorful place settings. Have fun here, especially for dining al fresco. Spring is all about color.

3. A clear glass decanter or apothecary jar filled with... anything! I love these with candies, fruits or pretty objects. Don't overthink this. A few blooms floating in water look lovely as well.

4. Pillows. Yes... you're dining outside, but that's no reason to leave guests in search of comfort.

5. Adorn the front door with a wreath. Set the tone from the moment company arrives... it'll lay the foundation for a festive gathering.

6. Vintage inspired birdcages. These are lovely and make for clever tabletop centerpieces if you place candles inside. I suggest flameless pillars to transform these into gorgeous lanterns.

The key to any spring affair... relax. It's advice I need to heed myself. Guests can't unwind and enjoy if the host is uptight or rushed. Plan, plan, plan ahead... but by all means on the day of the party be sure the only thing you need to style is your hair. ;)

Gorgeous items above all from Joss & Main.

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