Text by Bethany Adams
With buds blooming and birds singing, it’s the perfect time to move the party outside and celebrate the spring season surrounded by the wonders of nature. Whether you want to host an elegant garden soirée or a casual family gathering on the porch, these spreads will inspire your inner hostess, and the recipes we’ve paired with them are sure to be the perfect finishing touch to any menu from Easter through the end of summer!
In love with those feminine vintage vibes? You can’t have too many dusty roses and ruffled linens! Dainty teacups and pink Depression glass are the sweetest touches for a truly romantic table.
What to Serve: Almond Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Lush growth sets the backdrop for a summer gathering infused with magic. In this historic home’s backyard, a vine-wrapped pergola offers dappled shade until the sun sets, when the string lights will add an intimate glow to a dinner served on nature-inspired dishware.
What to Serve: Spring Pasta Salad with Dill Vinaigrette
For the Love of Lilac
When spring arrives, it’s the perfect time to design a table around your favorite blooms, like this simple setup designed to let the lilac blossoms shine. With a touch of woven fibers and subtle mixed patterns on the linens, nothing more is needed to make a lasting impression!
What to Serve: Summer Berry Fruit Tarts
Bold and Bohemian
Feel like something a little more casual? Forget moving your dining set outside and reach for the pillows, instead! Vibrant floral choices pop atop a table surrounded by neutral tones, setting the stage for an evening that’s sure to be remembered.
What to Serve: Beet and Goat Cheese Tart
Classic and Colorful
Elevate your garden party with timeless touches of gold and delicately detailed china. Topped with an overflowing floral centerpiece, this carefully set table features the best in classic elegance with a twist of vibrant, nature-inspired color.
What to Serve: Roasted Lamb Chops
For an intimate get-together, serving light fare on the porch may be the way to go, and this chinoiserie-inspired setup is a sweet example. A trio of floral offerings add height to the loosely assembled spread, and the timeless patterns on the vases provide that perfect touch of elegance for a finish that shines.
What to Serve: Green Salad with Walnuts and Chicken
Milk glass vases and drinkware reminiscent of Depression glass dress this pink-and-green table in vintage charm, pairing the more elegant elements with a touch of quaint style. For a creative take on the typical floral centerpiece, the stylist opted for a grouping of smaller vases, spreading the beauty from one end of the table to the other.