Decorating your table for a garden party

Apr 1, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Ever wished you could create a tablescape like the ones you pine after on Pinterest? Stop wishing and start creating your own dream garden party tablescape on a budget and a time crunch with this fun how-to.

You don't have to be an expert party planner or even a stylist to create a dreamy, magazine-worthy tablescape, especially in spring, with the bright colors of the fresh produce and seasonal blooms. So have some fun with your decorating and fool all your friends into thinking you're Martha!

Play with colorful blooms

Play with colorful blooms

Since spring is all about the bright, gorgeous flowers, why not let those do the talking in your centerpieces and place settings? To keep your look elegant and less like a cluttered birthday party, stick to just a few different color schemes like we did. We chose a big, lush bouquet of white hydrangeas for the main centerpiece and then added a few smaller vases of pretty lilac roses to supplement it with some color. Match your napkins and place cards to the colors of your blooms to keep things classy and symmetrical.

Keep place settings simple

Keep place settings simple

Since you want your garden bouquets and blooms to sing, keep your place settings, vases and glasses simple. We used matching white ruffle plates, antique silverware and bright napkins to tie in the bright colors in the flowers in the small vases. To avoid a messy look, forgo patterned placemats and opt for a simple table runner, like the burlap one we used, or white lace doilies.

Add fun, rustic & shabby elements

Add fun, rustic and shabby elements

Let your tablescape match your personality by adding some flavor to each place setting. To add additional oomph, we decorated each napkin with a gorgeous pink clay petal flower, which you can make with this easy DIY! We also added a fun personal chalkboard menu to each setting, which guests can decorate or write on themselves once the food has been served. To add a rustic vibe to each place setting, we tied the napkins with twine and set the plates on a burlap table runner.

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