How to Set a Simple Spring Table

Decor, How-Tos

Setting a beautiful and simple Spring table to celebrate the season can be quick, fun, and inexpensive. Create a fresh and festive design with pretty pastels, lovely layers, fabulous flowers, and sweet spring touches. I’m so excited to be joining a wonderfully talented group of ladies today sharing Spring decor inspiration with you.

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A simple spring table set with white dishes and pink accents by a pond.

If you have joined me from Midwest Life and Style, didn’t you just love Jen’s beautiful Fern Wreath for Springtime?! I can’t wait to try making one of my own. New to my blog? Welcome! I’m so happy you’re here. Today, I am excited to share with you how I set a simple spring table.

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Now, that we’ve been formally introduced, let’s celebrate spring!

Spring by the Pond

The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and the grass growing. These are sure signs that spring has sprung. It’s also one of the best times of the year (aside from fall) here on the farm. In a couple of months, the heat and humidity will rise in the south, making it less comfortable to spend long periods of time outside. (Unless you love sweating doing the simplest of things, like breathing.)

Therefore, now is the time to enjoy spring and all its splendor. In March, things start coming back to life around the pond. You begin to see tadpoles around the shallows, turtles come out to sun themselves, and ducks swim in the water on and off throughout the day. The quiet sense of excitement and life around the pond this time of year is a beautiful thing.

Black dog looking out over the pond as the sun sets.

In Spring, the pond makes the perfect backdrop for outdoor entertaining. It’s one of our favorite spots to gather, sit, relax, and enjoy the company of family and friends. If you visit the farm in Spring, you better believe we’ll be spending time by the pond. It’s also where I set up my first simple tablescape of the season. 

How to Set a Simple Spring Table

Gathering around the table is all about making the people that come together feel at home and comfortable. Therefore, I like to keep things simple. This simple Spring table was so fun and easy to design. Everything I used to style the table, with the exception of the new bunny accent plates, were things I already had in my cabinets. I’m excited to share my creative process with you. 

Wood chargers, white plates, pink napkins and glass with spring florals ready to be set on the picnic table by the pond.,

Location, location, location

First, it’s important to find the perfect location. For some, this may be a dining room, a breakfast nook, or an outdoor patio. For me, all the beauty around the pond makes for the perfect spring backdrop to enjoy while gathered around the table. The table, in this case, is a picnic table. Last summer we built a picnic table out by the pond. It was the best idea! Now, we use it all the time. My only regret is not building it sooner. However, we have it now, so I was very excited to set my first simple Spring table to share with you today.

Simple spring table set by the pond with ducks in the background.


In keeping with the theme of simplicity this Spring (for me, simplicity is a year-round theme), I used my favorite outdoor “tablecloth,” an inexpensive canvas dropcloth. Create a relaxed and laidback look by draping it over the table length-wise (like a runner) and bunching it up a bit.  Along with the casual canvas drop cloth runner, I used inexpensive light pink cloth napkins. I love using pink in springtime. Oftentimes my spring color palette includes a combination of pink, white, green, and yellow. 

Place Settings

With the “runner” set on the table, it was time to add the dishes. Dishes are a wonderful way to decorate the table. Of course, they’re functional too. If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that I love using white dishes as a base in most of my tablescapes. They add a fresh, bright, and clean look to the table. White dishes are also perfect to build a design from if you are adding color or patterns to the table.  

A simple spring table set with white dishes and pink accents on a picnic table by a pond,


I always start the base of my place settings with a charger plate. Charger plates are not intended to come in contact with the food that will be eaten. Their purpose is to add to the visual effect of the table. They allow servers to easily replace the bowls and plates held on the charger and prevent stains and damage to linens by catching food and spills. I just think they’re pretty.

Wood charger, white plate , and a bunny plate set on the table.

These baroque wood chargers are one of my favorite “go-to” chargers. The wood adds a natural and neutral look to any table. They also go with just about any tablescape theme. 

These are a few more of my favorite neutral chargers that look perfect on a simple tablescape:


When setting a table for every day or a special occasion, white dishes are always a beautiful and simple choice for a base. White dinner plates atop wood chargers add a light and bright look that compliments their natural tone. 

Accent plates are a wonderful way to add a seasonal or holiday touch to the table. This spring, I added sweet and simple black and white bunny accent plates to each dinner plate. 

I had my eye on these fabulous spring accent plates this year too:


Glassware always adds an extraordinary shimmer and shine to any table. I love accenting the color palette of a table setting with tinted glasses. This spring, I mentioned that pink has stolen my heart. I found these reasonably priced pink goblets years ago. They add the perfect touch of pink to the table playing off the sweet pink napkins.

Pink goblets on a table.


Whether you fancy ornate silverware or simple silverware there are so many beautiful options these days. You also aren’t limited to only silver tones. There is gold-tone, brass, bronze, copper, and enamel. That’s just to name a few other options! I set my simple Spring table with my favorite silverware. Not only is the silverware design simple, but they are tumbled so they look beautifully aged too.

Simple spring table set by the pond.

Centerpiece Styling

Now comes the fun part! With the table set, it’s time to design and style the centerpiece. This is my favorite part of designing a tablescape. 

Fresh or faux flowers are always a beautiful way to tie in the color palette or theme of the tablescape. For this simple spring table, I used a large white crock and filled it with white hydrangeas, a variety of pink blooms, and St. John’s Wort. I also styled a smaller white vase with the flowers leftover that didn’t fit in the large crock. 

Floral centerpiece made with white  and pink flowers in white crocks with a glass dish filled with concrete eggs to look like their in a nest.

In a vintage-inspired small candy dish, I added some moss and grapevines to create a “nest” for the concrete eggs I made earlier this season. 

DIY concrete eggs in a glass candy dish with moss and grapevines.

Together, these three pieces made the perfect simple Spring centerpiece for my table. 

Finishing Touches

Finally, with the simple Spring table set, it’s time to add some finishing touches.  I added one individual serving of flowerpot zucchini bread to each place setting. These sweetbreads baked in flower pots make the perfect snack and are a beautiful finishing touch to the table.

Flowerpot zucchini bread on a cake plate.

Time to Gather Round

Now, it’s time to enjoy the beautiful and simple Spring table that you set. Whether you serve breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the table cherish each moment with your loved ones.

A simple spring table set with white dishes and pink accents on a picnic table by a pond.

Thank you for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed the Spring inspiration I shared with you through these tips on how to set a simple Spring table. For more seasonal home decor styling tips, recipes, easy and beautiful DIYs, and gardening fun, I hope you will join me on Pinterest and Instagram too. I look forward to sharing with you there too!

Be sure to go check out my sweet friend Kristin, at White Arrows Home who is sharing how she’s celebrating Spring decorating with thrifted milk glass. Her ideas and inspiration are beautiful!

Don’t forget to check out the incredibly talented ladies listed below. On their fabulous blogs, they are sharing outstanding Spring decor inspiration. You’re going to love it all.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Spring season! 

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More Spring Decor Inspiration:

Spring decor inspiration photos

How to Do a Spring Kitchen Refresh // Pasha is Home

How To Make A Fern Wreath for Springtime // Midwest Life and Style

How to Set a Simple Spring Table // Cali Girl in a Southern World

Spring decor inspiration photos

Spring Decorating with Thrifted Milk Glass // White Arrows Home

How To Make A Flower Arrangement In a Basket // The Tattered Pew

19 Simple Ways to Decorate with Faux Greenery this Spring // Simply 2 Moms

Spring decor inspiration photos

How to Make Beautiful Artificial Floral Arrangements Step-by-Step // Open Doors Open Hearts

A Few Easy Ways To Add Cheerful Spring Decor // Cottage in the Mitten

Spring Dining Room Tablescape // Tater Tots & Jello

Spring decor inspiration photos

Perk up Your Porch : Simple Spring Flower Arrangements in Baskets // Old Barn Company

Farmhouse Spring Home Decor Ideas // She Gave It A Go

Easy Ways to Add Fresh Flowers to your Spring Decor // A Life Unfolding

Farmhouse Porch Ideas for Spring // The Ponds Farmhouse

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  2. Meeghan,
    Your Spring table is just stunning. I love the white hydrangeas mixed with the roses and those adorable bunny plates.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    This looks so beautiful, welcoming and spring like. A wonderful place to gather with friends and family.

  4. Your table is just STUNNING, Meeghan! I love how you used the pots at each place setting too. So clever! I pinned your table to my spring board to share 🙂


  5. Aliya says:

    Meeghan!! I love this tablescape!! It’s gorgeous and over by the pond… it doesn’t get any better than that! We’ve been talking about building s picnic table for a long time. We need to just do it like you guys did!!! Thanks for the inspo!

    • Meeghan says:

      Thank you, Aliya! I’m so happy you love the pond. It’s definitely one of my favorite spots on the farm. Once we finally committed to making the table, it was totally worth it. We use it more than I even thought we would. Y’all should definitely make one too!

  6. Jesica says:

    This is all so gorgeous! So much beautiful inspiration.

  7. Oh Meeghan- I love all of it!! Especially those bunny plates and pink goblets! You always style the best tables ;)!

  8. Libbie says:

    Where do I begin?!?!? Those flowers? The adorable little clay pots? That beautiful view? This is Springtime perfection my friend!

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  12. Tanya Derrey says:

    Sharing a meal outdoors is the best, and your tables tablescape is beautiful:)

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