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April 19, 2014

Tablescape décor for Easter

Setting a beautiful table is both an art and a science. How you put those vignettes together and still have room to eat is a real engineering feat. We’ve found some great tablescape ideas for your Easter table. Take a look at these inventive ideas from the “Tablescape Lady” and let your imagination soar!  

A word about our “Tablescape Lady” Phyllis Stanko. Phyllis does the most marvelous tablescapes imaginable. Her garden bench blog was noticed by one of the editors of Women’s Day last year. It resulted in a national magazine spread for Phyllis.

She is married with two grown daughters and a husband. “He still works as partner in a management consultation firm even though he has multiple sclerosis,” said Phyllis. “I’ve always loved interior design, always loving the newest trends in home decorating, finding the perfect item that was in my price point,” she said enthusiastically.

Phyllis was a hotel catering manager for several hotels. “After retiring I was diagnosed with lung cancer, I had a lobe removed and am cancer free for five years!”

While she was recovering, her daughter, Michelle, suggested that Phyllis start her own blog. After a ton of prodding, Michelle showed Phyllis all the technicalities of starting a blog, and thus, aroundrhouse.blogspot.com was born.

“I do have many dishes, not a lot of sets though,” explained Phyllis. “I am always inspired by a cute centerpiece or a special pattern. I have many pieces from my mom after she passed away (she also had a love of beautiful dishes).I like pairing different dishes and colors and styles...it is a creative way to tablescape with very little money. You can find beautiful things at some at the Goodwill or the Salvation Army stores or a garage sale,” Phyllis suggests. “One of the appealing things to me I that you can make a beautiful table no matter what your budget is,” she said.

“I think it is more about the blogging for me because, it is like having your own magazine except you have to find or make a subject, write your article and do all the photography, then post it and hope some one reads it!” she laughed. “I especially love tablescapes with unique, unexpected things at each place setting; it seems to make each guest feel special. Easter is a fun one with all the cute rabbits and chickies.”

You can take Phyllis’s examples and work with what you have in your own collections. You might have several of your children’s stuffed Easter bunnies to place on the table, or maybe you have found some really cute Easter eggs at a discount store.

Phyllis suggests using mix and match dishes for an eclectic look, which is a great idea, especially if you have odd dishes that you just can’t bare to part with. Pastel blues, pinks, yellows, apricots and greens will pull together with other common items, such as matching stemmed goblets or folded napkins in one of the pastel colors.

Having something special at each place setting is one of Phyllis’s trademarks. She has a collection of unique napkin rings, placemats, pitchers and platters with which to start her holiday themes.

As you look at her artistry, note how it all works together. Its the little details that make Phyllis such a whiz with tablescapes.

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