Inside: How to set a lovely spring English garden table inspired by Old Country Roses china and enchanting English roses. ➡
My springtime table-setting muse is quite a dish.
One of my favorite parts of preparing for spring every year is pulling out my mother-in-law’s treasured Old Country Roses china. The English cottage roses that ring these dishes are so lovely and elegant, just like she was.
Since pink and yellow are traditional colors of spring, and flowers are the very symbol of spring, this china and its color palette are made for a spring garden table.
So these dishes became my tablescape inspiration to create an English garden Easter dinner table.
And special occasion spring meals like Easter are the perfect time to let them shine.
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What is Old Country Roses china?
If you’re not familiar with Royal Albert’s Old Country Roses, it was introduced in the 1960s and remains one of the most popular china patterns to this day, with its colorful pink and yellow blossoms.
Can’t you just see it set for afternoon tea in an English garden on a beautiful springtime day?
How to set an elegant English garden tablescape.
The English garden table centerpiece.
Because the English countryside is known for its beautiful flowers, I created a literal interpretation of the Old Country Roses pattern with faux pink and yellow roses.
But instead of a traditional floral arrangement, the center of the table is lined with a “deconstructed” arrangement for a more casual feel. Because we’re going for “English gardens”, not “English stuffy”.😂
- First, I lined the entire middle of the dining room table with stems of faux dried eucalyptus greenery (similar).
- Next, I wove in light-colored botanicals for dimension. And I included the brighter greenery from the pink rose picks from Michaels that I cut apart.
- Then I finished the arrangement by tucking in the pink and yellow faux flowers throughout.
- Since every special occasion dinner should have candlelight, I also nestled in my heirloom silver candlesticks and some mercury glass votives.
The floral arrangement sits atop this Pottery Barn Mason table runner. It’s not the cheapest table runner out there, but it goes with almost any tablescape with its natural color and great texture so I use it a ton. Plus it’s 108″ long which I need to span this long dining table.
To fill the table surface even further, I laid out bands of fabric that matched the color scheme in the opposite direction. I’ve had this pretty pastel buffalo check faux silk fabric (similar to this) for years and it’s come in handy many a time to set a spring tablescape.
After the florals and greenery were in place, in came a buffet of bunnies to the centerpiece!
This large brown bunny rabbit went in the center on a white platter surrounded by greenery and roses. He’s actually a garden statue and I like the rustic quality he brings to the table (pun intended?🤔)
Because my dining table is long, I added a cake pedestal on each end with a collection of faux chocolate Easter bunnies nested in a bit of moss.
Don’t they look tempting? Don’t sneak and try and bite off an ear or you’ll be sorry.
This faux chocolate bunny craft is a great way to reuse old Easter figurines or finds from thrift stores!
The Spring English garden table place settings.
The Old Country Roses china surrounds the table in pink and yellow splashes of color. Since it’s the star, I used inexpensive chargers from Hobby Lobby as a white background under the dinner plates to give the china the spotlight.
I alternated this white doily charger style:
With this scalloped charger:
I’ve been surprised how much I’ve used these and I think they were only $1.99 each – I even made them into a wall decor craft at Christmas!
And the final spring garden tablescape tablescape special touch? The bunny-shaped linen napkins with a gold Easter egg tucked inside, ready to be filled with a little surprise Easter treat for each guest.
See how to make this quick and easy bunny napkin fold.
When is the best time to set an English garden tablescape?
This particular table was set for Easter, but this theme would make a gorgeous tablescape would be a perfect way to make these special:
- Garden party
- Mother’s Day
- Tea party
- Bridal shower
- Baby shower
- Ladies luncheon
- Feminine birthday dinner
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My mother-in-law loved to collect dishes and yes, she took flack from the men in our family who just don’t “get” that you need all of the pretty dishes. And she had a lot. But this set and her Blue Willow were her two absolute favorites, so it warms my heart that she entrusted me with her beloved china while she was still alive.
I hope the final result is a table my mother-in-law would be proud of with the dishes that she cherished.
How I wish she would be sitting at it with us this Easter, but this tablescape brings back so many memories of this fun Southern lady!!💗
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