For any holiday, we like to put just a little energy into tabletop decorations here at Gardenista. For this past Easter, Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves showed us one of her favorite ways to brighten a table quickly with fresh forsythia branches. We think this colorful idea can be recreated for other holidays and festivities as well. Here are Erin’s tips for dressing up a table with this simple floral.
Above: You can find forsythia just about anywhere: florists and grocery stores have forsythia ready for you by the bucketful.
Photographs by Erin Boyle.
Above: The supplies for this bright table setting are simple and easily exchangeable for what you have on hand. For this past Easter, Erin used simple linen napkins, forsythia branches, twine and an upholstery needle, and hollow quail eggs. Fresh flowers are ideal, but if you don’t have access to fresh forsythia branches, you can find pretty good silk replicas online and in craft stores.
Above: Erin purchased a set of 12 hollow quail eggs from a local florist but you can often find them in craft stores. A set of two dozen Hollow Blown Quail Eggs is $22.75 at From the Farm. If you can’t find hollow shells on short notice, quail eggs are commonly sold in Asian markets and specialty food stores. You can use a needle to poke two holes in the shell and blow out the yolks yourself! Just give them a good wash first.
Above: Erin used an upholstery needle to thread thin twine through the two holes in her hollowed-out eggs. The eggs are fairly fragile, so it’s worth it to do this part slowly. Make sure the eye of your needle is small enough to pass through both of the holes easily.
Above: Eric recommends keeping table linens simple enough so that they can be dressed up with something from the garden. These linen napkins are a good starting point. Also, simple, creamy white dishes make for a neutral base as well.
Above: Erin tied her twine twice around a rolled up napkin and finished it with a simple knot. If your egg doesn’t end up exactly in the center, you can carefully slide it along the piece of twine. If you’d like to prepare your napkins ahead of time, tie them loosely, without the forsythia, and then just slide a small length of branch under the twine alongside (or directly underneath) your egg.
Do you love bright color? If so, consider this DIY Macrame Plant Hanger.