Brighten a Table with Springtime Forsynthia

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.

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Cynthia Blais
cynthia l4 years ago

Spring is in the air and what better symbol than sunny yellow. forsythia I'll leave off the quail egg thanks to Lydia

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you.

Kristine Huff
Kristine H4 years ago

My forsythia just started to bloom-beautiful-I love it! Thanks for the idea.

Les M.
Les M4 years ago

I love forsythia. if you don't have much space, after it flowers you can trim it down to a couple of feet and it'll grow the next year. my mom has had hers forever. great plant!

Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago

Mine are not blooming also seemes to me they were decorating with eggs and not Forsynthia

Christine Stewart


Ken W.
Ken W4 years ago


Irene S.
Irene S4 years ago

Still not blooming here.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Emelie Hangsel
Past Member 4 years ago

A have a funny story when it comes to forsythia... :-)
I had two bunnies that spent a lot of time hanging out in the garden. One of them grew very fond of chewing the forsythia bark.. After a couple of years, the shrub took a strange form.

(Marge Simpson's hairdo :-) Now we call it "The Simpson-shrub".