Spring was in the air, and I loved it. Last Saturday, we had bright sunshine and temperatures in the mid-sixties. When you live in the northeast during the winter, sunshine and warmth are things to celebrate! New Englander’s embrace the few, rare days of sun and warmth during the wintertime. We head outside for fresh air, roll our windows down in the car, and enjoy the feeling of the sun on our skin. I think it’s natures way of giving us hope that as with most things, nothing lasts forever, even winter. Mother Nature did quickly bring us back to reality when she gave us a snow storm the following day, dumping a bunch of the white stuff in the northeast. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in New England and the four seasons we have. However, after a day of flaunting a vest and some slip on shoes and not having to worry about throwing on a thick winter jacket to leave the house or cranking the heat in the house and the car to stay warm, I am craving all things spring. While I can’t control Mother Nature and when spring will truly arrive, I can bring the feeling and the warmth of spring to the inside of our home.
I created this super simple tablescape or in this case I should say “islandscape” to start to bring that feeling of spring into our home. Tablescapes do not need to be elaborate or fancy, they can be as simple or as complicated as you would like. Lately, I’ve been leaning more to the simpler side with my décor. For me and my anxious mind, simple is calming and in some ways can be more beautiful and impactful. Tablescapes are not just for tables, they can be for kitchen islands or other surfaces too. Our family congregates around the kitchen island most of the time, so I always have something styled on our island to brighten up and add coziness to our kitchen.
Most of the items I styled in this tablescape were items we already had in our home. All that was purchased for this were the flowers along with a couple of items to bake the muffins. For any tablescape, you want to make sure you have height and texture. For height, I decided to use white pitchers as the vessels for the flowers. The flowers I purchased were white tulips along with white ranunculus. These looked beautiful and fresh in the store and fit the spring vibes I was going for. What screams spring more than fresh Tulips! You can purchase whichever flowers you love and look the freshest in the store that week. I added the taller tulips to the bigger, taller pitcher and the smaller more delicate ranunculus to the shorter, stout pitcher.
For another element of height, I added a covered cake stand full of lemon blueberry muffins. The covered cake stand will keep your muffins fresh and allows anyone craving carbs to grab one (and that is typically me!). I love muffins. I am not sure that I have ever found a muffin that I did not love. My favorite store bought muffin is chocolate chip and my favorite homemade muffin is blueberry. I have been on a homemade blueberry muffin kick the past few weeks. Each time a batch is gone, I have to make another one. I wish I could say I bake my blueberry muffins from scratch, but this busy momma just doesn’t have them time! I take the help from the store when ever I can get it. I do have my go to, favorite mixes and currently I am loving the blueberry muffin mix from Trader Joe’s. It is easy to whip up and tastes like the muffins were made from scratch. To take these blueberry muffins to the next level and to make them a little more “spring like” I added the zest of a lemon and about a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. I also added a handful of fresh blueberries to the mix and sprinkled them on top of the muffins before baking.
Now that we have our larger items for the tablescape (large & small pitchers of flowers and cake stand filled with muffins), it is time to create our tablescape. To group the items together, I love to use a cutting board or a bread board as the base for the tablescape. The wooden base adds texture and height to the surface of the counter. Add the pitchers and cake stand to the wooden base, add small plates & linen napkins for the muffins, and you have a simple, easy, and beautiful tablescape perfect for the start of spring!
I hope this tablescape gets you into the spirit of spring like it did for me and our home! I am looking forward to warmer weather in the months ahead, but for now, I will have to rely on the spring vibes I create in our home to keep us warm and cozy. How do you add spring vibes to your home? Are you looking forward to spring as much as I am? Let me know by leaving a comment, I would love to hear from you!
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P.S. Did you notice that some of these photos had more lemon blueberry muffins than others?! If so, your eyes did not deceive you! Muffins were being eaten between the taking of the photos…I will however, not name names.