Fresh Spring Table Setting Ideas
We love botanical designs and color palettes, especially now that Greenery is this year’s Pantone Color of the Year. Incorporating fresh greenery into your home decor is gorgeous in the warmer months, but it can require a lot of maintenance, and it can also get pricey. Our favorite alternative has always been paper botanicals. They will last forever! If you are hosting an upcoming dinner party, here are some ideas for creating an eye-catching spring table setting using paper ferns.
1. Arrange a Botanical Placemat
To embrace the lightness of spring at your next dinner party, try styling a placemat made out of shimmery text weight paper rather than cloth. Using text weight paper from Paper Papers (Aquamarine, Lagoon, Sage and Spearmint), we created a lovely geometric design with ferns that does not distract from the rest of our spring table setting. Rotate the fern leaves so that they are all moving around a circle in the same direction, either clockwise or counter-clockwise. Set the ferns underneath your plates, or add in a rustic looking charger for more texture. There is no need to attach the ferns together, you can simply place them right onto your table!
2. Style your Cloth Napkins
Instead of using an ordinary round napkin ring in your table setting, you can dress up your napkins with botanical and metallic accents. The beauty of fern leaves is that they are whimsical and playful, so they are a fitting design for celebrations. We continued our monochromatic greenery color palette by using turquoise linen napkins. Then we styled a single fern leaf on top of the napkin and tied them together with an off-white ribbon that has gold detailing. If you are using paper ferns in your spring table setting, try to choose a single color that complements your color palette, or keep it monochromatic. Simple and fresh are the qualities we were channeling here.
3. Create a Textural Spring Table Centerpiece
Ferns are a gorgeous addition to any spring centerpiece, but fresh ferns can wilt very easily. If you love having fresh greens in your house, one option is to create an arrangement that mixes real botanicals with paper ones. Combining the two can result is fabulous visual texture that is impressively unique and original. Pick out some low-maintenance greens like salal or eucalyptus, then cut out your paper ferns onto some pretty frosted paper. This is also a great opportunity for elevating a monochromatic color palette. Or, cut out your paper leaves onto metallic colors like gold or copper for an extra pop of warmth. For more inspiration on using paper ferns in a centerpiece, read our tips for styling a fresh greenery table runner.
The simplest way to add botanical accents into your spring or summer decor is with a potted paper plant. It will last forever and you can move them around to style any room in the house. Check out our crepe paper flower projects, or browse our DIY home decor projects to find more easy ways to spruce up your living space. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for daily glimpses of DIY inspiration, or head over to our membership page to join our crafting community. Enjoy! ~ Lia & team
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I would love to know the names/brands of the teal and green papers you used for picture number 1.
Hi Claire, I just updated the post with links to the specific papers!
Lia, I wanted to cut a minature fern to place under a cloche. Do you know how small can I make the leaves before it will be unable for my Cricut to cut w/out tearing the paper?
Ooh lovely! I’m not too sure how small you can go, it really depends on several things (the type of paper you’re using, how sharp your blade is) so you might want to try a few test cuts. I’ve kept mine around 6″ long.
The ferns are so lovely. I’ve cut a bunch out of some subtlety patterned wallpaper in shades of bronze, loden green and moss to use as a background for my holiday table centerpiece.