Liedtke employs another simple color palette for this elegant Mother’s Day tablescape, which displays quintessential spring flowers like white French tulips as the centerpieces. “I love how sculptural they are, even with just one bloom in a vase,” Liedtke says. “It’s easy and chic; you can cut things from your own yard or just buy one bouquet from the store.” Another tip of hers is to store finger foods and sweets like macarons in bowls around the table. It’s a sweet gesture for guests, and also “one less thing to think about when cooking,” she says.
Cozy it up with candles
This fetching tablescape is featured in the forthcoming book Joie: A Parisian’s Guide to Celebrating the Good Life by Ajiri Aki—the founder of French lifestyle brand Madame de la Maison. Aki notes that she’s drawn to pastel palettes for spring, like the Ladurée-esque greens and pinks seen here. “You can mix all shades and almost can’t go wrong,” Aki muses. Another tip that she shares from her book is to sprinkle your table with petals from flowers that are dried or past their prime. She writes there, “It’s romantic and a tad messy, but very dramatic, and it makes the table look special.”
Keep it classic
Refael Zuraivin, co-founder and creative director of Tableau, was inspired by ancient Rome for this spread that’s steeped in classical imagery. The primary focus is the brand’s blue and white tablecloth, a stain-proof linen in case the festivities get rowdy, which was paired with 16 different complementary napkin designs from its Flying Over Rome collection. Gatherings of fruit and flowers combine to create a scene that Zuraivin describes as “loose but still elegant, and heavy but still light, all at the same time.”