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4 Spring Staples for Your Cottage Table
With most of the country still feeling the freezing winds of winter, the time is ripe for a dose of springtime cheer. Set your table with spring in mind and get a jump start on the season of blooms and bright colors. The best part? No matter the temperature outside, all you need are four simple and easily accessible staples.
Written by Sarah Jane O'Keefe
Photography by Bret Gum
Setting a spring table is as easy as 1-2-3-4! Beat the winter blues and bring a little spring to your table with these simple staples.

1. Greenery

Nothing says spring quite like flowers and greenery, so bring it to the table! Turn a glass jar into a fabulous succulent display and enjoy the richness of the earth at dinnertime. This easy project will make you feel as though you have a personal jar of springtime in your home. If getting fresh blooms isn’t an option, head to your local craft store and pick up some high-quality fake flowers. Use a simple vase or jar for a springtime-casual look.

2. Glass and wood

This covered cheese dish is the perfect example of rustic charm. Spring marks a new season of appreciation for nature’s beauty, which makes this the perfect time to showcase natural elements. Bring a little wood and a little glass to the table for a casual and fuss-free setting. For larger dishes and desserts, try a DIY display. Purchase a larger round of wood at a craft or home improvement store and use a cake stand lid to cover a display of cupcakes, pile of cookies or basket of rolls.

3. Colorful linens

Give your springtime decor a base by laying out linens with touches of bright, happy colors. Ditch the heavy tablecloth and opt for a runner or place mats that also allow for a little extra exposed wood, giving your table a more rustic look. This runner offers neutral tones that prevent it from stealing the show or overpowering the table with too much color.

4. Mismatched dishes

Complete your casual springtime table with all of your favorite dishes. Layer white dishes with pretty patterns and mix in cheery prints and soft hues for a fun look that brings the beauty of spring’s colors indoors. This look is a great way to combine vintage favorites, family heirlooms and bargain finds for a cottage style tablescape.