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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Set for Spring

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Feb 28, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Set for SpringSpring can’t get here fast enough (and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way!). If it doesn’t warm up soon, you can at least start planning a colorful Easter table setting! 

Nothing says spring like fresh flowers, especially tulips. For this Easter table I bought 2 dozen in shades of pink and white. Instead of the usual vase, look for a fish bowl with a large opening. Insert a water glass in the middle and fill in the space around it with jelly beans. The glass holds the flowers and water and keeps the candy dry. 

set for springEach place setting is a basic white plate and wine glass (always in abundance at Goodwill). You can also find napkins and napkin rings. You just have to be on the look-out every time you shop. You never know what you’ll find.

set for springThe bunny ears napkin is just a few simple folds:

  • set for springTurn a square napkin on the diagonal with a corner at the top and the bottom.

  • Fold top corner (B) down a third of the way and fold the bottom corner (A) up a third of the way.

  • Bring up points C and D toward center and pull through a napkin ring.

  • Bend the points to look like bunny ears.

I made the placemats from a couple of curtain valances I found at Goodwill. I cut each piece 16” x 22” (includes a 1” seam allowance on each side). Then cut a piece of interfacing 14” x 20” and sew into the seam allowance.The interfacing gives the mat some weight.

Have fun with your spring or Easter table setting. Send me a photo of what you came up with.

Topics: Home interior, home interior expert, Merri Cvetan