Our Top Tips for Fabulous Easter Entertaining

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Williams-Sonoma stylist Rebecca Robertson's Easter entertaining tips!

An elegant Easter dinner is the ultimate springtime celebration. Inspired by the colorful table in our latest catalog, we asked our stylist Rebecca Robertson to share her top tips for creating a beautiful Easter gathering at home. Here, she explains how to pull it off with fresh accents, creative layering and a touch of playful charm.

Rebecca Robertson’s Rules for Fabulous Easter Entertaining


Easter Entertaining TipsMix and match patterns. But stay in the same color family, says Rebecca. “Soft pastels mix well with one another.” She likes white, pale blues and natural tans for Easter, plus pops of springy green and yellow.


Play with contrasting textures. “I love mixing textures on a table—it add richness and depth,” she says. “Here, the rustic chargers are a nod to the Easter nests and more natural textures that echo the basket weave on the plates.”


Combine old and new. Don’t be afraid to incorporate special Easter pieces in with your everyday ones, but again, stick with a specific color scheme. Rebecca loves mixing white and cream pieces on the same table, especially with a centerpiece or another special item (like our bunny serving pieces).


Easter Entertaining Tips

Keep it functional. Choose a few special pieces to focus on so you don’t overwhelm the table, Rebecca advises. “Make sure you leave room for the food!” Think about height; guests should easily be able to see each other.


Serve family style. “I want my guests to have everything they need at their setting, but not so many forks, knives and glasses that they are confused,” she says. “I like to serve family style because it forces people to pass dishes and interact with one another.”


Display decorated eggs. Rebecca’s tip: “Set them in a beautiful big bowl at the table. You can also nestle them in a nest at each place setting.”



Pick cheerful, unfussy flowers. “Small daisies are lovely for Easter entertaining,” says Rebecca. “Ranuculus are a beautiful spring flower—they come in white an colors—and wildflowers feel informal and sweet.” She recommends placing them in a big white pitcher or in mason jars scattered around the table.


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Happy host, happy guests. The most important thing you can do to make people feel at home and relaxed at your table is be relaxed yourself, says Rebecca. “Be organized. Lay out your serving dishes ahead of time, and set the table the night before. Take time to think of your seating plan so that you yourself can be relaxed and spend time with your guests.”


What are your plans for Easter? Share them with us below.


23 comments about “Our Top Tips for Fabulous Easter Entertaining

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  2. Jan Yeager

    A small thing, but it caught my eye in an instant: the silverware pictured with this email opening page is out-of-order. Yes, it may be an effort towards creativity, but it’s not in line with proper etiquette re table settings.

      1. Paula Ainsworth

        Smaller salad fork goes closest to the dinner plate. Remember you work outward from the plate.

    1. Jeannine

      Jan, I can’t see the error. Could you please share what it is so I don’t make the same mistake?

      1. Paula Ainsworth

        Hold on, morning fog. Just the opposite of what I previously posted. You work inward. So, I don’t see the mistake either. Other than missing pieces.

      2. wendy

        The basic rule is: Utensils are placed in the order of use; that is, from the outside in. A second rule, with only a few exceptions, is: Forks go to the left of the plate, and knives and spoons go to the right. And finally, only set the table with utensils you will use. No soup; no soup spoon.
        Table Setting Guides – The Emily Post Institute, Inc.

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  4. lilyann

    All I see is your missing a fork at the setting that you still have the napkin rolled up.

  5. Renee'

    Oh my word, this is a table setting to show the items they sell. The napkin was left on the table to show the design. This poor designer was picked apart. It is a lovely table setting. Now of you are invited to my Eastern dinner!!

  6. Irene

    The setting is beautiful. Table is set correctly. Napkin on the left. Using utensils from the outside in towards the plate as used, except the knife is always next to the plate with the sharp edge facing the plate. The rolled up item looks like a gift popper that is done at holiday time. Lovely.

  7. Cindy Dabback

    I don’t care what side forks, napkins, etc go. It’s still so beautiful. My friends don’t care; it’s the getting together and having fun that matters.

  8. Connie

    My mother taught me to arrange silverware working from outside towards the plate with sharp edge of knife always facing towards the plate. At 88 she still rules her home so think I will let those with different opinions fight it out. But I know Mom is always right!

  9. Connie

    I forgot the most important part….The table setting is beautiful! So when is dinner☺?

  10. Maria

    There is nothing wrong with the table setting, silverware is in the right place as it should be. Table setting is absolutely lovely, it inspired me to purchase the plates. Great Job!

  11. Cathy

    Good golly people, get a life!!!!! As one comment stated, it’s a display and a beautiful one at that. I’m heading out now to pick up my bunny runner for my buffet table and it’s 30% off. I’m one lucky gal!!!!

  12. Angela Korbl

    I do not see anything wrong .The designer intended to convey a mood, a general feeling–using William Sonoma’s merchandise . I have this tablecloth – and I do not care for busy patterns- but I chose this piece bec. it does make us feel fresh, happy, the coming of the new season, a renewal( all of that). I would be a happy lady to be served at the above table –once at least—when I do not have to do the cooking/ serving myself. Happy Easter to Everyone !!!!

  13. Pattyjean

    But what do you do if you are eating European style. . . That is, having the salad after the main course? W the dinner fork go on the outside, and salad fork on inside?


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