Setting the table for a special occasion starts with a beautiful tablecloth. This one is an investment, but the pastel edging is subtle enough for it to be trotted out through spring and into summer. In a cotton-linen blend, it will wash well and can become a table linen you can have for decades, so long as you commit to cleaning stains immediately. Easter Jacquard tablecloth, Williams-Sonoma, from $235.
Matte blue, creams and white
Not everything has to be petal pink and baby blue to evoke springtime. An Easter table can be set with darker, matte shades for even more intensity and depth. Creams, whites, blues and lavenders are a sophisticated twist on the light shades we associate with this season. Whimsical, seasonal items like egg cup holders and bowls featuring bunnies can be contrasted with seductively matte dishware. Bunny bowls, egg cup holder, Indigo, from $6.
You need not be too matchy-matchy when it comes to pastels on the table. If the thought of six pink tumblers sounds way too twee for your liking, mix them up with a variety of lightened up hues for a less formal vibe. Hobstar glassware add a vintage, sparkling touch to an Easter table, but can also be pressed into use any time of the year. Decorated Hobstar glassware, West Elm, $25 per set of 4.