With spring comes Easter, and the typical array of seasonal décor: Stores tout pastel colors and cutesy bunnies until it feels sacrilegious not to have either in your home. It's a holiday climate that is rarely innovative.
But for one Greek couple that made a home for themselves in Atlanta, Georgia, Easter is not a time for overdone pastels. It’s not a time for rabbits. It’s a time to celebrate deep-rooted traditions — but that doesn’t mean the aesthetic of the day’s festivities needs to look outdated.
When the couple planned an Orthodox Easter luncheon of roasted lamb, tsoureki bread, spinach pie and red eggs (hand-dyed using only yellow onion skins), they approached the tablescape with the same attention to detail that went into the feast. With the help of , the tablescape was transformed into a collection of springtime delights showcasing both contemporary style and important tokens of tradition.
“We decorated the luncheon in cheery colors and flowers of spring with lemons and oranges added to the displays,” says Amy Saltzman, the designer behind Alchemy Event Studio. “We also used Greek key patterns on the linens and the very iconic evil eyes wherever we could.”
The table linens, from , were crucial for anchoring the table with a traditional design that could also err contemporary. The bright aqua hue of the linen brightens the table without resorting to the season's exhausted baby blues, and draws attention to the center of the table. It also sets the tone for the table's multitude of colorful blooms, arranged in textured white vases and adorned with evil eyes (symbols meant to protect against bad luck or injury).
This attention to vibrant hues trades the typical flouncy color scheme of the holiday for something more sophisticated, more celebratory and more vibrant — an awakening from tired, cliché trends. The chandelier above the table is even adorned with a crown of greenery, flowers and fruits, effortlessly evoking the charms of spring all around.
Simple flatware and glassware keep the eyes on the table decor's color, while offering a practical sense of refined elegance. Besides, the family has two children, and this isn’t the time to delicately handle servingware. It’s the time to be joyful together.
“The family always has a big, full Easter celebration with friends and family — some Greek, many not, and people of all faiths,” says Saltzman. “Everyone comes together to celebrate.”
And with a beautiful luncheon table like this, it’s all the easier to do just that. Swipe up to see more from this splendid Easter soirée.