Easter Table Setting with Xanthe Berkeley

Easter’s the perfect time to sit down with family. There’s the rare luxury of a four-day weekend to slow down and unwind, meaning a leisurely pace best suited to preparing and then devouring a family sized feast.

In search of some Easter table inspiration, we asked photographer, videographer and general maker of beautiful things Xanthe Berkeley to dream up—and then serve up—a snapshot of what she has planned for this year’s decorations.

Xanthe’s winning formula stars a duck egg colour scheme and a bright scene change for dessert. To see how she pulled it all together, plus her thoughts on one of her favourite holidays, watch and read on.

Join us as Xanthe talks us through the close-up detail of her Easter table…

  • “Easter is one of my favourite celebrations. It’s the start of spring, the days are getting longer and brighter, and the four day weekend means life can really slow down.”

  • “Often weekends are spent rushing around with chores to do or getting the boys off to their social engagements, so the chance for us to all sit down together is pretty special. That’s why I enjoy taking time to lay the table in a beautiful way.”

  • “This year, I’ve gone for a duck egg blue theme across the dinnerware, breaking it all up with understated colour and texture touches like pink glassware and wood platters.”

  • “To elevate the whole experience I’ve decorated the table with a gorgeous cloth and fabric napkins, adding pretty spring blooms that I picked up from Achillea Flowers in vintage vases. All of the elements work together to make this family time feel as precious as it is.”

  • “A simple menu of Butternut Squash soup and baguette, followed by roast chicken, potatoes & salad means less time in the kitchen and more time around the table enjoying each other’s company.”

  • “The pared back menu is perfect displayed on ornate serveware and dinnerware.”

  • “The boys love using tall glasses and flutes for their fruit juice when we sit down to dinner—it makes them feel all grown up!”

  • “For dessert I’ve brightened the pastels up with pops of yellow and pink and cute illustrations of exotic animals—not quite the Easter bunny but they’re too nice not to be welcomed into the menagerie!”