How to Throw a (Minimal) Spring Dinner Party Just in Time for Mother’s Day

How to throw a (minimal) spring dinner party just in time for Mother's Day. #spring #dinnerparty #entertaining #springentertaining

Spring is here and Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so I wanted to share a spring themed tablescape that doubles as a Mother’s Day brunch idea.

As usual, there were a handful of DIY elements that made putting together this more minimal tablescape a reality. So I’ll explain exactly how I put everything together for this after the jump. Click through for more.

How to throw a (minimal) spring dinner party just in time for Mother's Day. #spring #dinnerparty #entertaining #springentertaining

Find Your Light! My favorite tip for dinner parties is to choose the room with the best light, especially for spring and summer when it stays light out so much longer. Even if it means that you have to move a few furniture pieces (not that you HAVE to or anything).

On a nice day, I have been known to bring an indoor dining table outdoors if need be – which may or may not make me crazy. TBD. But the point here is that with a minimal tablescape, giving guests something else to focus on (like the beautiful view) is super helpful in creating good vibes / party ambience.

How to throw a (minimal) spring dinner party - mix and match dinnerware to create a casual, cool vibe. #spring #dinnerparty #entertaining #springentertaining

Mix and Match! I love mixing and matching tableware for parties. And it’s especially practical for large groups – because who really have 15 of the same plates anyway, right?! So for this party, I used my basic white plates (that I use a lot) as the base plate, then a smaller pink specialty plate on top, and then a teeny tiny handmade ceramic plate on top of that.

Is that too many plates?! Probably. BUT you can do it anyway you’d like, and I’m partial to this look because it feels layered but not overly stuffy or fancy. To add something a little different, I used vintage silverware, which had really interesting ornate engravings, to balance out the simplicity of the plates. And then used striped linen napkins that felt casual and light to balance the formalness of legit silverware.

How to throw a (minimal) spring dinner party - add flowers from the grocery store to empty pitchers or vases as centerpieces. #spring #dinnerparty #entertaining #springentertaining

Flower Power! If you’ve been following along here for any amount of time, you know that I NEVER forget the flowers at a dinner party. With a minimal setup like this one, the flowers can really shine and they’re super easy to put together.

There are so many beautiful, seasonal flowers available in the spring, so they should be easy to find locally…even at the grocery store. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods usually have the best flower selection in terms of grocery options.

How to throw a (minimal) spring dinner party - create leather place cards for guests. #spring #dinnerparty #entertaining #springentertaining

The Name Game! For informal dinner parties, place cards are totally unnecessary. BUT I almost always add them (and people can switch seats to wherever they want) just so everyone has a little something withe their name on it. I think it makes guests feel special.

These leather place cards are a simple DIY. Just cut pieces of leather down to size (if the leather is thick, wet it first to soften and make it easier to cut) and add each person’s first name with a paint pen.

How to throw a (minimal) spring dinner party - drink up! #spring #dinnerparty #entertaining #springentertaining

Drink Up! What’s a good dinner party without some wine, right? Just make sure to pick up a couple of options for guests (since some will prefer red over white and vice versa…or opt for something light and springy, like a light rosé.

How to throw a (minimal) spring dinner party - add flowers (they can even be from the grocery store). #spring #dinnerparty #entertaining #springentertaining

How to throw a (minimal) spring dinner party just in time for Mother's Day. #spring #dinnerparty #entertaining #springentertaining

How to throw a (minimal) spring dinner party just in time for Mother's Day. #spring #dinnerparty #entertaining #springentertaining

How to throw a (minimal) spring dinner party just in time for Mother's Day. Click through for all the DIY ideas. #spring #dinnerparty #entertaining #springentertaining

Got any plans for a spring dinner party of your own? What are your tips for throwing a minimal / effortless get-together?


10 comments | Click here to reply

Hi Khosi! The cutlery is vintage. 🙁 Wish I had a source to share.


That cutlery is amazing, where can I find it?


Why in the earth haven’t I thought of flowers as a mother’s day gift!? Maybe that’s because I was so focused on the cake HAHAHAHA. Anyways, these flowers look so stunning. Cheers to you! :0

Kyla Jocson

I really love the decoration of the house, It’s remind to movies.

Albert Brine

Thanks so much Joice. 🙂


Love the color combo, and the flowers arrangement are stunning! XO

Joice J

Thanks Michelle. Flowers are my always my jam for entertaining.


How beautiful, especially with the flower arrangements!


Thanks Courtney. Can’t go wrong with flowers, right?!


I love everything! The flowers look so pretty.

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