It's Easter! I love this holiday because it's a harbinger of spring and warm weather - and you really don't have to go crazy buying a million gifts like you do at Christmas time. It's just a lovely holiday that you share with your family and friends.
It's a great time for decorating...so I thought I'd share some great ideas for tablescapes and more. I'l be sharing some great places to buy last minute gifts and decorations also.
With Easter table settings, you can express your creativity - and more is more. So bring out your pastel tablecloths (a soft pastel paisley tablecloth would be great!) and napkins, white dinnerware and cups - and head over to Michael's for some inexpensive faux daisies, forsythia etc. Check out the wedding aisle for some tulle and other fabrics that you can fill an inexpensive vase with - and you're on your way.
Oh - and don't forget some pastel M&Ms and other goodies!
An "aerial view" of the tablescape by Courtney & Phronsie Dial from CourtneyOutLoud blog
If you would like a more vibrant way to dress your table, this setting (in my favorite color combination of green and orange) would be right up your Easter alley. A clear glass vase with cloth carrots is a creative centerpiece. I adore the dog topiary with the orange and white bow! If you have some patience and time, you could make one from a foam model and then stick faux greenery through it. Add a checkered tablecloth and white plates (love the square ones used here), personalized orange and white Easter baskets with name tags - plus some white tulips (faux or real) in milkglass vases and you have a beautiful setting...ready for guests.
Courtney & Phronsie Dial from CourtneyOutLoud blog
Courtney & Phronsie Dial from CourtneyOutLoud blog
You could also add these little numbers of you are a great baker. My friend and dynamo realtor - Dianne Scalza of Netter Real Estate in West Islip NY could whip these up in a heartbeat. She is such a talented baker - among other things. And probably as I am writing this, she is whipping up some conconctions. If so, I'll add them to this blog! But even if you're not a baker - how easy are those skewered Nabisco's Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies. I could do that! You could also just add your own creative toppings to a plain cupcake!
Susan Herrin from the blog BetweenNapsonthePorch
Continuing with the green theme - but adding more kid flair, add some decorated egss on faux grass in pastel colors on a plate...with a beautiful plush bunny as the centerpiece. Use colorful plates, green napkins, placemats and stemware - and a colorful cookie to greet your guests.
If you are looking for a more ethereal, natural tablescape - here is a great inspiration for you. Use a clear, glass vase and take some curly willow or some long, bare twigs from your yard and add some beautiful butterflies to it here and there. I purchased some great, inexpensive ones from Michael's around Christmas time - hopefully they still have them. But you could use clip on birds or bees - anything natural would do to attach to the branches. In smaller clear vases, add some white flowers and have some curly willow flowing from the centers or sides.
This is a fun and easy tablescape to do. A natural runner is the starting point, with a serving tray with with a bed of straw (or you could use faux grass), with a wire bunny, eggs - and for fun - some faux ants! The surrounding plates are easy - with a napkin folded underneath the teacup filled with a pear - or you could have colored eggs or candy. I see that the faux ant makes an appearance on one of the cups as well. Hanging from a chandelier could be an egg wreath with grapevine wound around it. You could place a bunny on either side of the table as well.
All images above are from HGTV where you'll find other ideas as well.
You might want to shop for some other goodies and fun items (or perhaps get crafty and make some things for you and your family). Here are some great. last-minute ideas...
Some decoupage eggs from Pottery Barn
Some copper cookie cutters from Sur la Table
Some decoupage eggs from CatnipStudio.com
Easter egg candles from Pier 1
Egglings from Urban Outfitters - which have herbs in them...how lovely on a windowsill
A pretty basket for the chocolate lover from Red Envelope
Don't forget your four legged friend with this Hop-A-Long outfit from Etsy
Some Mommy & Me matching aprons from Sur La Table
|Some Easter Bunny glasses from CB2|
These are just a few ideas for you to consider - so use your imagination and unearth all your pastel table items - and have wonderful and decorative Easter. And - Happy, Happy Passover to all my Jewish friends as well.
In my home in Great River, NY, I will be fast at work the next few days - getting my tables ready for Easter. I'll be borrowing some ideas like these above. It's fun to finally bring some bright, happy colors to the table after the dreary winter we had on Long Island.
If you would love to have some beautifully decorated rooms in your house, call me at 631 793-1315.