The Easter Table – A Bounty of Spring Treats
Easter falls a bit early this year, and to me, that’s divine! One of my favorite things to do in spring is set a beautiful Easter Table. While I love the crimson colors of Christmas and the silver sparkle of Hanukkah, by the time Easter arrives I’m ready for pastels! Easter heralds in spring and all its glory. Our environment comes alive in every way, sprouting beautiful fruits, vegetables, flowers and welcoming new wildlife. Chicks, calves, lambs, bunnies. It’s no accident that flora, fauna and baby animals are all associated with Easter. I love the colors, fragrances and weather that celebrate this time of year. After a long, cold, dormant winter for many, spring awakens something in all of us. Those New Year’s Resolutions may be forgotten by now, but spring affords us a chance to grow – literally. Able to enjoy the outdoors, we’re more active. We garden, grill, dine, bike, hike, swim and even snooze outdoors under a canopy of gentle breezes and sunshine that spring shares with us.
Fortunately, I’m able to host Easter outdoors. And so I’m excited to share my Easter Table and all the treats and treasures that I prepared for this year’s celebration. Included in the Easter round-up are techniques for naturally dyed Easter eggs, making beautiful and easy Easter egg centerpieces, egg flower cups, peel and eat Easter egg cupcakes and a few of my Divalicious brunch dishes. They’re all eggceptionally easy to make and enjoy.
It all lands on the Easter Table. So, here are a few photos of the final spread. And below are links to each of the individual elements, with complete details, recipes, and sources for each treat and treasure.
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♥ No Sew Table Runner – I purchased a few yards of a beige linen on sale from Jo-Ann Fabric to make a no sew runner. I was able to make two runners from one large piece of fabric by cutting the length of the linen down the center. Then I hemmed the runner by using a heat activated fusion tape also purchased at Jo-Ann’s. I affixed the tape about one inch from each edge, folded the fabric over the tape and used a hot iron to seal the deal.
♥ Floral Napkins – The soft blue, antiqued floral print napkins by Calvin Klein were also a steal at $9.99 for four at Marshall’s. The options are really endless at places like HomeGoods and Target, too.
♥ White Dishes – I love dishes and linens but I am also a bit of a minimalist and so I have a carefully curated a small collection of both. A few years ago when the guest list for Thanksgiving grew to 30, I need reinforcement. So, I ran to my trusty local Bed Bath & Beyond and picked up a set of 12, Studio White dinner plates for $14.99. Of course I used a coupon bringing my total down to just $11.99! What I love about white dishes is that they can be mixed with ANY color or pattern and by popping a beautiful napkin on top you create a beautiful setting. Bed Bath & Beyond has even more options now for white dinnerware and you can find them by clicking the link above.
♥ Egg Cup Mini Floral Bouquets – As a child I had my own egg cup. It was white with a little yellow beak and two black, pinpoint eyes. It looked very much like a little chic. The funny thing was, I hated eggs. But that egg cup made breakfast a lil more fun. Today I appreciate eggs and egg cups. I purchased plain white fluted egg cups for $1.50 each at Pier 1 Imports. And while I won’t be soft boiling eggs for my guests on Easter, I will use the sweet little egg cups, along with hollowed egg shells, for individual, mini floral arrangements. And because I’m fortunate to live in a warm weather climate where spring sprung early, I’m filling each with a white rose bud, a few sprigs of lavender and a cluster of verbena, which looks like a mini bouquet on its own. For more on creating these Easter floral arrangements, click here.
♥ Naturally Dyed Easter Egg Centerpiece – I dove into natural dyed Easter eggs this year and not only did I have some mad science fun with it, I’m very happy with the results and used the natural beauties for a centerpiece. For step by step instructions on creating your own naturally dyed Easter eggs and centerpiece, click here.
♥ Peel & Eat Easter Egg Cupcakes – I made mini cupcakes that I decorated with pastel sanding sugar. I also made peel and eat Easter egg cupcakes for the kids. What’s a peel and eat Easter egg cupcake you ask? It’s a perfect one bite cupcake that is baked in a hollowed egg shell. It’s fun for the kids (in other words, it can be messy.) To learn how to make your own peel and eat Easter Egg Cupcakes, click here.
♥ Brunch Menu – On the menu Easter Sunday is an Egg and Potato Casserole and an Apple Puff Pancake – both are perfect for transporting to your Easter brunch in the exclusive Domestic Diva LA Casserole Carrier. Served with Mimosas, and fresh berries, this meal is easy to make for a crowd and hits all the right notes – eggs, potatoes, something sweet and a little bubbly. I’ll prep some of it in advance but really, it takes not time to put together and everything goes in the oven so I’m not stuck at the stove top flipping eggs and pancakes. Both Recipes are coming soon!
For now, wishing you and yours a truly Divine and thoroughly Divalicious Easter!