Spring is in full bloom, and while Californian’s didn’t have much of a winter to speak of this year, the joys of this colorful season can still warm our mildly-chilled hearts. I’ll be hosting Easter celebrations at our home this year, so here’s a look at our Springtime Décor as well as a sneak peak at our Easter Table
I picked up a few key items this year and used them in conjunction with things I already had on hand:
- Pastel Colored Plastic Eggs
- Decorative Excelsior (i.e. wooden twigs for bird’s nests)
- Colored Tape in Pink, Green, Blue and Purple
- 18 Fresh Eggs
- Live Pansies
- Colorful Paper Napkins
I found almost everything at Michael’s Crafts (and made good use of their coupons too!). In all, I spent under $40. On hand I had tea cups, apothecary jars, lots of cake platters (I may have an obsession with them), vases, fresh branches cut from our garden, white table cloths, acrylic paint, gold nail polish, gold chargers and colorful cups.
For the entry way I planted a couple of pansies in tall apothecary jars with river rocks and a handful of green moss, and then tied the tops with ribbon. I used the moss, decorative excelsior and pastel blue plastic eggs to make bird’s nests in tea cups and on a cake platter, and topped the cake platter off with a couple of butterflies. A note here: Michael’s Crafts had glittery butterflies which went for about $3 each and more natural looking butterflies in a pack of 10 for $10. I went the natural route, figuring that I could always add glitter later if I wanted – but I ended up loving the way the natural ones looked without any extra flare.
I used similar items for the fireplace mantle, with the addition of a couple of tall vases with plastic eggs and moss in them.
I really wanted to do hand-painted blown eggs this year, and I saw a tutorial by Tinkerlab using a drill and a small drill bit that I wanted to try (see http://tinkerlab.com/three-easy-tricks-for-blown-out-eggs/). It made piercing the eggs so much easier than using a needle – which is what we used to do as kids. Plus I had only 1 egg casualty, which is quite the accomplishment for me! After drying the eggs, I placed them on skewers and painted them with acrylic paint in light blue, pink and yellow. I loved the look of the gold-leafed eggs from sheknows.com (see http://www.sheknows.com/holidays-and-seasons/articles/985729/perfect-easter-eggs), but I didn’t want to spend money on the gold leafing kit, so I came up with an inexpensive solution using gold nail polish. Once the acrylic paint dried (about 30 minutes), I splattered generous globs of gold nail polish on each egg, wiping them down with a paper towel as I went to blend the paints. I used the skewers to thread colorful ribbon through the eggs and hung them at varying heights from fresh branches cut from a bush in our backyard. Then I added a few butterflies to the arrangements.
I’ll be taking advantage of this beautiful spring weather we are having in California by setting the table for brunch outside. I saw a beautiful table-setting using colorful tape and a white table runner on Revel (see: http://www.revel-blog.com/post/colorful_diy_tape_art_inspiration) and I decided to recreate it for our Easter table. I used a couple of white tablecloths folded in thirds as a runner down the farmhouse table that my wonderful husband made for me. Then I added color and pattern to it by running colorful tape across the cloth at random intervals and lengths. I’m a little bit bummed that it’s only temporary – I may have to make a permanent version of this runner at some point! I used silver cake platters as bird’s nests with butterflies and a matching vase for the centerpieces.
For the place settings I made more bird’s nests in white ramekins, atop colorful paper napkins and gold chargers. I’m organizing a little scavenger hunt for the whole family, so each place setting has an egg with a clue for the hunt. We’ll be breaking into teams to help each other figure out our clues and find some special treats hidden in the yard!
All this prep work has me excited for a wonderful Easter with my family. Wishing you and your family a happy Easter and a wonderful Spring Season!