I’m so glad Easter is coming!
I love the colours and the light, the fresh spring air scented with the aroma of orange and lemon blooms. I adore the return to the country, the open windows, the flowers and the warmth of family and friends gatherings in the village.
I always try to find some time, in between preparations for Easter day -which in Greece is celebrated with a big, traditional feast- to decorate my Easter table in a colourful, fun and welcoming way. The guests like this a lot and it makes the whole atmosphere more festive and lovely. I also try to make something that they can keep and take back home. Everybody likes a little gift, even if this is a bar of chocolate, a paper butterfly or a handmade napkin ring.
Today I will give you some ideas about how to decorate your table without spending almost any money, using things that you have at home or that you can make yourselves. You can use decorations that you already have and present them on the table, in a ‘new’ way. You can also find some small decorative items at super markets and arts and crafts shops, at very low prices.
So here we are. Welcome to my Easter table!!!
Do you want to have a look?
While browsing a big toy and home store the other day , I came across these tiny nests , in packages of six and I thought that they will be a pretty addition to my table , if I added in some chocolate eggs , feathers and colourful wooden eggs and put them on my guests plates. They can take them home to remember our day together!!
Tiny felt flowers and marigolds, red tulips and ladybirds, can be used along with some ribbon or raffia and /or fresh flowers to decorate a paper napkin. It is important to use matching colours and the final outcome will not let you down. You can also tell your guests that they can take the felt decorations with them at the end of the meal. They will like the idea!
You can make similar decorations yourselves using some felt in the shape you like. Let your imagination free and you will create little ‘miracles’!
Use old egg cups on your plates and put in either a real dyed egg or a plastic one in pretty pastel colours. Add some chocolate eggs and your plate is ready!!
It is better not to make a big centerpiece for your table as this usually hinders the vision of the people sitting opposite and take up a lot of space. Opt for smaller items that you can use in twos or threes along the table.
I have used a little aluminum pot which I filled with yellow feathers and some marigolds . Instead of using the pots along the table, you can place them next to each plate to put the paper napkin and cutlery inside. These can also serve as gifts for the guests.
Another idea is to use a chick shaped plate as your centerpiece and fill it in with chocolate eggs, tiny wooden rabbits , chicks , ladybirds and feathers . It will add colour and it costs almost nothing to make.
Name tags add a more personal touch to the table. You can use paper tags which you can decorate with some washi tape or tiny blackboards!
Use a wooden box for the bread and the cutlery . Add a felt ladybird for some extra colour.
Make a quirky garland, using cardboard rabbits joined together with ribbon . Hung it on a wall or place it along your table. You can also use cardboard cut outs, like rabbits, butterflies, flowers , birds and some ribbon or raffia to decorate plain plate mats!
We celebrate Easter on the 12th of April and there are still some ideas waiting to come out to you before Easter Sunday. But for those of you who celebrate on the 5th, Happy Easter and enjoy your holidays with the people you love!!!
Till next time,