Easter is as simple as any holiday when it comes to decorating your space, but when your aesthetic leans toward beautiful, trendy pieces, picking up a bulk-sized bag of brightly-hued plastic eggs just isn't going to cut it. With a few interesting new ideas and some art-and-crafts effort, you'll have modern Easter décor faster than you can say “chocolate eggs.”
Amp Up Your "Egg" Display
Go for a refined visual display with makeshift eggcup vases. What exactly is an eggcup
, you ask? You've seen those little ceramic cups that sit atop a tiny stem or base -- they're used for eating soft-boiled eggs. If you don't already have a few, seek them out in antique markets and flea markets. Go for all white or ivory cups if you prefer a clean, streamlined vibe.
For a more eclectic take, pick up a variety of sizes, colours and patterns. Add cut flowers to each cup and display them anywhere that your home could use a little colour. Or if you have a few dyed eggs to spare, set them into the eggcups and put them on display as well. A few eggcup vases on the table in your foyer, on the kitchen table and even on bedroom dressers and bureaus offer a cheerful pick-me-up.
Play With Your Food
There are those rare moments in life when confections actually classify as décor -- it's up to you to take full advantage of these times by getting busy at the grocery store, the kitchen and the craft table.
Time to pull out those pastel-hued serving pieces and candy dishes that you never seem to have a use for and fill them with jelly beans or foil-covered chocolate eggs. Bring them to the dinner table, leave them out on the kitchen counter or set them on your coffee table when you're entertaining.
When you're planning out your Easter meal, nothing says spring like cupcakes, but it's how you decorate with them that makes them special for the holiday. Bake your cupcakes and top them with pastel-hued frosting. Create little cut-outs using pastel- or cream-hued construction paper – think bunnies, chicks, eggs or anything Easter-inspired. Glue the cut-out to the top of a toothpick and insert your little decorations into the center of each cupcake before setting them out for display on top of a white ceramic cake dish. And remember to take a picture -- this Easter décor will disappear in the blink of an eye!
Set The Table (With Flowers)
Skip the expected eggs, chicks and bunnies and go for an elegant interpretation of the day by carefully selecting your materials. For a more formal appearance, begin with a cream or pastel-hued linen table cloth. Once you have your silverware set, skip the cute plastic cups and bring out your fancier glasses. If you're looking for a new option, vintage-inspired hobnob glasses
are always a hit.
Source: Inspiration For Home
Decorate the center of the table with baskets full of fresh flowers. Choose neutral straw baskets adorned with fabric ribbons on either side of the handles. Pad the bed of the basket with freshly cut grass and carefully mound the center of each basket with flower heads. Whether they're roses, irises, tulips or daffodils, it's up to you. Stick with pastel hues and you're good to go. When pressed for time, simply add a few pots of blooming bulbs to the center of your table instead for an equally chic finish.
True, filling up a few multi-coloured baskets with plastic grass and plopping them about your home might get the job done. However, it just doesn't reach that elegant, homespun, looks-like-it-came-out-of-a-magazine appeal that you can so easily achieve with a little extra creativity. Lucky for you, whether you're entertaining guests on Easter or simply livening up your space for your own enjoyment, your decorations will help bring the freshness and beauty of spring indoors.
By Tarah Damask