Get Your Decor On: Easter Tables
Since realizing that I was almost thirty and my holiday dinner responsibilities still amounted to little more than bringing rolls, I’ve slowly been asserting my adultness by assuring my family that I can provide more than store-bought carbs when gatherings come around. They must be listening since for this Sunday’s Easter Dinner, I’m in charge of a vegetable dish, table decor, and yes, rolls.
While I didn’t get crafty like Jessie did yesterday and actually create something, I’ve been doing some serious inspiration gathering. Observe:
I love the idea of big containers with a wild mess of flowering branches. I have two big vases at my mom’s that would do the trick.
What’s Easter without Easter eggs? There was a time in my life when my mom and I would spend hours dying and painting eggs. We experimented with tape, wax, and spray paint to create all kinds of designs and patterns. It was definitely a wing it and see what happens kind of thing. If you’re crazy like us, blow out the yolks over the sink and wash out the shells before decorating so you can fill up your attic with cartons and cartons of preserved easter eggs.
How cute are these egg votives? Click here for the tutorial if you haven’t yet decided that making your own candles is so 2003.
You know another thing I love? String eggs. It was impossible to find a picture of them that wasn’t totally hideous so you’re going to have to trust me on this. We don’t do hideous pictures here. Unless we’re trying to be funny and we take crafting, and Jesus, very seriously. String eggs are the ones you make by dipping string in a mixture of water and glue, wrapping it around an egg-shaped balloon, letting it dry, and then popping the balloon so you’re left with a little cage in the shape of an egg. Again, my mom and I made a whole mess of these one year and they’re still around. Right next to those cartons of eggs. It’s an Easter miracle.
She usually piles them on the buffet in our dining room propped on vases and candlesticks and they always look cute. Cute in an elegant way. Not cute in that it looks like the Easter section of Walgreens threw up in your dining room.
I love the idea of tables that are really intricately set and decorated in a tasteful way but let’s be honest, most of the people at my family dinners would rather see a giant ham, dishes full of potatoes, and sumptuous breadbaskets (wink wink) than coordinating salt cellars, six pairs of candlesticks, eight individual flower arrangements, and containers of glittered eggs. It’s about the food people. Therefore, mom and I will most likely keep the table decorations tasteful and unobtrusive and I’ll sit in the corner under my transplanted forsythia bush and fight everyone for the last breadstick.
What about you guys? Big plans for Easter or Passover? Does anyone love a baked ham as much as I do?