Easter weekend is the perfect excuse to host a get-together for your friends and family. From simple table-setting tricks to easy flower displays that will brighten up any room, our speedy Easter touches will help your home look the part for the long weekend.
Choose your theme
Opt for classic Easter colours and plenty of fresh white, mixed with bunches of daffodils and hyacinths to create a striking scene. It’s not about reworking your whole scheme – inexpensive buys can update what you already have. Try dressing your dining table with a pastel-coloured runner or mixing in a few soft-coloured plates or bowls with everyday white ones.
‘Pastel mint, pink and yellow are always very popular for Easter,’ says Lizzie Batchelar, Partner & Assistant Buyer, Stationery & Seasonal Events, ‘but look out for lilac – it’s our hero colour for Easter this year. You’ll find a gorgeous plush giant Jelly Cat Big Bashful Bunny as well as a lilac trug and lilac bunny party pieces in store.’
Decorate an indoor tree...
Originating in Germany, the trend for Easter trees decorated with eggs is on the rise. If you love getting your tree at Christmas, it’s time to think of Easter as another great opportunity to flex your decorating skills. These Easter trees come pre-lit and complete with faux blossom. If space is tight, then you can still get a similar look with a table-top one. Wind battery-operated fairy lights around its branches for extra twinkle.
...Or hang decorations from a branch
Arrange a few blossom branches or twigs in a cylindrical glass vase for a quick, DIY take on the tree. ‘We have lots of new hanging Easter decorations,’ says Lizzie, who recommends mixing materials such as glass and wood. ‘Build up your Easter decorations each year like you do for Christmas, or give your Easter tree a boost with a multipack of painted eggs,’ she suggests.
Set your Easter table
Easter lunch provides the perfect opportunity to be creative, and a few simple touches can make your table look extra special. Build up layers of pastel colour, starting with a table runner, plates and glassware, then add a napkin treatment – try napkin bunny ears (above) or add pretty napkin rings or place cards. Personalise each place setting with an Easter gift – a decoration or a posy of spring flowers – then scatter a few mini chocolate eggs for guests to enjoy.
Decorate every corner
Add Easter touches, like spring bulbs planted in colourful pots or bunny ornaments, on your sideboard. A few daffodils in a glass tumbler will brighten up the dullest of corners. ‘People often forget that we get more time off over Easter than we do at Christmas – so even more of an excuse to decorate your home and spend time with friends and family,’ says Lizzie.
Make it fun for the kids
There’s plenty the kids can get involved in, too. Why not host an Easter bonnet competition or, if the British weather lets us down, plan an indoor Easter egg hunt. And it’s not all about eating chocolate, as Lizzie explains: ‘It’s getting more and more popular for parents to give toys instead of too many sweets and chocolate eggs… a cuddly bunny makes a nice change and lasts a lot longer!’
Don’t forget the outside
Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas: ‘A spring wreath looks great hung on your front door,’ says Lizzie. ‘I also love using them to add style to a mantlepiece or on a bookshelf.’ Group smaller ones for impact and use different lengths of ribbon to vary the overall shape created. Recycle other Christmas styling ideas too; pop an Easter wreath flat on a table and add a vase of spring flowers to its middle to create a quick and easy centrepiece, or hang up some Easter bunting along your fireplace. And don’t forget the paper decorations – tassel garlands can make a big impact with minimum effort.