1. Colourful Table
Always have a few solid colour tablecloths in your cupboard. Choose a light green or cream for Easter and place some colourful cloth napkins down the centre of the table. If you don’t have napkins or a cloth runner, use wrapping paper or even colourful construction paper.
2. Themed placecards
I love placecards. They’re a nice way to set a theme for the table and can add extra colour. Truthfully, I use them because it avoids the kids having a knock down fight at the table over who gets to sit where. The fighting is completely over before the guests arrive and when it comes time to move to the dinner table, we look like one big happy family.
3. Paper Bags
Always always have paper bags on hand. I got in the habit when the kids were little and we’d make puppets. Now I use them for everything from easy gift bags (can be decorated to suit occasion) ripening fruits and serving popcorn. My fav is to use them to hold fresh flowers. It not only looks great, but is ideal for hiding plastic bulb planters or disguising the fact that your vase is actually a pickle jar.
When candles are on the table, then it must be a fancy dinner. It’s just a given. I like to eat dinner with candlelight. I find that it creates a great ambiance and when the boys were young, it actually worked to keep them calm and on their best behaviour. Floating candles were my preferred choice when they were really young – it just seemed safer with all that water around. Now I keep a collection of votive holders and use tealights. Anything can act as a votive holder and I like using coloured glasses and old jars. Tying a ribbon or even string around the votive holder will dress it up.
If you’re smart enough to pick up some flowers at the grocery store then you have a great starting point. Otherwise it’s scrounge time. Off to the yard with kitchen shears to see what’s out there. Branches are always lovely, and evergreens look good anytime of the year. One mother’s day, I put cedar in fancy teacups and it was smashing. Fakes work well too and never feel bad for mixing fake and real. Lots of little dainty arrangements make a big statement, and they don’t take up too much room.
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Remember, a little fuss goes a long way. The most important part of any dinner is the company. Remain calm, put your guests at ease, and cherish these beautiful moments. Wishing everyone a lovely Easter weekend.
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