More than likely, you’ve already completed your home’s Spring Cleaning, and maybe even a done little outdoor gardening. Now it’s time to host the first family get-together of the season and the year: Celebrating Easter with Easter Entertaining this Sunday. There is still time now to decide whether to host a Formal Early Easter Supper or a more relaxed Outdoor Easter Brunch. Keeping your table setting simple and color coordinated, here are inspirational pictures, tips, details, menu ideas and even Easter Egg Decorating ideas to inspire and help you celebrate Easter, graciously and beautifully in your own homes.
Blue and White isn’t just for Coastal or Summertime decor – Use it as your Spring & Easter table inspiration. These adorable blue and white eggs above were created with paper napkins at Practically Functional…
Love the layered mix of blue & white patterns plus a touch of violet as designed by Carolyne Roehm.
Formal: An Early Easter Supper
This may be the first family get-together since the November – December holiday season. Now is a great time to refer back to a previous Hadley Court post, “How To Set A Formal Table” to have you stress-free this Easter Sunday – which includes ‘Decoding the Place Setting Chart’ and napkin folding details.
Stunning Spring table designed by Carolyne Roehm, with beautiful antique amethyst cut glass bowls – perfect for your soup course.
Three Formal Table Reminders:
1. Polish silver & stemware
2. Plan courses – Will you serve salad or soup?
3. Serve the main course family style with all serveware on the table
Urns help create an elegant and welcoming Spring entry…
Monogram Wreath featured on Houzz – Available on Etsy.
Create a welcoming entry at your door and an entry table inside for your supper guests. Both are a great place to fill urns, vases, or ginger jars with Springtime blossoms, tulips, or hydrangea. Also incorporate nature into your door decor with a nature inspired monogram wreath available on Etsy.
If you’re in the New York area, Dean & Deluca offers a catered Easter meal, and many Texas restaurants do, too.
For your meal, if you’re planning on ham, save yourself time and don’t worry about cooking your own ham this Easter. Buy a precooked ham and spruce it up with these tips for garnishes, glazes, and perfect sides featured at SouthernLiving.com. Here is a Formal Easter Dinner Menu, that serves eight. If you have a guest who prefers not to eat ham, offer a garlic-herb chicken as an option. Consider also replacing a celebratory toast with an Easter prayer.
Informal: A Relaxed Outdoor Easter Brunch
It’s Spring-time and time to get outside – Relax and enjoy the fresh outdoors. Create the perfect outdoor brunch table and setting with these inspirations…
Three Springtime Reminders:
1. Manicure the lawn & garden plus fill planters with flowers
2. Coordinate flower colors to your relaxed tablescape
3. Serve your meal buffet style – consider stations for hot foods, cold foods, and beverages
If you can, rather than walking guests through the house, create a welcoming path leading guests through the garden to the patio for your Outdoor Easter Brunch.
On the table, container options en lieu of vases can be: clay gardening pots, milk-glass pitchers, or even tea cups (as shown above) – all of which can festively bring the Spring garden to your table…
If you have a sunroom / solarium, use a space , like this one Carolyne Roehm designed, to create a relaxed garden setting for your Easter Celebration…
Or just create a picnic style Easter table…
Outdoor Easter joy!
A no-stress brunch and an egg hunt in the yard can add up to an enchanted Easter for your family. For your brunch menu, try this relaxed selection from MarthaStewart.com. In either setting, whether it’s formal or informal, be sure to include: pressed linens, non-alcohol options (like fresh brewed tea), and a dessert buffet or serving cart.
Bunnies aside, be sure to include eggs into your Easter table-setting and decor.
Here are some interesting factoids about Easter Eggs, along with creative egg decorating inspiration…
Create an Easter Egg topiary, nestled in one of your favorite silver containers as featured on Dear Lillie.
Egg Decorating Factoids
– The Easter egg is symbolic of rebirth, but using eggs to celebrate is a tradition that dates back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and the Zoroastrians in Persia who dyed eggs to celebrate the start of spring.
– The Chinese also dye eggs when a newborn enters the world.
Use hollow blow-eggs such as Eddie Ross did for an Easter Egg Tree Centerpiece… just cover eggs in an almost monochromatic color scheme for an ombre effect…
Use your favorite porcelain vase for your Easter egg tree – collected branches from the yard and spray them white as Eddie did for a crisp, classic look, and still manage to layer in Spring tulips in smaller collected milk-glass arrangements. See how Eddie created this Blue & White Easter tablescape benefiting DIFFA at EddieRoss.com
Or use your cleaned, dry hollow blow eggs threaded through your favorite ribbon to personalize place settings…
Eggs first became associated with Easter in Medieval Europe. The Church forbade people to consume eggs during Lent and as such, the eggs laid during the 40 days would be preserved and stored. With an abundance of eggs, they would be consumed on Easter. Orthodox Christians in Greece and the Middle Easter dye their eggs red to represent the blood of Christ shed at his crucifixion. Read eight more Easter factoids at “What is the meaning of Easter” – the LA Times
Welcome Spring! Celebrate Easter – Inside or out.
Additional Hadley Court related posts you may also enjoy would be: Hosting a Dinner Party: How to Help Guests Feel Welcome and a gentle reminder on Table Manners for Gracious Living. I enjoyed bringing together these Easter Table Settings ideas for Leslie’s Hadley Court readers today. Thank you, and I hope you and your family enjoy celebrating a Happy Easter together.
Attending an Easter dinner or brunch? You can’t go wrong with giving a bouquet of fresh Spring Tulips!
Do you have any other Easter Table Setting ideas or tips to share?
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