We don’t typically do a lot of Easter decorating around here and to be honest with you, I am not really sure why. Something about all the pastels together in one place has never really appealed to me I suppose. The super dumbest thing about my lack of Easter decorating is that I LOVE bunnies. Really I have an obsession and taking me to the bunny house at the state fair is never a good idea. I want desperately to have them ALL. That’s neither here nor there though. The reason I have really gathered you all here today is not feed my need for bunnies but to discuss quickie Easter tablescapes. Lots of families get together for Easter and it is always nice to have something a little bit special to decorate the table with. If you, like us, don’t have a lot of Easter paraphernalia (Can you believe that word has an “r” in it? I would never have guessed) but want to fluff your table a little, here are a few simple ideas for doing it.
Obviously if you ever want to make anything look good, just copy most anything Martha does and this is no exception. Hop over to Trader Joe’s or your local grocery store and buy several cheap bunches of flowers and place each type in their own vase just like Martha did. Repeating types is good too. Obviously not this many unless you want to be empty in your bank account.
Use some simple stuff you already have and invest in one new item that seems like an Easter table super star such as some crazy good lookin napkins or this platter that is pretty much to die for. Actually at some point this week, Cassandra from Coco + Kelley will be sharing how she dyed these napkins to look like angels herself. So you can also buy some cheapy white napkins and stalk her blog until you can DIY those suckers.
Stick a little egg at everyone’s place with some babies breath tucked under it. Is it just me or does babies breath make everything better?
Another little gem from Cassandra’s Easter table of beauty. Dye or gold leaf some fancy eggs and stick them in the middle of the table with some candles or something else simple and call it a day. Eggs this pretty can stand on their own, I think.
As I mentioned last week, one of my best friends got married this weekend and I was honored to be asked by his mother to help her plan and coordinate the rehearsal dinner. The wedding had an Irish theme because both Sarah and Pete come from Irish families so a wedding on the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day seemed like the obvious choice. Susan (Pete’s mother) and I decided we should try to stay with an Irish feel as well to fit in with the wedding weekend. As I showed you guys in my mood board last week, I wanted it to feel Irish by using greens and natural elements but for it to be subtle and elegant. I got some pictures of the decorations before the dinner started but was so scattered that I forgot to get pictures of any people (SO dumb) and only got one picture once the candles were lit. This, my dears, is why I need Colleen with me any time I am supposed to document something. She is so much better of a photographer and always remembers to get pictures of the important things.
I collected greens and made a garland for a statement piece on the fireplace. I purchased some flowers to add in so that it would be more springy.
I also used greens in the centerpiece with the addition of babies breath. Colleen was a doll and helped me design the table numbers and placecards. She also (very patiently) put all of the guests name into each placecard and sent them to me so I could print them out. Seriously could not have done it without her.
I used a few vessels I had that I thought would work and arranged some flowers in them for the buffet table.
We decided to use a Celtic knot design on the placecards and it was Susan’s idea to use a Celtic font. I also tied little sprigs of dried lavender together for each place. It is an Irish wedding tradition to incorporate lavender for love and luck.
Here is a picture of the bride and groom that I stole from Facebook of the wedding day. I didn’t carry my camera on the wedding day since I was in the bridal party so I didn’t take any of my own pictures. Aren’t they a beautiful couple? I have known Pete for half of my life and I have never seen him more emotional and open with his feelings than he was during his vows. It was really very touching and most everyone in the room had tears in their eyes. In fact, most of the bridal party had to have their makeup touched up after the ceremony. It was really a very special moment and made me very proud of him.
Here is sweet picture of beautiful Sarah and her adorable son that I just had to share. So precious.
Also, big shout out to my assistants and loyal Wednesday dinner dates Caitlin and Roo who were crazy helpful.
To be perfectly honest, I like getting flowers or candy as much as the next girl but I have never really considered Valentine’s Day to be a very big deal. However, I do fully support pink and spending time with loved ones and so I think Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to get girly with your friends. This year I plan on having a few of my besties over for a Valentine’s Day weekend brunch and I decided to play around with some items I already had to create some table prettiness. Although we will probably be drinking mimosas instead of tea, I have always liked the idea of a tea party so I incorporated my pretty tea tins that I bought at Target in the decor along with an orchid I bought a few weeks ago that is totally still alive.
I also used the silverware we painted for our spring tablescape last year. I definitely used more patterns all together than I typically do (paisley, stripes, polka dots, and boho print) but I actually quite like result. Since it is just the girls, we may as well get a little wild.
When we were trying to come up with some cheap and easy ideas to incorporate into our Thrifty Christmas Tablescape, I was inspired by a garland made by our friend Brynn of Chartreuse and a Twist. As Colleen mentioned Monday, she created cute fluffy yarn balls and strung them up to make a garland. Since I was feeling particularly lazy, I was trying to come up with a way to make something similar without going to the store for yarn. That’s when I thought cottonballs may just be the ticket. I had a big old bag of them already, so I took some twine that I also had and gave it a shot. This resulted in what is without a doubt one of our easiest DIYs to date.
What you’ll need:
- Bag of cottonballs
- Twine (the striped baker’s twine added to cuteness factor and a little pop of color but any other string would work as well)
- Nail (If you are fancy enough to have a thin knitting needle then good for you. I was not and my little nail worked just fine. Just make sure you are using a nail that has a head so you string won’t slide right off.)
What you’ll do:
1. Tie a knot at the end of your twine/string around your needle and pull it tight.
2. Insert the nail into the middle of your cotton ball. I found that it was easier to push through the flat part where you can see the cotton rolled around versus the fluffy part. Just look at your ball and you can figure out what I mean. You may have to work your needle around a little to get it you the end of the cotton.
3. You can see here how it gets a little stuck up in the cotton sometimes. Just work it around and push until you can see it pop through.
4. Pull out the nail. Sometimes part of the cotton comes with the end of the nail a bit. I found that my balls looked fluffier if I fixed them up after the fact by straightening them out and tweaking them a little.
5. Finish by putting enough cottonballs on so that your garland is as long as you want it to be with your balls being close enough together (This is purely personal preference). Each of my strands took about 19 cottonballs but they were pretty long. Spread them all out and voila!
I think they make a pretty fun little decoration when grouped together. Check out the rest of our Thrifty Christmas tablescape here.