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It’s been way too long! I’m so happy to be back in my happy place writing blog posts! Before diving into my super simple Easter tablescape, I want to thank each of you who sent me sweet comments, messages, and texts the past couple of weeks. If you missed it, I shared on Instagram that I have generalized anxiety, and although I’ve grown immensely in learning how to manage and overcome it, last week I had an anxiety attack after traveling almost nonstop for 72 hours. I was disappointed in myself for letting my anxiety win, and honestly just pretty upset with the place I found myself, considering I had tried SO hard to plan/prep for our travel weekend. But, I know I’m human, and I’m doing my best to move forward and get back to feeling like myself again. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me that I received so much compassion from you all last week after I shared that I have anxiety. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sending sweet messages and prayers, it truly meant so much to know that this tribe had my back while I needed to unplug for several days.
But, now I’m back and ready to rock and roll for Easter! I’m hosting a few friends over for Easter brunch this year, and with prom the weekend before (I am in charge of prom, which is essentially like planning a small wedding), I decided to prep my tablescape early so it was one less thing to worry about. Which conveniently allows me to do a little blog post early to give you some inspo for your Easter table!
This year’s theme: simple pastels + earthy accents
I decided to go with a relatively simple and neutral setting and added in pops of color with dyed eggs. I usually love to add a ton of greenery for holidays, but choosing to use moss instead added a minimalistic and organic vibe that I totally am in love with.
Start with a simple tablecloth + kraft paper table runner
I am using the same tablecloth on both tables that I used for Friendsgiving with the delicate edge detail (find similar HERE). I like using a white tablecloth to keep it light and airy.
I was debating between a few ideas for a table runner (I love a good table runner) and actually got this idea from my friend Donna (@haverstrawhill) to use gift wrap paper since it is super cheap and easy clean up. Brilliant, right? I happened to have leftover kraft gift wrapping paper from Christmas so I spent a whopping $0 on this runner. I like to buy the gift wrapping paper with grids on the back, so all I had to do was cut along the dotted line to get a pretty straight edge for this easy table runner. Although my second table (the foldable tailgating table) is smaller, I chose to do the same width table runner for consistency purposes.
I am still tossing around the idea of painting pastel polka-dots on this table runner, but a part of me really loves how simple this tablescape currently is. So we will see what I end up doing next weekend! If I decide to add the dots, I’ll edit this post and add in what that looks like too!
I’m using our Pottery Barn tabletop items (flatware, stemware, plates, chargers, napkins, etc) for each place setting. I linked everything in THIS blog post from Friendsgiving if you are interested in what I am using.
Printable Napkin Rings
Eeek I am so excited about these! I decided to create some cute printable napkin rings (or are these technically napkin tags???) with two different Easter sayings. I printed these on cardstock, hole punched two holes, thread twine through, and tied a simple bow. I love how these were so quick and give my table a handmade touch. The best part? I’m emailing these napkin rings in a freebie download next week in my April newsletter. To make up for missing March (sorry guys, my anxiety threw me off for the March newsletter), I’m also planning on sending another freebie along with these napkin rings. Be sure to sign up before the newsletter goes out next week (hoping for Tuesday), head HERE to subscribe and follow the link!
I may even do a mini-blog post on how to use these printable napkin rings so you can put them to use for your Easter table! TBA…. depending on how much time I have this weekend with prom lol.
You may notice that both my tables are anchored with a tulip arrangement. Though they aren’t identical, they are similar and give a earthy vibe.
I am using a marble + copper serving tray and a footed serving bowl as the base for both of the centerpieces.
Place your vase/mason jar with tulips on the tray/bowl before filling in with moss (I learned by doing this the hard way lol). I love that these tulips are white so they don’t take away from my pretty pastel eggs.
I then surrounded the arrangements with moss (I ordered THIS exact moss) to create an organic feel. This moss goes a long way, so I have actually used it in several projects/decor arrangements. I then nestled the pastel eggs in the moss to finish it up!
Speaking of eggs, let me tell you how I achieved these pastel eggs! If you watched my Instagram stories, then you know this was a journey for me lol. Firstly, I decided to boil and dye real eggs (as opposed to painting wooden eggs) because I’m pretty sure I will do a different color palette next year, and I don’t want to spend money on wooden eggs if I will only use them once.
Make sure you read up on how to boil eggs so they don’t crack. I tried baking eggs (disaster, do not recommend) and a few methods for boiling, but THIS method seemed to work the best to avoid cracking eggs.
I also purchased egg cups like THESE so I didn’t have to put dye in my white bowls. My grocery sold them for cheaper than the linked product, so check your grocery store out!
I also use THESE neon food colors. I like how bright they are! My grocery store had them for pretty cheap, so check yours out as well.
I followed the method HERE to create the dyes by using 1/2 cup boiling water and 1 teaspoon of vinegar for each dye. You’ll notice they have a pretty amazing color chart on the website to tell you how to achieve a ton of different shades! However, I’m just not that patient, so I opted not to mix colors, and I’m still pretty happy with the results.
After playing with the amount of food coloring/time to achieve the pastel look I wanted, this is what I found worked best:
- 10 neon green drops – let egg sit in dye for 5 minutes
- 4 neon pink drops – let egg sit in dye for 1-2 minutes
- 4 neon blue drops – let egg sit in dye for 1-2 minutes
I used these eggs all around the table to add pops of pastel color and I am so happy I decided to go with real eggs! I love the homemade touch!
I found these white bunnies in Target’s dollar spot for $3 each! Aren’t they adorable?! I’ve seen similar bunnies at Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, and Michaels. Go grab yourself a coffee form Starbucks and go on a little bunny decor hunt for your table.
I also found these egg stands from the Target dollar spot and used 6 stands per table. I love how they are simple and make my eggs seem a little more elegant by being propped up.
I am obsessed with these dessert cups I found at TJ Maxx to use as decor on the plates. I put some moss in the cups and topped with a dyed egg to give each place setting a polished look.
Logistics for a Large Number of Guests
So you may notice that I have two tables going on here. We have 12 people total attending brunch, so I needed to borrow my parents’ tailgating table and foldable chairs like I did for Friendsgiving. I highly recommend asking around to borrow these items, all you need is a tablecloth and it’s good to go!
And that’s a wrap folks! I hope some of these ideas give you the confidence to whip up an Easter tablescape! This was very affordable and easy, anyone can do it!
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