Before you start setting the stage for your Easter dinner inside, make sure the outside of your home is decorated for Easter, too. You don't have to cover your home with pastels to get the themes of spring and Easter across to your guests. Opt for fun and easy decorations like Easter-themed lights, door hangings or wreaths and lawn signs. But we suggest you limit them to one or two to avoid having your home look like an Easter egg exploded on it.
For a more subdued nod to outdoor Easter decor, incorporate themes of nature. Use our tutorial to make your own Mason jar squirrel feeder, using just a jar, a wooden paint or stir stick, wire and, of course, nuts.
To ease your decorating tasks, consider decking out your home for the whole spring season, encompassing themes from St. Patrick's Day to the onset of summer so you don't have to constantly swap out decorations. Simple floral arrangements with subtle nods to the spring holidays are a perfect way to accomplish this without breaking your budget. Replace wilted flowers every week, or use silk flowers for a lasting effect.
Spring and Easter are all about pastel palettes and fun patterns, from stripes and polka dots to plaid. Set your table with a tablecloth, table runner, places mats and napkins in these festive spring prints or coordinating solids. Don't stop the decorating after you've finished setting the table, however. You and your kids will love making this simple and adorable Easter egg garland to hang on the mantel.
Easter touches at your dinner table can be totally classy, yet still incorporate themes of spring. You can make your own understated name card settings like these with a few materials from the craft store, such as wood, wire, paint and some tools.
Speaking of the kids, don't leave them out of the Easter decorating fun. If you are having a children's table, a little goodie bag or basket is a perfect way to encourage kids to gather round. Instead of creating their place cards for them, set out a stack of colorful blank name cards along with some crayons and stickers and let them make their own creative place cards that they can take home later.
It's also a good idea to save your linen tablecloths for the "big kids'" table and use a solid pastel paper one for the kids' table so when they finish their name cards, they can continue to use their creativity to decorate the tablecloth. This also reduces those "Is dinner ready yet?" whines, as they are too busy having fun to worry about the meal.
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