As we welcome the first blooms and green buds of Spring, Easter is the perfect time to refresh your home for the new season. A quick way to achieve this is a seasonal Easter tablescape- perfect for an Easter lunch for family gatherings. This Easter, invite friends and family to a fresh, Provençal table set in natural whites, creams and sage greens. In creating our Easter dining tablescape, we have gathered some simple decorating tips and ideas for you to follow to create a subtle, yet festive table.
Set the Tone
This year, we forgone traditional Easter pastels in favour of a fresher, more Springtime look. From rich emeralds to dusty, pale sages- green is a key colour trend for 2017. The perfect accent colour- green can be versatile when used in small measures, particularly when complemented by a neutral colour base. Inspired by some beautiful vintage glass pharmacy bottles that our talented Visual Merchandiser Mel had found; our Easter table combined neutral whites and unbleached, natural fabrics with verdant glass greens.
This season has seen the return of traditional materials like porcelain, linen, ceramics and glass in new, contemporary guises that add an element of the artisanal to your home. Our organically shaped, glazed Amalfi dinnerware strikes the perfect balance between casual and elegant and was an obvious choice for our Easter dining table. Our French linen collection completed the look ; as we also matched a crisp white tablecloth with a natural linen runner and complementary, lace and pompom embroidered napkins.
Style a Centrepiece
Whether you choose to use real or silk flowers, candles, a selection of coloured bottles or another pretty feature; a simply arranged centrepiece can really set your table apart for a festive occasion. Using faux eucalyptus stems and white hydrangea from our Fleur Di Brissi collection of silk flowers, in addition to a few well placed white candles and bright green glass bottles, we created a charming yet tasteful central arrangement that was quick and easy to put together.
No Easter dining table is complete without a decorative egg or a feather or two. To keep the Easter theme subtle, we used large, white duck eggs, delicately tied with green ribbon and nested in our Amalfi bowls on each side of the table. A simple white feather and white lace ribbon adorned each napkin. Finally, a few birch branches were tied with soft ribbons and put to good use as a suspended centrepiece, with a few carefully placed eucalyptus sprays and a selection of painted duck egg decorations for good measure.
Watercolour Duck Egg Decorations
Our watercolour duck eggs are surprisingly simple to recreate with just a few household items. Whether displayed on your tabletop in a simple white bowl; or hung from a decorative easter tree or branch these are a charming and subtle way to add a touch of occasion to your table.
What you will need:
6 large white duck eggs
A large embroidery needle (longer than the height of the eggs)
A few lengths of ribbon or twine
Watercolour paints, a paintbrush and a shallow bowl
Carefully pierce a small hole in the shell of each of the eggs, one hole on each end. It is easier to do this slowly- by gently tapping the needle first, then chipping away at the shell .
Once you have formed two holes on either side, use your needle to pierce the yolk and white of the eggs and break up the liquid inside.
Place a straw over one of the holes and blow through it. It may take a few goes but eventually the egg yolk and white will be blown out and you will be left with a perfectly hollow egg.
Wipe the eggs clean of any remaining yolk and paint in the colour of your choice. To achieve a very subtle look, mix a high proportion of water to paint and paint in wide, thick strokes.
These eggs are also ideal for marbling. Simply mix a few drops of marbling ink into water and dip your eggs in the mixture. This is best done before you hollow the eggs- to ensure the eggs sit well in the water.