Hello, and welcome to the Easter Parade blog hop sponsored by Sheila at Maison de Cinq. I’m so happy that you’ve joined us today for some Easter decorating inspiration!
If you’ve found your way here from Carissa at CC and Mike, then welcome! Don’t you love Carissa’s bold, eclectic style?! I know I love everything she dreams up! I can’t wait to check out all the talented folks who are participating in this fun hop. I’ll have all their links at the bottom of this post.
True confession: I struggled a little this year with a spring/Easter table setting. It’s not because I didn’t want to create a fun and pretty Easter table for my family gathering, but truth is – I’ve been a little overwhelmed with getting ready to list our home for sale (in case you missed my big announcement, you can check it out here), and I didn’t know if I’d have time to go shopping for flowers, set things up, take photos, and all that other good stuff.
Plus, spring always comes rather late in my little mountain valley here, so I never know what I’m going to find in the way of greenery and flowers. And honestly – it’s cold, gray, and rainy today with predictions of snow for today (groan!) So there’s not much natural greenery or florals going on around here at the moment.
But then, in the process of getting the house and yard ready for showings, my husband and I did some work to clean up the yard. We needed to trim a few branches off of the Japanese Cherry trees that line our stone steps to the front door because they had grown enough that they posed a danger of poking potential buyers’ eyes out on the way to the front door. (That would be a definite turn off!)
I decided to save the clipped branches and bring them inside in an attempt to force them into bloom. That was over a week ago, and only two little blossoms have opened up! I don’t know if I did something wrong or not, because I was hoping for bounteous blooms instead of these two little bursts. Maybe there’s still hope and next week it’ll be completely covered in blooms? Who knows? If you’re an expert at forcing blooms, I’d love to hear your tips!
So right now they look more like branches than blossoms, but heck – I’m rollin’ with it!
Anyway, the cherry blossoms gave me some inspiration for my Easter table setting this year. And from there, it was pretty easy to pull the rest together.
I have this cute tin watering can that I use outside for my planters – I think it makes a fun container for my blossoms. Since I used the branches as a centerpiece, I decided that it would be fun to use the beautiful wood chargers from Justin at Rustic Wood Slices to further the natural, spring-awakening theme.
From the moment I saw these chargers, I just knew that they would look fantastic with a pristine white plate on top, and I have to say that I also love how they look against the white damask tablecloth. Something about that contrast of rustic and refined… (You can see how much I love these wood slices – I also used them on my Christmas table!)
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Topping the white plates are some light green embossed salad plates I’ve had for a while. I couldn’t find an exact match for you, but I think any spring-y color salad plate would look great in this setting – a pretty pastel blue, pink, yellow, or green – any of them would look spring-y and beautiful.
The white ramekins come in so handy for all kinds of uses! Here I use them on top of the salad plates to hold some pink paper grass, some malted milk eggs in pastel colors, and the cutest little bunny spreaders.
A pretty floral napkin tucked between the salad and dinner plates rounds out the Easter setting.
Oh, and that’s a piece of pink sequined scrapbook paper water can holding the cherry blossoms. It adds the perfect little bit of sparkle to the table.
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I didn’t do a whole lot of other Easter decorating this year with all we have going on – just a few little touches here and there….
Some colorful Easter candy on the coffee table (for decorative purposes only – I swear!!)
And few birds nest here and there…(the gorgeous barn art is by Deann Art. This piece is her “Rustic Field”. I love the soft colors – makes me think of spring in the country!)
If you’d like to see what my spring home looked like last year (when I wasn’t in the middle of selling my house, getting plans for the new one ready, and other assorted design projects, and had more time to decorate), you can check out my living room here, and my entry and mudroom here.
A couple pics from last year’s spring tours:
Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you picked up a little design inspiration for your Easter and spring decorating. Be sure to hop on over to my good friend Amie at Meme Hill Studio, where I know you will be treated to lots of colorful Easter (eye) candy!
And here’s the entire list of participating bloggers on today’s tour: