Easter is one of those holidays that always sneaks up on me. Maybe it’s because it’s not on the same day every year. But it always seems like suddenly it’s Good Friday, I have a house full of guests coming for Easter brunch, and I haven’t done a thing to get ready.
Don’t panic. Here are some easy Easter table centerpieces you can throw together in a jiff.
▪ Eggcellent idea: Now that eggs are good for you again, I’ve started having two farm eggs for breakfast every day. I’m hoping the added protein will make my nails stronger. I’m crazy about the brown ones because they just feel more authentic than the white ones. Crazy, I know. When I get the carton home, I take all the eggs out and put them in a pretty bowl in my fridge. It makes me smile as I pull out the bowl brimming with eggs each morning, like I’m living on a farm or something. And, it makes Dan happy because it gives him another excuse to tease me.
So, this is my first quick centerpiece idea: Fill a vintage bowl with natural eggs, either brown or white or the interesting variety of shades you can find from your local farmers now. Sweet, simple and done in 30 seconds. Score!
If you want to take this look up a notch, flank the bowl of eggs with Easter decor.
▪ Livin’ large: When my home was in my grand old house in Atchison, we had a formal party — and a book shoot — so we did it up big. But, the decor wasn’t hard to create. We just layered dishes from several china patterns, then topped each place setting with a glass jar filled with chocolate eggs. The napkins are tied in simple satin ribbon, with a little flower threaded in.
The place card holders were a little harder to pull off. We found wheat grass at the local market, tied it up in a bunch and tucked in the name card. The grass kept wilting, so we had to fill the saucer with a bit of water.
Mary Carol Garrity is the founder and owner of Nell Hill’s home interior boutiques in Atchison and at the Village at Briarcliff.