If, like me, you enjoy decorating spaces for a special occasion then, to my mind, Easter comes only second to Christmas when it comes to sourcing products and making pieces to add festive touches around the home. I love this time of year and enjoy bringing spring flowers inside and filling bowls with pretty eggs, hanging decorations from branches and setting the scene for the Easter celebrations.
With this feature, we’ve got your Easter styling covered: we’ve picked out some of the prettiest wreaths we’ve come across for this year; show you some of our favourite decorations for creating a beautiful Easter tree; and, for those of you planning on entertaining at home, we’ve put together four looks for your table.
Wreaths are not just for Christmas: at this time of year a pretty wreath will add a welcoming touch of colour and a feeling of spring to your entranceway. Real or faux, there are some fantastic wreaths out there to choose from; here are four of our favourites:
Clockwise from top-left: Fresh Easter door wreath, £50, Blooms and Buds. Floral Easter wreath, £52, Ella James at notonthehighstreet.com. Easter wreath, £25, Marks & Spencer. Easter egg & flowers wreath, £30, Gisela Graham London at The Contemporary Home
An Easter Tree
It is thought that the tradition of decorating Easter trees originated in Germany and is, in fact, centuries old. If you’d like to have a go at making your own, then either collect some fallen branches which you can then colour with spray-paint or leave au-naturel, or use long stems of pussy-willow (a good local florist should have a variety of suitable twigs). Arrange the branches in a big jug – ideally one with a wide mouth which will allow them to splay out – and then have fun hanging pretty decorations; here’s our pick of this year’s offerings:
Blue and white wooden bunny decorations, £9 for a set of 3; The Contemporary Home
Natural wood egg decorations by Gisela Graham London, £8 for 6; both The Contemporary Home
Hanging Easter decorations, from £2.50, John Lewis
Hand painted bird decorations, £12 for a set of 2, Traidcraft
Easter chick decoration, £1.20 each or £4.15 for a set of 3, Red Lilly at notonthehighstreet.com
Bright egg decorations, £8 for a set of 12, John Lewis
The Easter Table
Easter is a lovely time to get together with friends and family and it’s an opportunity to go to town with your table decoration. We’ve put together four very different looks to inspire you:
These beautiful flowers from Bloom & Wild provided me with the starting point for this scheme. I’ve chosen blue napkins which echo the pretty spring flowers, and these handmade wine goblets have a wonderful lustre which will look gorgeous on any dining table.
From left to right: The English Garden bouquet, £60, Bloom & Wild. Blue white spot side plate, £19.50 each; Stripe napkins, £22 for a set of 4; all Susie Watson Designs. Tilda flower egg cups, £10 each, Rowen & Wren
For a dreamy, romantic scheme, choose blush pinks and off-whites and combine them with the palest blues and greys. These fabulous egg cups deserve pride of place on the table: perfect at breakfast time for those boiled eggs; for a formal lunch, how about placing one by each guest’s place-setting and displaying a hand-decorated egg in it?
Clockwise from top-left: Hand-painted floral egg decorations, £14 for a set of 4, Traidcraft. Park Wildlife egg cups, £16 for a set of 4, Cath Kidston. Embroidered pommed bunny headband, £16.50, Anthropologie. Cotton napkins, £16.50 for set of 4, Closet & Botts at Trouva
This playful look is perfect for a relaxed family breakfast. Positioning the Easter tree in the centre of your dining table gives a real point of focus and laying the table with these pretty egg cups and super-soft linen napkins ties the look together. Excitable children will appreciate a bunny headband to wear or a fun bag filled little treats.
From left to right: Rabbit & Cabbage placemats, £35 for a set of 4; Classic Rabbit & Cabbage napkin, £11.50; all Thornback & Peel. Byrne table planter, £32 (tealight stakes sold separately), Rowen & Wren. Recycled glasses, £6.75 each, Baileys Home
I love Thornback & Peel’s eye-catching designs: their Rabbit & Cabbage range is fabulous all year round but comes into its own at Easter. Terracotta pots filled with greenery, or one of these long planters, which enable you to combine pretty plants with candlelight, would work really well here. To keep the look feeling a little rustic, I’d use a wooden table or linen tablecloth as the base. These simple recycled glasses tie in nicely.
I hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for styling your Easter festivities. We will be decorating our own Easter tree over the weekend, with the help of some super-keen little hands! Check out our second Easter feature: I’ll be covering our pick of the best looking – and most delicious – chocolate around, and will show you some great product ideas for Easter themed crafts and baking.