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Set the Easter table

Set the Easter table

Before you know it, the Easter parade will arrive hippity-hoppity on Sunday, April 4. So, it’s time to plan a festive Easter brunch table for a small gathering of your immediate family.

We asked Linda Walker, one of our amazing visual artists who frequently creates tablescapes in our Farmhouse, for some tips on creating a memorable setting.

Start by considering the occasion and the mood you want to create. Is it a formal event with pomp and circumstance, or a casual family gathering? Then, imagine how you’ll tell that story through the decor of the table.

Begin with the prominent pieces on the table—the dishes. For our rustic Easter table, Linda selected some of our Taylor ceramics. Taylor is at the heart of our Aurora Artisanal collection and is handmade and hand-painted in Aurora, New York. It features several long-running patterns that are often collected over time and are perfect for mixing and matching. The soft pastel colors blend perfectly with solid white tableware that you might already own and will immediately make you think thoughts of spring and Easter.

We’ve also included a sneak peek of our special Easter ceramics—which will be available very soon, so stay tuned for the details. The Tulip Garden Egg Dish and the Tulip Garden Egg Vase are our first-ever Easter ceramics and will be available for a limited time only.

From there, Linda celebrated the palette of the Taylor pieces, focusing on the color orange. That led to thoughts of bunnies and carrots and accents like the super-fun Captain Carrot from our new Country Stroll collection. Linda also incorporated origami carrots, a fun craft for kids. These carrots, which are easy to make from scrapbook paper, can hold wrapped Easter treats and double as place cards on the table. You can make them with the template and instructions below.

Other tips:

  • Think outside the box. Skip the traditional tablecloth and fashion a pretty piece of fabric into a table runner like we did with a large piece of sunny yellow gingham seersucker. Another option for a table runner could be our Courtly Check Wallpaper.
  • Incorporate texture, whether it’s a rattan placemat or a small grapevine wreath serving as a napkin ring. Texture, Linda says, adds dimension, interest, and an element of nature, which is something that she likes to include with every tablescape.
  • Once you have a pretty good idea of what you want to include on the table, play with the elements. “Often, I can imagine what I want to do in my head, but it doesn’t really start to come together until I play with the pieces,” Linda says.

And speaking of playing, here are the instructions for making an origami carrot box.

  • Right-click on the template below to save it to your computer.
  • Print it out on scrapbook paper, making sure that the printed image is on the back of the patterned side of the paper. (You could also use the template as a pattern and draw around it on the scrapbook paper.)
  • Cut the box out on the solid lines and fold on the dotted lines.
  • Glue tab to left edge of box.
  • Fold two shorter top tabs in and punch a hole in the two rounded tabs.
  • Glue a nameplate to the front of carrot and fill the box with candy or other treats.
  • Insert a ribbon through the punched holes to hold the box closed.

 

 

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