This year we'll be hosting my family at our house for Easter, so I spent yesterday setting the tables so they would be all ready to go. For the most part, I use what I have without buying anything special, so it's always a challenge to come up with something new!
In the dining room, I wanted a fancy garden feel.
I started with the large birdcage that I found at Goodwill several years ago and built around it. I love this birdcage, and wish that the bottom totally opened up so I could fill it with larger things or plants, but there's one tiny door that I was able to squeeze some candles through. This look could easily be copied with any type of birdcage, or even a grouping of several smaller ones.
As I started pulling other things to use, I thought a few blue and white pots would add a nice bit of color for the otherwise neutral setting. I picked up the succulents at Ikea a few weeks ago.
I also ended up with some shine and mixed metals, and some added texture with the woven placemats and bird nests.
I used this tutorial for the cute bunny napkins! Once I figured the first one out the rest were easy. I did have trouble getting them to stay together on their own, so there is one pin in the back to secure the shape.
In the kitchen, I used more color.
I started with stacking a Bordallo platter and cake stand for the centerpiece and filling it with nests, spanish moss and eggs. Couldn't be easier and you could use any kind of platter and stand for this, or even stack several cake stands together. I just didn't have two green ones, so I used the platter for the base. I've picked up all of my Bordallo at Ross or TJ Maxx over the years, and the cake plate was a gift from Ray's Mom, but I believe it came from Tuesday Morning.
I had these turquoise plates in the garage sale pile, but had to pull them back in. I always love this color for Easter!
The napkins are paper from Ikea, and I used more die cut flowers for the place cards.
I've had the artichoke candleholders for several years, they came from Hobby Lobby.
So since the tables are done, now I'm off to clean house, grocery shop, cook, and finish up a project or two! Our kids are out of school tomorrow, so I'll see you Monday. Easter blessings to you!
P.S.: Just as I was wrapping up this post today, I read this. As we celebrate Easter this weekend, this really gets down to the heart of the matter. It challenged and encouraged me, and I hope it does you as well!