Spring truly begins once Easter arrives. Not only is the festival a great excuse to eat lots of chocolate, it also gives you an ideal reason to start some crafts projects and brighten up your home. Don't think of it as spring cleaning - this is all about adding festive decorations and thoughtful touches in preparation for that big family get-together on the 20th April.
No Easter party is complete without a few presents from the Easter Bunny. Even if your children are a little too old to really believe, you can still use this traditional story as part of your decorating theme. Coloured eggs are a great way to add some Easter flair to your table, whether you choose to place them in a bowl as a centrepiece or simply scatter them around each place setting. You don’t need expensive dyes, either: beetroot, turmeric, and red cabbage boiled with some vinegar will colour your eggs red, yellow, and blue respectively. Simply soak them in a concoction made from mixing the dyeing ingredient with vinegar and hot water until you see the eggs turning bright and beautiful colours.
Because the eggs are so light, they’re also perfect for making wreaths and garlands. Take some of your coloured eggs and attach them to a frame by threading some gardening twine through them and tying it at the back. Add a few bows and some gardening moss for a bit of added colour, then hang it proudly on your door to let everyone know where the Easter party is.
Flowers are a great way to add a spring motif to any celebration, and it’s no coincidence that some of the most colourful plants are in bloom at this time of year. Tulips, daffodils, carnations, bluebells and gerberas are all at their best during April and can be used to create beautiful arrangements. Look for blooms in pastel pink, vibrant yellow, lilac and sky blue. As a centrepiece, fill some egg cups with bright flowers and greenery and tier them on a cake stand, or arrange a border of carrots in a tall, square vase to add an Easter Bunny-themed touch.
If the weather is pleasant enough to allow for a garden party, most of your work will be done for you as the flowers burst into blossom. You can add a bit of Easter flair to a long garden table by turning some wine glasses upside down and using them as perches for citronella tea lights. In the upside-down bowl of the glass, scatter some colourful mini egg chocolates and gerbera flowers. Hang some pastel shaded bunting over the table, and you’re ready for the perfect Easter celebration.
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