If you have been suddenly tasked with hosting the next Easter gathering, but do not want to break the budget, here are 3 quick, simple and inexpensive ideas to decorate your table.
My home has mainly neutral tones and so I wanted to use colors which would blend in well, versus the more traditional pastels. I decided to go with a natural woodsy look similar to a temperate rain forest. And since I also wanted to save on spending, I chose materials which were already available around my house.
Small Flat Basket
Large Glass Vase
All 3 centerpieces used some variation or combination of the materials listed above, and the great thing about them is that no glue was necessary for putting them together.
Bird’s Nest – This uses just 4 items, the flat basket, moss, eggs and feathers. Just lay the moss in the basket, and then add the eggs and feathers for accent.
Large Glass Centerpiece – This is another simple decorative piece to assemble, using the charger plate, moss, large glass vase, and eggs. Place the glass vase in the center of the charger plate and arrange the moss around it. Finish by carefully adding your eggs in the vase.
Platter Centerpiece -A nice decorative dish will add a touch of elegance to the centerpiece. First take some of the moss and lay it in the dessert cups and add an egg in the center of each cup. Finish by placing the cups on the platter and arranging some polished stones around them.
Two of the centerpieces had real chicken eggs of various colors from white, to shades of tan and brown, and pale blue. The platter centerpiece used real turkey eggs which are larger with brown speckles.
Real eggs have the added benefit of being edible. Just make sure that your eggs are properly hard boiled.
If using raw eggs for your centerpiece, take extra care to prevent breakage.
Egg shells can also be used by removing the insides of the eggs, piercing a small hole on the rounded side and then shaking it out. Wash the shells thoroughly, let dry overnight and then coat with lacquer to harden.
For a permanent set of centerpieces, substitute real eggs for painted, wooden or paper mache ones which can be obtained from your local craft store.