Are you “craft-challenged,” like me?
I wasn’t always this way. I remember back to when I was a kid: I sewed, was always involved in ceramics, arts and crafts and was thrilled to get my hands on any creative project I could. But life changes as we get older, and for me, much of that craftiness began to fall to the wayside. Somewhere along the way, I lost my Martha-Stewart-gene, and sometimes that leaves me at a loss when holiday planning.
Setting the perfect Easter dinner table is no exception. There is plenty of inspiration out there in cyberspace, but the problem is, sometimes it’s too perfect. Am I the only one who’s a little rusty on my decoupage skills? I can’t help but think to myself, “There must be a simpler way for even someone like me to create a picture-perfect table.”
So if you’re craft-challenged like me, perhaps on a tight budget, or maybe just really busy with everyday life and short on time, you might find these simple ideas a quick and easy way to spruce up your Easter dinner table:
•Colored egg place cards: one of the great things about Easter is that it lends itself to all the bright, cheery colors of spring. This color palette gives us an advantage right off the bat. Eggs colored in rich pastels not only can inspire a charming, easy-to-make centerpiece, they can also take the place of traditional “place cards” for your guests. With the touch of a silver marker, you can adorn each colored egg with a guest’s name and place it directly on top (or near) their designated place setting. The varied colored eggs will automatically give pops of color to your table while personalizing each place setting (plus they make a fun, edible Paleo treat for each guest!).
•Monochromatic centerpiece: don’t care for a rainbow palette of pastels on your table? A monochromatic take on colored eggs is a chic way to display color: think eggs dipped in various shades of blue and nestled in sky blue paper “grass” resting in a simple silver bowl. Seriously, so easy!
•Homespun garden arrangements: why not show off those pretty garden flowers you work so hard to maintain all year long? Flower arranging is also not my strongpoint, but finding a few striking, colorful flowers from the garden and placing them in small mix and match vases is something anyone can do. A mix of white, pink and lavender fresh-picked garden flowers displayed in a mason jar brings life to your table with delicate, yet bold shabby-chic style.
With just these few details and touches, a little will go a long way. And I promise you: if I can do it, anyone can. Happy Easter, everyone!