Let the bunny greet your guests when they sit down to eat. The rabbit might not be real (for obvious reasons), but the grass is definitely all natural. For this one, you can either grow the grass in the container (it takes about one to two weeks) or buy some greenery to recreate the look. Top with chocolate “carrots” that your guests can take after the end of the meal. Don’t forget about the rest of the table, too—Courtney of Pizzazzerie added an orange tablecloth and napkins, rimmed plates, and rabbit-themed cups.
You’ll know these “flowers” will last forever—or at least longer than the real ones do. The same time you’re dying eggs with your kids for the Easter party, you can also use the leftover dye to create these paper flowers. You’ll need flat coffee filters, tall and wide straws, white glue, and scissors. Dip just the top of the filters and let dry—the dye will soak through to cover the whole filter. Place in a pretty vase like Amanda of Aunt Peaches did, and your table is set. Or, you can make a flower for each of your guests and place at each place setting for a party favor.
Before you do the grocery shopping for your Easter gathering, you might want to add a few more ingredients to your list for these adorably sweet and colorful cupcakes. These Robin’s Egg cupcakes will stand out on your dining or buffet table with their pretty blue hues. While you can choose any cupcake flavor you like, we suggest going with chocolate cupcakes. Put a couple drops of blue food dye into the vanilla frosting until you get a pale blue color. And don’t forget about the chocolate “speckles” to make them look more like the real thing (but a lot tastier!)
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Easter Egg Flowers
Who knew eggs could make pretty flowers, too? When they’re hidden in a bright spring bouquet, they’re bound to be a charming surprise for guests at the table who happen to peer closely. To make these, blow out an egg by piercing both of the ends and blowing out the contents with a straw, then rinse the egg so there’s no sticky residue. Carefully place the eggs on the skewers and stick into your bouquet. You can cut the skewers to match the height of the flowers, so it fits just right in the vase.
Topiaries along a dining table can make for an elegant, garden party-inspired tablescape—which is perfect for the spring season. The eggs on this topiary are in a classic Easter palette of pastel blues, but you can choose any color scheme you want, depending on the rest of your tablescape. Kim of Sand & Sisal used plastic craft or paper-mâché eggs for this project. You’ll need a Styrofoam cone, chalky finish paint, brown acrylic paint (for the spots), and preserved green moss. Depending on your table size, you might want to make more than one.
Got a couple of empty bottles on hand? Make them your Easter centerpiece. Take a wine bottle or any other kind of glass bottle, rinse out, and cover with fabric to dress them up. The best part is you don’t need to buy an expensive or ornate bouquet of flowers—pretty tulips will do. Paint stripes on plain fabric with craft paint, like Liz of I Heart Naptime did for this project, or if you’ve got some pretty spring-inspired fabric around your house, use that. Wrap the fabric around the bottle, secure with hot glue, and tie with twine or any other kind of ribbon.
Sometimes all you need for a centerpiece is a decorative box or crate. April of House by Hoff used tulips in colored jars and placed them inside this rustic-looking crate. She also left two jars empty and put flatware inside for guests to grab. To complete the look, just roll out a table runner to place underneath. (The runner doesn’t have to scream Easter—this one is in a classic stripe.) It’s so simple and easy—plus, you might even have most of these items in your house already.
For a cheerful and natural addition to your table, create your own little slice of a garden for the centerpiece. Since these are planted, you can keep this one out on your dining table all spring. Jenny of Everyday Occasions planted daffodils in a wooden container, but you can switch out the flowers depending on the season (she added paperwhites for the holidays). To add an Easter element, she placed blue and brown eggs in moss. And if that’s not enough for your Easter table, you can write the names of your guests on eggs and display them at each table setting.