I realize that I probably should have shared this with you before Easter. The truth is I was running around trying to get so many things ready and I just didn’t have time to plan my Easter table décor too far in advance of the Easter holiday.
What can you do, right?
However, I still wanted to share it with you so you could see how I decorated as we celebrated our first official holiday here at Sugar Maple Farmhouse.
We had a small group this year. Just my little family, my mom and my aunt. Some others didn’t want to make the trek, and some declined for unknown reasons. But, small certainly isn’t a negative unless you’re against having a lot of leftovers. 🙂
Despite our small size, I was determined to make it feel similar to one of my large, extended family, traditional Easters. We usually have a few courses:
First comes the antipasto, which consists of Prosciutto, Mortadella, salami and other meats and cheeses. It also includes marinated artichoke hearts (my favorite!), marinated mushrooms and red peppers.
Second and third comes the pasta and salad. There’s always an argument among all the strong Italian women in my family about which one comes first.
Fourth is the main course and at Easter that usually consists of ham, lamb and about five or six sides for everyone to enjoy.
Lastly is dessert. There’s never a shortage of dessert at any holiday or party in my family. That’s exactly the way it should be if you ask me too. 🙂 Kevin disagrees and thinks I do too much, but I don’t hear him complaining when it comes time to actually eat it.
How we honored tradition
I stayed true to the number of courses here but tried to do it in a more relaxed way. Instead of a big, sit-down antipasto course where everyone is passing trays and plates I put together a cheese and charcuterie board for the four adults. (The kids ate goldfish, cheese and yogurt. My children are the pickiest eaters in the world.)
I did; however, stick to our pasta and salad course as my grandmother would like. I didn’t take photos of the courses because I was busy prepping and eating but I will try to remember to do that in the future. I made a sauce that everyone really loved so I’ll make sure I make it again and share it here.
For the main meal we served up ham, roasted potatoes, Brussel sprouts and bacon (another family favorite) and a gorgeous loaf of bread from the Grand Rapids downtown market.
Perfect Easter table decor
Aside from the food, our Easter table décor was also on pretty adorable. My family doesn’t tend to go all out where décor is concerned, but I like to make things look festive.
That said, I haven’t hosted a lot of holidays, so I don’t have a lot of dish sets. Generally, I buy one or two dishes – and lots of those- because I pick them up for food photos and we have our really, over-the-top-fancy china.
I wanted to find something simple, festive and not crazy overpriced to help celebrate our day. I stopped by Williams Sonoma last Thursday and found the cutest set of bunny plates.
A decor trick for everyone
I realize Williams Sonoma might be expensive for a lot of people. However, this is one of my décor tricks:
If you can find a little something from a higher-end store, and pay a little more for it, you can easily incorporate it with some pieces from an everyday store.
The bunny plates were a perfect touch because I knew they would look adorable on top of something more simple and still make a statement. You can find them here ON SALE now. See, there’s a bonus to writing this after the holiday!
I also selected three more items from Williams Sonoma for the Easter table décor.
Always check the clearance
The large plate under the bunny plate is also from WS. It is on clearance right now! I bought seven of them for $7 each and I am going to look for a few more to make a set of 12. The downside to the plate being on clearance is that you can’t get it online. You have to find it in stores.
The green table runner is actually my favorite color and is a gorgeous linen. It makes a spring table look beautiful. Since it isn’t marked just for Easter, this is something I can use throughout the rest of the spring and the summer. You can find it here.
Lastly, the bunny plates. are also from William Sonoma. I bought them in a cream color because I wanted something simple that I could use for multiple holidays. Think Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day and Christmas. They will really go well with any color palette you want to use.
Because they will go with everything, they are not on sale. But if you’re looking for pretty, spring blue ones, those are on sale. Other colors are also on sale right now.
As for my other items, they were all from Target or free!
The woven charger that the plates are on is from Target. I bought them to be a daily placement for our table. It’s thick and it is textured, and I love combining different textures when it comes to design and food too. It helps eye something to it for your eye.
My florals were just simple daisies and carnations in soft pastels from a local flower shop. I added baby’s breath for softness and to keep the mason jars (which I had) feeling a little more farmhouse-like. I also used some simple twine that I had around the jars and used that same twine as a napkin tie.
Lastly, I decided to add some of our eggs. We use white and brown eggs this year and I love how the brown eggs turned out. Such pretty and more natural colors than the vibrant ones you usually get with the white eggs.
I can’t wait until next year when we have our own eggs!
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