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Elegantly Entertaining at Easter

Whilst it doesn’t generate the same frantic rush to the shops and weeks of pre-planning that Christmas does, Easter is still a very important time of year and one which usually revolves around family, friends and loved ones. So, if you are entertaining this Easter, here’s a few quick and easy, low cost tips and ideas on how you can achieve a personalised, festive look for your gathering.

To decorate a dining table, use crisp, white, table linen and layer up with pastels. Start with lots of lemon, or pale lime and continue to add pale pinks, blues, peaches or lilacs. A runner down the centre of the table with some matching or contrasting napkins will kick off your colour scheme.

Dainty, china tea-cups (you can pick them up quite readily from charity shops if you don’t have any), make pretty tea-light holders. Alternatively, if you fill them with wax and a wick they make great candles or, you could hand paint some small glass votives with dotty floral or spotty patterns. Layer up your crockery, if it’s plain, add coloured doilies and pretty up a cake stand or vase with some dotty ribbon.

Make some homemade cupcakes in dotty or pastel coloured cake cases (or, if you don’t bake, buy some and drop them into the coloured cases) and decorate with pastel icings and Easter trimmings or cake toppers. You can make the toppers with little effort or imagination from coloured & printed paper and card. Cut mirror images of simple Easter motifs such as rabbits, butterflies and flowers and stick back-to-back trapping a cocktail stick between. Pastel card cut and folded with a simple ribbon added, also makes effective, personalised place settings.

Flowers are a must for an Easter table but they must be fresh not artificial. You don’t have to blow your budget on them, inexpensive supermarket ones will do the job fine and make all the difference. Arranging them needn’t be complicated either. Keep it simple as follows – choose three large blooms and a handful of smaller ones, group into an informal bouquet in a glass vase, removing all leaves from leaves below the water line for a professional look that will also make your blooms last longer. Seasonal daffodils and tulips are great but heady blooms such as chrysanthemum and hydrangea if you can get them; look absolutely stunning with little or no effort and no floral skills required. For a burst of fresh spring fragrance invest in some freesias to your display.

For a party atmosphere, indoors or out, adorn your scheme with pastel coloured bunting in dotty, floral or striped fabrics or, if you don’t sew, some homemade paper chains.

For fun you can involve the whole family in, stage a simple Easter egg hunt. Easter is a celebration we associate with Spring, so above all keep it light, bright, cheerful and not too formal. It is essentially a celebration of life, so approach it with zest and enthusiasm and you won’t go far wrong.

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Happy Easter to one and all….

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