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Bunnies and Chickens and Eggs, Oh My! (20 Ways to Prepare your Easter Table)

Whether you’re hosting the family’s Easter meal this year or you just want to spruce things up for spring, decorating a fresh and festive Easter table is always fun. There are so many options – classic springtime color schemes, classic Easter season items, and classic seasonal animals, to name a few. You can mix things up, turn classic décor into modern or casual or formal or whatever you need.

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Whatever your dining dreams this Easter-time, check out these fantastic Easter table decoration examples for some inspiration.

Casual Dining.

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Use Unexpected Items for Centerpiece. Probably most of us wouldn’t expect to see the head of a chocolate rabbit peering out at us during dinner, but an iconic Easter item like a chocolate bunny is what makes this Easter setting so fun. That, and the bright, cheerful blues and greens.{image by Centsationalgirl}.

Fresh, Spring Colors.

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While your entire table doesn’t have to be decked out in pastels…it doesn’t hurt, either! Aquas and greens make a great palette for dining (research shows green to be one of the most food-compatible colors for dining rooms). And adding daffodil yellow into the mix really brightens up the whole room. Go with white accents when you’re using more than one color on your table for a fresher, simpler look.{found on pizzazzerie}.

Use Real-Natural Pieces.

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If you’re one who tends to eschew the silk flowers and the plastic eggs at Easter, your table will look just as lovely using the real thing. Some white ceramic bowls full of a variety of fresh eggs and some fresh spring flowers is a simple yet perfectly seasonal table centerpiece. Lay a single flower at each place setting for a lovely adornment.

Bunny-Eared Easter Eggs.

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This doesn’t show the whole table, I know, but I couldn’t pass up sharing this idea with you. If the classic hard-boiled egg will make an appearance at your Easter table, why not shake things up a bit and disguise the egg as an endearing napkin-eared bunny? This is a fun (and practical!) way to add some vertical color to your table setting.

Outdoor Dining.

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Let Mother Nature do the Decorating. Whenever possible, take advantage of the beauty of nature itself when dining al fresco. Can you imagine any more fitting (or decorative) setting for your Easter dinner than under this heavenly lavender lilac bush?

Consider Comfort in Seating.

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Although they’re very comfortable, you can’t very well pull up your lounge chairs to the outdoor Easter table. Make sure you consider the comfort of your dinner guests in seating choices. If your outdoor chairs are unpadded, it’s a good idea to use chair pads or at least have plenty of pillows on-hand. This will make the meal so much more enjoyable!

(Faux) Grass Placemats.

Set your table to mimic a picnic on the grass…complete with grassy placemats out of turf, flowers strewn haphazardly about, and bunnies coming to join in on the fun. I can only imagine a perfect Easter brunch at a setting like this one.

Decorate with Colorful Food.

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Outdoor dining can be trickier than indoor due to the potential for less dining space. Outside, you’re further from the kitchen or food prep area, so as much of the meal might need to sit on the table as possible. When space is a little tight, use brightly colored food (fresh fruits and vegetables are ideal for this), displayed attractively, as a major player in your table decorations.

Let it Bloom.

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Using branches in a centerpiece vase is nothing new, of course, but it’s a particularly charming idea to use newly budded branches in celebration of spring. Keeping the rest of the table decorations simple (and white) will help the greenery pop.{found on dearlillieblog}.

Formal Dining.

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Keep the Centerpiece Simple and Chic. A set of three tall daffodil vases down a long rectangular table add enough visual height to the table without making things feel too heavy. Quite the opposite – the whole setting feels light and airy and, well, like spring!{found on site}.

Add Color with Tinted Glass.

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For a more sophisticated, grown-up tablescape, consider opting for traditional decorating ideas (e.g., hanging eggs from branches) but use more luxe materials to do so. Plenty of glass adds sparkle and elegance.

Use a Pastel + White.

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Pick a pastel, any pastel, and use that color in a few select pieces. Fresh flowers in a bolder version of that color will enhance your theme. Then use white and glass objects everywhere else for a fresh, and beautiful, setting.

Go Golden.

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Nothing says “elegance” like a few dashes of gold mixed in to a dining setting. Just a couple of gilded details will go far – some gold detail on the cups and golden eggs at each setting, for example, are enough to punctuate this sophisticated space. (Plus, the use of lovely colored stemware never hurts!){found on thejoyofdecorating}.

Commit to Your Theme.

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One way to approach decorating a table at any time, including Easter, is to pick your theme and scheme, and fully commit to it. This white and blue Easter table is a delightfully over-the-top take on a classic palette and pieces, including a little bit of everything!
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Go All Out – Garden Theme.

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Easter comes but once a year, right? So why not turn every dining opportunity into a festive celebration! Carrots are the major players in this tablescape, with candy carrot bags on top of flower plates, orange and green-and-white striped stem candles, peeking out of the centerpiece…all trying to avoid the playful invasion of white Easter Bunnies. A delightful dining experience!

Look Up.

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Adding to the ambiance of any meal, whether geared for children or not, is the decoration of the entire dining room. Adding a garland across the table helps to create a sense of fun and celebration – and if that’s not enough, add a mini garland to part of the centerpiece on the table itself!

Color, color, and more color.

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Celebrate the fact that it’s spring on your Easter tabletop. Choose bright, bold, vibrant colors – the more the merrier – and create an eye-catching table setting this season.

Decorate Each Setting.

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Pick one thing that you can add to each setting at the Easter table – in this case, a modern decorated egg. This will help to make each guest feel special as they enjoy the beautiful setting and good food and company.

Use Food as Decoration.

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Let’s face it – kids love food, especially treats, so few things would make them as excited to sit down to dine at Easter time than a centerpiece that incorporates some of their favorite things. This little branch holding marshmallow peeps might be just the motivator to keep them eating their whole meal!

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Posted in Interiors on March 6, 2014

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Brittney Smart
Brittney is a wife, a mom of four young children, a writer and editor (B.S. degree in English/Technical Writing), and a lover of interior design. She thrives on finding inexpensive ways to DIY her own home into a stylish yet family-friendly space.

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