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Easter Home Decorating and Easter Food Menu Ideas

Updated on March 22, 2013

Easter Decorations

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A basket full of bunnies are the focal point on the fireplace mantelStart with a blank canvasEaster decor filling the mantelsculpture adds interest with egg shape and another bunnyCeramic musical eggs (Avon) special collectibles get prime attentionHandcrafted wooden houses with Stampin Up paper and accessories for whimsical themedecorative bird bath indoors, to fill a corner with a touch of springAnother shelf top to fill. A butterfly house from the garden and an Easter tree.One simple bowl and bunny sits in the center of the bistro tableA bunny wreath draped over a hurricane candleItems collected from the dollar store and a few other inexpensive places. Easter decor on a budgeta collectible ceramic train found on ebay. Vintageceramic and fabric sitting bunnies from a dollar storeadd Easter greeting cards from prior and current years
A basket full of bunnies are the focal point on the fireplace mantel
A basket full of bunnies are the focal point on the fireplace mantel | Source
Start with a blank canvas
Start with a blank canvas | Source
Easter decor filling the mantel
Easter decor filling the mantel | Source
sculpture adds interest with egg shape and another bunny
sculpture adds interest with egg shape and another bunny | Source
Ceramic musical eggs (Avon) special collectibles get prime attention
Ceramic musical eggs (Avon) special collectibles get prime attention | Source
Handcrafted wooden houses with Stampin Up paper and accessories for whimsical theme
Handcrafted wooden houses with Stampin Up paper and accessories for whimsical theme | Source
decorative bird bath indoors, to fill a corner with a touch of spring
decorative bird bath indoors, to fill a corner with a touch of spring | Source
Another shelf top to fill. A butterfly house from the garden and an Easter tree.
Another shelf top to fill. A butterfly house from the garden and an Easter tree. | Source
One simple bowl and bunny sits in the center of the bistro table
One simple bowl and bunny sits in the center of the bistro table | Source
A bunny wreath draped over a hurricane candle
A bunny wreath draped over a hurricane candle | Source
Items collected from the dollar store and a few other inexpensive places. Easter decor on a budget
Items collected from the dollar store and a few other inexpensive places. Easter decor on a budget | Source
a collectible ceramic train found on ebay. Vintage
a collectible ceramic train found on ebay. Vintage | Source
ceramic and fabric sitting bunnies from a dollar store
ceramic and fabric sitting bunnies from a dollar store | Source
add Easter greeting cards from prior and current years
add Easter greeting cards from prior and current years | Source

Decorating for Easter

This is such a fun American holiday tradition when you have young children. You can still enjoy it with older or none at all. Decorating your home are a delightful celebration and an introduction to spring decorating. Decadent wreaths filled with mini bunnies, eggs and hyacinths hang on the door. The three inch thick Easter themed ribbon cascades down the front door. It is a welcome to spring.

I love the statues, pictures and baskets.They are so much fun to distribute them throughout the house. Reuse easter grass, shredded paper or pastel foam peanuts in the base of the baskets.

Shopping for them is exciting! Looking at garage sales, craft stores and traditional storefronts. Shopping online and for handmade designs to vintage decor. Select the items that appeal to you the most. Add variety, different types of bunnies, eggs, egg holders and children's Easter toys. Puzzles, tops, and wind up bunny cars give the decor a more playful appearance.

A mantel is the perfect pallet to decorate. Start off with a blank canvas so to speak. A few tall pieces, a few special ones, baskets, and bunnies are all you need. I mix treasures collected over the years, stuffed animals, kids toys and dollar store find.

The Noah's arc egg is a sculpture I have owned since the early 90's. I love it with the Easter decor. A stuffed bunny leaning against it, and it immediately belongs. The ceramic egg musicals are a distinctive collection. The blue one is for my son , and pink one is for my daughter. Adding a extraordinarily special, more expensive pieces are ideal when you find what you love.

The three wooden houses are handcrafted with paint, Stampin Up paper and accessories. I created it during a workshop at the convention in 2011. They add a spring home atmosphere and a bit more character.

Kids Toys and Children's Books for Easter Decor

Children's toys like stuffed bunnies want to sit in an Easter basket
Children's toys like stuffed bunnies want to sit in an Easter basket | Source
Children's books with bunny or chick themes add a whimsical theme in a playful way
Children's books with bunny or chick themes add a whimsical theme in a playful way | Source
Special Easter Collectible. Two Bunnies on a Swing. (found in the Dollar Depot in Blue Springs, MO ($50) I have seen similar in Floral Shops and Hobby Stores
Special Easter Collectible. Two Bunnies on a Swing. (found in the Dollar Depot in Blue Springs, MO ($50) I have seen similar in Floral Shops and Hobby Stores | Source
Spring Flowers, Daffodils and bright spring colors
Spring Flowers, Daffodils and bright spring colors | Source

Easter Decorating Tips and Display Ideas

I am sharing the items I own and offering some varying ways to display what you have. I decorative bird bath that fits into the corner with another touch of spring. Many outdoor decor works wonders indoors, as long as it isn't dirty. You have to be more careful with scratching furniture surfaces with cement or rough edges on those outdoor items.

Incorporate spring by adding real grass, real mini trees fresh flowers or forced bulbs (when you plan ahead). Add art by using hollowed out decorated eggs and handcrafted items to give the home a very artistic and personalized appearance. Use silk flowers and arrangements when fresh flowers are unavailable or to use till the day of Easter arrives. Then Easter Lilies, tulips and hyacinths will liven up the dinning room, while fragrancing the home.

Decorating tips: Move decorations around to find the perfect layout that appeals to you. Try to have at least one item or a collection, stand out as a focal point (your eyes hit it first). Carry the decorations to the front door and outdoors with wreaths, larger plastic eggs and statutes. Create an outdoor display by hanging eggs from a small tree or shrub. Add a bunny statue and a few eggs near by. Use a planter basket as the bunnies Easter basket.

Budget Easter Decorating

This is a treasure hunting event, to locate things in the house. Toys, books, magazines, baskets. Start off searching in your own home or in someone else when they have a bunch of stuff, and are willing to share it.

Dollar stores offer inexpensive items. It is amazing what cute decor you can collect on a small budget. Group the inexpensive collections together, to get the best look. Slip them into baskets and in between other Easter items on a shelf or table.

Garage sales offer vintage options and inexpensive decor that someone else has grown tired of.

Paper banners are an edition across walls, doors or windows. Print them out on an injet printer or created with from paper crafting.

Eggs emptied and then decorated the same as hard boiled eggs, will add an artistic touch to Easter trees and egg holders.

The art of sugar eggs are a tradition worth crafting. Allow enough time for the sugar to harden. Decorate inside with icing, candy and mini plastic animals.


Dollar Store Build a Basket Ideas

Easter Sunday Foods and Menu Planning

The common foods to enjoy on this holiday are of course, ham and develied eggs. I prefer some alternative dishes that immulate early fresh greens and healthier meats like bany hens or smoked salmon.

A seasonal cookbook like Alfred Portale's 12 Seasons Cookbook is perfect for selecting a full menu suited to March and April. The chocolate macaroons recipe, duck and lamb recipes are in this book.

Sides are the best opportunity to use fresh greens, squash and grape tomatoes. I love cucumbers for Easter dinners. The fresh crisp and light taste is easy on the pallet. Explore the table for general menu ideas.


Fun Easter Desserts

This is the perfect time to make particular shapes and designs out of cakes, cupcakes and cookies. One of my favorite projects on Easter, is a round cake with white icing, made to look like an Easter basket. Coconut kissed with green for grass, and jelly beans for a rainbow topping. In the picture below, peeps are peeking from the top of the basket.

Fruit cobblers are a tradition to share early fruit harvests while still using the oven in cooler climates.

This is the perfect time to create some gorgeous cake pops, sugar cookies in the shapes of tulips, rabbits and chicks.

Anything with lemons, bananas, or shortcake emulate the fresh spring atmosphere and light refreshing tastes. Key lime pies, lemon bars, bananas over shortbread or shortcake. Any fruits with shortcake or pound cake all compliment Easter dinners.

Easter Desserts

Easter basket shaped cake with Peeps
Easter basket shaped cake with Peeps | Source
Apple pie or cobbler compliments Easter dinners
Apple pie or cobbler compliments Easter dinners | Source

Easter Menu

Main Dish Ideas
Side Dishes
Easter Desserts
Ham
Cucumber Salads
Sponge Cake with Fruit
Duck
Deviled Eggs
Lemon Bars
Chicken or Banty Hens
Any Squash
Key Lime Pie
Salmon
Rice or Risotto
Chocolate Macaroons
Turkey Breast
Green Bean Casserole
Banana (anything)
Lamb
Creamy Fruit Salad
Easter Theme Cakes or Cookies

Easter Food Menu

Smoked Salmon, cucumber sandwiches, green bean casserole and baked beats. (my personal recipe for smoked salmon)
Smoked Salmon, cucumber sandwiches, green bean casserole and baked beats. (my personal recipe for smoked salmon) | Source
Cucumber, grape tomatoes and smoked salmon pieces salad
Cucumber, grape tomatoes and smoked salmon pieces salad | Source
Easter is not Easter without Deviled Eggs
Easter is not Easter without Deviled Eggs | Source
Cucumber and Smoked Salmon sandwiches on Rye (my personal recipe)
Cucumber and Smoked Salmon sandwiches on Rye (my personal recipe) | Source
Smoked stuffed Banty Hens (my personal recipe)
Smoked stuffed Banty Hens (my personal recipe) | Source

Collectibles to Budget Easter Decor

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    • stephanieb27 profile image

      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Lots of great ideas here!!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for sharing all your ideas here! Great pictures and fantastic videos!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Great ideas, love the images especially the basket cake that looks so cool. Enjoyed thre videos to. Thank you for sharing the wonderful tips.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Happy to meet another Missourian Stephanieb27. Thank you for commenting. Happy Easter!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you kidscrafts. It is so much fun to get everything out every year and decorate. This is the first time I shared it on the internet. I really like the video that creates the Easter baskets from dollar store items.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you rosemay50. If I find the old picture of the Easter basket cake, I will scan it in and add it too. Happy Easter!

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      Marie Alana 4 years ago from Ohio

      Great ideas! I can tell that you do a wonderful job with Easter. What did you use for the handle in the Easter Basket Cake?

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you MarieAlana1. The one in the picture on the hub and the one I did on my own is just foil and then covered with ribbon or something to make the handle look pretty. There are some edible options too. Kids love that cake, it is like seeing a gingerbread house.

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