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Easter Home Decorating and Easter Food Menu Ideas
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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
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.
Main Dish Ideas
Sponge Cake with Fruit
Chicken or Banty Hens
Key Lime Pie
Rice or Risotto
Green Bean Casserole
Creamy Fruit Salad
Easter Theme Cakes or Cookies