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Easter Table Decorations

Updated on February 28, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Easter table decorations can be anything from beautiful to whimsical, depending on your own sense of style. You may be looking for something for a centerpiece for your dinner table or an adorable vignette for the top of the fireplace mantle. No matter what you love, or what your budget is, there is something everyone.

There are a few details to consider when putting together your centerpiece or vignette:

  • Colors should complement each other and the rest of the room.
  • Balance is important. Things should not be symmetrical necessarily but should have form and balance.
  • Interest is created by using different heights, textures, colors, or shapes.
  • If your centerpiece will be on the dining table the tallest item should be low enough for people to see each other over it.

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image: istock/permission licensed

Vintage Easter Table Decorations

If you love antiques and vintage items holidays are a great time to create displays that highlight your collections. You can either display them en masse or create vignettes with several items that are related. Some vintage Easter collectibles are:

  • Tin chocolate molds - with an Easter or spring motif are a fun collectible. They come in different sizes and shapes but the most popular continue to be the bunny characters.
  • Easter postcards – the most popular postcards to collectors were created between 1895 and 1920.
  • Easter candy holders – made of everything from fine china to papier mache, candy holders are great to use as centerpieces. They can hold flowers, candy, dinner rolls, or just be part of the vignette that you create. The most popular of these are from Germany, created in the first twenty years of the 20th century.
  • Salt and pepper shakers – figural, holiday motifs can be utilized as salt and pepper shakers and placed at individual places at the table or arranged in conjunction with other holiday china.

Floral Arrangements

Flowers are always appropriate. You may want to use one (or two, if the table is quite long) arrangements on the dinner table or make small nosegays in china teacups and use them as place card holders. Traditional flowers for the Easter table might include:

  • Sweetheart roses
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lilies
  • Tulips
  • Daffodils
  • Violets

Whimsical Décor

Painted wooden bunnies, chicks, and eggs are popular Easter décor. Displayed with houses and other items, these make adorable vignettes on mantles, side tables, and bookshelves. You can vary heights with vintage books, candles, and even vases.

  • Fill a rustic bowl with wooden eggs painted to look like Ukrainian Easter eggs, and placing a thick pillar candle in the center.
  • Create scenes with figurines and the accessories that go with them.
  • Tuck fluffy toy chicks in potted flower arrangements or on a bread tray.

Hang a grapevine wreath with an Easter theme.

Hot glue silk flowers to a straw hat and hang it over a chair.

No matter how you decide to decorate your home for Easter you should have fun with it. Easter décor should reflect something about your personality, your collections, and it should make you smile when you see it. There are no hard and fast rules about decorating your home for any holiday except to have fun and enjoy yourself. Easter table decorations are an expression of your personal style.


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      DinnerMom 7 years ago

      Nice ideas for Easter decorating. It really is easy to make a beautiful table with a little inspiration.

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      AARON99 7 years ago

      Simply awesome. Keep it up.

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      relica 7 years ago from California

      Great ideas for decorating an Easter table. It will be here before you know it. I especially love the simple, vintage decorations. Nice hub!

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      Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      I love Easter. Love the colors, the smells, the kids finding Easter eggs. Best of all I love what Easter represents!!

      Thanks for the good ideas on decorating!!

      Thumbs up!

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      I like seeing the ebay sales.

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      Sharif Ishnin 7 years ago from Singapore

      Lovely ideas and suggestions.It's sure to look cute with the theme and all.

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      djbraman 7 years ago

      Great Easter article. Sometimes the most simple can be the most beautiful. I live in a farm area in N.C.and I grow roses so I especially loved the straw hat idea with hot glued flowers. I would love to know what you are doing to your 100 year old house, having you posted before and after pictures?