If you’ve been following my blog for some time, then you know that I adore decorating for the holidays. And Easter is always so much fun with its pastel colors, and flowers in bloom, and nests and eggs and bunnies! I was especially excited to decorate this year as my family was coming in town for Easter, and my Hubby and I were hosting Easter Brunch.
I decided early on that I wanted this year’s decor to be elegant, yet whimsical. I wanted it to reflect my grown up tastes, yet meet my inner child’s nostalgic needs. I wanted it pretty. But also fun.
I have to say, I am so very pleased with how everything turned out!
Teacups, Saucers, and Plates
I have been wanting, for some time now, to collect a few teacups and saucers that I could use to display flowers. In my mind, I saw myself buying a teacup and saucer each time I shopped at an antique store, and eventually having this lovely little collection. There are two problems with this scenario.
- I do not visit antique stores frequently enough.
- When I do visit them, I inevitably convince myself that I don’t really need anything. Thus, I usually leave empty-handed. This does not bode well for someone wanting to start a collection.
Luckily for me, I do visit Marshalls and TJ Maxx frequently. Upon one of these recent visits to TJ Maxx, I just happened to come across a collection of single-wrapped teacups and saucers. They were pretty. They were girly. They were floral. They were cheap.
They were perfect.
I told myself that this was it. If I passed up this opportunity,
I was an idiot it was never going to happen. So I picked up all of those teacups and saucers, and put them in my cart, and proceeded to rattle around TJ Maxx while I finished my shopping.
Can I tell you how much I love the little details?
While we are discussing the wonderful things you can pick up at TJ Maxx, let me share with you that I also found these packages of “plastic” faux vintage china.
In pink, no less! My heart swoons.
I mean, seriously, if you are going to throw a brunch, isn’t it so much better if you do not have to do dishes afterwards!?
That was my thought.
Only my guests convinced me that they were too cute to get rid of.
So yes, the plastic plates ended up being washed. Peer pressure in our 40s.
As soon as I had made the official decision to use a variety of teacups and saucers, whimsy became a huge part of my decor. I started thinking about other ways I could incorporate mismatched-but-complimentary items to the table.
The idea to use a variety of Spring and Easter cloth napkins came to mind.
Except I didn’t really own any.
So the thought to make my own Easter napkins entered next.
Now, you should know, I treat the notion to take on any type of project involving fabric, thread, and a sewing machine with a certain wariness. This is probably one of my least favorite (or most dreaded, depending on the day or project I have taken on) mediums. This is most likely due to the fact that I lack patience. Which is sad to a certain extent, because sewing does produce some absolutely fantastic projects.
But I researched nonetheless to see if this was something I’d be willing to take on. I found two good articles on making your own cloth napkins: Homemade Cloth Napkins and DIY Fat Quarter Cloth Napkins. After I finished reading them, I thought…Okay. (This is me accepting the fact that I could easily do this project without wanting to murder anyone in the process, which is always a good thing.)
Of course, the decision really came down to this. Could I find some cute fabric?
Because here is something that I have not shared on the blog before. I am a complete fabric snob. I am not a snob about many things, but fabric is one of them. When I walk into fabric stores, mostly I cringe. Do you know why? I find the majority of fabrics readily available to the average human ugly as sin. See…snob.
This little rabbit pulling his wagon of carrots basically sealed the deal that I was making my own napkins for Easter. Because I simply just had to have him! How stinkin’ cute is he?
I found the above two fabrics on Etsy at AnnadaisysFabrics.
The chandelier was one of those projects where I simply sort of tried something…and it ended up working. This is to remind you that not all projects are steadfastly planned and executed. Sometimes, decor is just trial and error.
Actually, most of the time it is.
This is the process I used. I draped a boxwood garland purchased from Michaels around the arms of the chandelier and attached it using green floral wire. Then I hung Easter Eggs from World Market using Christmas tree hooks (I have found these hooks to be very useful throughout the year and have started to keep them on hand). After that, I simply tucked pink flowers here and there–I didn’t attach them or anything, just intertwined them with the garland.
I loved the way it turned out.
As I stated earlier, this was definitely a project I had wanted to try. Originally, I had the idea to use faux flowers. I knew my table decor would last a lot longer if I did, and of course, I could then reuse them again the following year.
However, every time I looked to buy fake flowers, I was disappointed in the selections available. So I decided to go for the real deal. I purchased a few small bunches of flowers from Costco and Publix. I really lucked out and found the exact colors I was looking for. I also clipped greenery from my front yard to use as filler.
Finally, I purchased floral foam. I have never used this before, but it’s pretty cool. It comes in the shape of a brick. I set it in a small casserole dish filled with water and let the brick soak until it was saturated. Then I used a knife and easily sliced the foam into 1 inch sections. Once I cut it, it was very easy to manipulate and mold–I sort of balled it up and pressed it into the tea cup. Then I cut my flower stems to size and pushed them into the foam.
When I first set the teacup bouquets on the table, I realized that the pale green carnations and the yellow rose buds were dominating the color scheme. It was not really the look I was going for. Not wanting to run back out and buy more flowers, but really wanting the bouquets to be more pink, I added a few faux flowers to each teacup. You could hardly tell once they were in the mix of everything else!
By the way, aren’t these salt and pepper shakers so sweet? My sister found those for me at the coolest vintage shop in Georgia. I love them!
Cupcake Toppers & Liners
Okay, here is one more little awesome find from TJ Maxx.
These precious Easter Cupcake Toppers and Liners! I freakin’ adore them (there’s no other way to describe my feeling).
I just loved this little guy in his green and white striped shirt.
Don’t think that I did not desperately try to find green and white striped fabric to have a matching Easter Napkin! (To no avail, unfortunately. Cannot believe something so “in” would be so difficult to find.)
Happy Easter, my friends!