Anyone for eggs? Bring your table alive with festive Easter décor
Use Easter as the excuse to bring a little spring to the table
Whether you're having casual brunch or formal dinner next Sunday, the dining table is the simplest place to start with a little festive décor. Easter doesn't boast quite as much holiday tat as Christmas and Halloween, but perhaps that's a good thing. Instead of filling your house with dyed eggs and plastic bunnies, introduce a few Easter colours and textures that are easier on the eye and will usher in a touch of spring to your home.
The easiest, and cheapest, way to introduce Easter's soft pastel colours is with a few candles and some blooms picked from the garden. Punchy yellow chairs and fancy dishes can be brought out right throughout the summer. As for the chocolate… Well, that's down to personal preference!
If spring is really your thing, consider taking a more permanent interior decorating step with a set of these ultra-cheery yellow chairs. They'll pop against a white, tulip-style table and for Easter dinner, a forsythia branch centrepiece complete the look.
Buy it: Daisy yellow chair, €55, Littlewoods Ireland
If there's ever a time to add in pastels, Easter is certainly it. These pretty hand-decorated tumblers have great texture and will fit right in with your summer table settings once spring has sprung. Pale purples and greens will have longer staying power than light pink or yellow. If those colours are still your preference, opt for brighter yellow or pink instead to keep the colour palette modern.
Buy it: Hand decorated pastel tumblers, set of four for €12, Next
If you don't yet have a fancy fleet of dishes, now's the time to invest in a set that's fit for a holiday. Choose a pattern you can mix and match with different holiday colours.
Buy it: Gold rim dinner set, €37, Argos
The nights are still long, so candles are still essential for adding a little festive vibe to the dinner. Opt for light-coloured candlesticks like this gorgeous marble and metal set that ticks the marble trend box as well.
Buy it: Marble candle holders, from €24, House of Fraser
The daffodils are starting to pop and tulips will be close behind, but for an Easter dinner centrepiece that packs a lot more punch, consider lopping a branch off a cherry, magnolia, forsythia or quince bush and giving it a head start. Forcing branches to flower is simple and will give you a gorgeous, organic and extremely inexpensive arrangement for your Easter table. The best time to force branches is when they start to bud, and you'll want to choose a branch with a good number of buds. Earlier in the winter, it could take up to six weeks to see blooms, but this close to spring you'll likely only have to wait a week. Once cut, bring the branches indoors and place in a warm and dim spot covered loosely in plastic for 24 hours. Then, trim the branches at an angle, give them fresh water and watch them bloom!