Time to plan our Easter table settings.
The smell of roasting turkey and baking gingerbread houses has come and gone and all the red, green and gold Christmas decorations have been safely packed away until next year.
But Easter is on the horizon, and it is time to search for all our brighter coloured table linen and crockery and to plan a family lunch to celebrate this special holiday.
Easter is the one occasion where your colour scheme can alter with the trends of that season or year, and with summer ending and winter beginning, I started searching for what the latest colour is this year as I thought it would be cool to use one of these colours as the base for my Easter table setting.
Grey was voted as the new back this year, and being such a versatile neutral, it is possible to give your scheme an earthy traditional feel by adding taupe’s, browns and creams to the grey base or to urbanize it by adding fresh whites and lighter greys. This makes for a wonderful base colour for Easter as grey and the soft pastels are a match made in heaven.
Dulux have made this soothing Citrus Yellow their color of the year and I think it would make a great scheme using this gentle yellow with the soft pastels that have made Martha Stewart so famous in her incredible styling of tables and gift ideas. Take a look at these stunning table settings, as well as gift and centre piece suggestions from the Martha Stewart Living Magazine.( Martha Stewart )
I need to get my act together and get some chocolate bunny buying underway as a package of home treats needs to be packed and posted to Stellies for my daughter who won’t be with us for Easter this year.
Every mum would love the violet basket above, and look at these lovely gift ideas from Lindt Chocolate below.
I love pastels at Easter but for those of you who like to go bold, Easter is the one time of the year you can bring out the sunshine yellows, sunset oranges and bring the outside in with every shade of green imaginable. Buy a packet of real moss and use it in your centrepiece. Afterwards you can use it in the base of an orchid or pot plant. It lasts for ages.
F.Y.I the hero colour of 2011 as voted by Pantone is the warm colour called honeysuckle and if you are brave enough to use it in large bold patterns, do so, or merely add it as an accent to those mid grey and white storyboards.
I have been intrigued by this honeysuckle colour, as I haven’t noticed much of it around? It is warming yet vibrant and if it can attract the birds, the bee’s and the butterflies, I am sure I will be more than happy with the crowd it will attract for Easter. And so I am on the hunt for a tablecloth fabric….
Kirsten Chursinoff is the most incredible fabric designer and has captured the essence of this season’s hottest colour. Look at her choice in threads selected to achieve this amazing design which is woven in shades of melon, pink, orange, yellow and plum.
Here are a few inspirational table and place setting ideas using honeysuckle as the highlight colour from Veranda Magazine.
And so bag in the car, ideas scribbled in my diary…off I go in search of my Easter table…
(Images below from Country Living.)