Gingham on Gingham, Paper Carrot Place Settings, and More Fun Ways to Set Your Easter Table
Seven moms on their breezy holiday traditions.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 6:15 AM
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Easter is one the first times of the year we get to celebrate spring, and this year especially, it’s a chance to look forward to brighter new beginnings. So we can’t think of a better way to show off your seasonal spirit than with an Easter table display that’s impressive-looking but—because we’re still in a pandemic—charmingly easy.
We tapped some of our favorite moms to share how they’re getting into the warm-weather mood, and how they get their family in on the act, too. (Spoiler alert: There are lots of flowers involved.) Here’s how each one is setting her Easter table this year.
I’ve been hosting Easter brunch every year since my 6-year-old daughter, Scarlett, was born, and it’s always one of my favorite tables to set. I tend to avoid traditional Easter decor and instead lean on our classic ginghams in sweet pastels. This year I’ll be looking toward our new spring color, honeydew. Layering different scales of gingham is one of my favorite ways to make a table feel fresh and inviting. —Heather Taylor, designer
I love to get my kids [7-year-old Noomi and 4-year-old Baz] involved in helping decorate and set the table. I usually try to set it the night before or early in the morning so we can enjoy our day without too much chaos. I let the kids pick flowers from the florist, and then we take lots of little antique apothecary jars and fill them with water and little spring bouquets or even single stems. Then they help me tie jute strings around napkins in spring colors like pink, lavender, and citron. We mix the colors up. The kids draw all the name cards for everyone—et voilà! —Ajiri Aki, Madame de la Maison
Araucana eggs, which come in blue, green, pink, brown, and cream shades, don’t even need to be dyed because they’re so naturally beautiful on their own. I just place them in a pretty bowl as a centerpiece. They used to be hard to find, but now they’re available at Whole Foods and specialty stores like Eataly and the farmers’ market. I like to mix them in with quail eggs, which you can find at Asian markets, and duck eggs, so I have a mix of varieties and sizes. To me, it’s the easiest on-theme way to set a pretty table at Easter. —Kate Berry, Domino executive creative director
Now that I have kids, I love the idea of getting them involved in the decor process. Before Easter I’m planning on getting some orange and green paper and teaching my eldest son, Jasper, shapes by cutting a triangle for a carrot and then straight lines for the green topper. It’s both educational and creative. Simply tape the greenery to the back and finish off with a kid-written name for a place tag. —Brittany Jepsen, The House That Lars Built
Last year I used premade cinnamon roll dough to spell out Easter as a special (but easy) breakfast surprise for my boys. I just unroll the can of dough, connect the strips, then shape it into cursive. It can look pretty messy at first when you form the letters, but it puffs up in the oven, and the icing covers up any errors or broken parts. It makes for a surprising edible centerpiece. —Erin Jang, The Indigo Bunting
For Easter I think it’s important that the table be really cheerful, so I usually scatter candy on top of it—jelly beans, hard candies, and colorfully wrapped chocolate eggs. I love daffodils as a sign of spring and rebirth and as a bright pop of yellow. I also like to put a few sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary in a little vase or on the place settings to have that fresh smell set the scene for the meal, which is usually lamb chops and baby potatoes. I’ve recently fallen in love with Isabelle Halley ceramics for the unique, delicate glassware with bold stripes—perfect against a candy backdrop. —Melia Marden, chef at The Smile
It’s a Wrap
Wrapping Easter sweets in Liberty London fabric remnants is the easiest way to make inexpensive treats feel dressed up and cohesive. It doesn’t matter what you wrap in these pretty bundles—just tie the fabric with a colorful ribbon (this year I’m feeling buttery yellow and a deeper dusty pink) for a festive and spring-forward effect. Bonus: Line the baskets with a pastel table linen, and reuse any small baskets you have at home. —Jessica Romm Perez, Domino editor-in-chief
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