Miniature nests. For Easter dinner last year, I set each place with a miniature nest, filled with Cadbury eggs. I found the nests on Amazon (two-day shipping, baby!).
Egg Cups. My mother has a collection of egg cups (such a fun thing to look for as a gift!) and has passed some on to me. I grouped a variety of egg cups, filled with small wildflowers from our yard, in the middle of the table. I didn’t take a picture, so you’ll just have to imagine what a sweet centerpiece they made.
Bunny garland. A few years ago, I made bunny garlands for our mantle and doorways using pastel paper, this bunny template from Martha Stewart, yarn and a craft knife. I reuse them every year.
More nests! I turned a bowl into a nest by wrapping it with blue yarn, then filling it with blue-foil chocolate eggs. Once again, Martha Stewart provided the inspiration. It was ridiculously hard to wrap the bowl with the yarn. I ended up covering the bowl in double-sided tape, which was a pain in the badoonky to get off. I’m sure you can figure out a better way! Glue dots? Sacrifice the bowl and hot glue it?
Surprise eggs. Every year, our kids get an extra basket of surprise eggs at the end of the day. (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love any reason to give a gift!) To make the eggs, wrap a small toy or trinket in pastel colored streamers. Keep wrapping (and wrapping and wrapping), turning it into the shape of an egg as you go (balls work, too – the kids aren’t picky about the shape). Secure the end with a glue dot or a sticker. I think this is my kids’ favorite part of Easter!
Natural egg dyes. I’ve really been trying to be as natural and toxin-free as possible, so last year we made our own natural egg dyes. The colors are lovely, and the kids had a blast making the dyes out of onion skins, turmeric, beets and cabbage. And I felt much better about the kids eating the eggs. It’s easy to find recipes online.
Edible grass is a great addition to your Easter dessert (although definitely not in line with the natural diet mentioned above). Sprinkle with jellybeans for a nest look. (This dessert was lemon mousse.)
What are some of your ideas for Easter decorating?