Last-minute Easter table

Easter is one of my favorite holidays, full of lots of family traditions. It’s a low-stress holiday for us (unlike Christmas!), plus the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming. We go to church in the morning and then come home for a leisurely, relaxed Sunday dinner.

We pop some champagne, sit outside, and enjoy deviled eggs, pimento cheese, and cornichon pickles. I usually put out sandwich fixings, John makes gin and tonics, and we always have some kind of silly dessert.

A few years ago I tried my hand at this famous Betty Crocker cake, and before dinner one of the kids grabbed a bunch of frosting off the side and took a bite out of a Peep. Geez.

Easter cake post-vandalism

This year I’m going old school and making a coconut cake shaped like a bunny head!

My parents are planning to join us this year, COVID-permitting, so I want to make our table extra special. To make everyone feel included and welcome (and to encourage the kids to sit down and eat), I made fun namecards.

I used these plaster eggs from Michaels that are 6 for $5. After painting them with acrylic paint, I wrote names with a Sharpie and nestled them in faux Spanish moss inside a 2″ clay pot. The project cost a total of $18 (excluding the paint, which I already had), and I had enough materials to make 6 namecards.

I also bought three packs of decorative eggs from Michaels for $7.50 total and put them in an antique wire basket from a thrift store. They add a nice pop of color to the table.

Our table is always a mishmash of things, but I think that makes it more interesting! The water glasses and champagne glasses don’t match (most are thrifted). I scored the napkins at an estate sale. The white plates were extremely cheap — I bought about a hundred of them at a store that was going out of business, and we use them for parties.

We usually sit outside, on the picnic table John made and under the pergola my dad made. It’s one of my favorite places in the world, especially when the sun goes down and we turn on the string lights.

And I leave you with this awesome video from last year. It cracks me up every time!

Have a wonderful weekend, however you celebrate!

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