Easter’s less than two weeks away and now’s the time to start planning. If you’re staying put at home and maybe having a few friends and family round, think about decorating the house to make it that little bit more Easter-y. Stuck for ideas? We’ve got some lined up for you.
Remember, people: a garland is not just for Christmas! Easter garlands can be just as pretty as yuletide ones. Instead of using foliage, paint an assortment of egg shells (pastel shades of yellow, blue and pink work well) before gluing them to a twig wreath template (you should be able to get this from the garden centre). If you like, you can embellish the wreath with seasonal flowers such as daffodils and crocuses.You can also carefully thread string through painted of dyed eggs to make them into a wonderful Easter bunting to drape from the ceiling.
Cooking up a big Easter feast? It’s important your dining table looks the part. It’s not about going overboard, but simply giving everything that little touch of Easter fun. You could, for example give each guest a different seasonal flower in a miniature jar, with their name written on the front. Another nice touch is to fold napkins into the shape of bunny ears. You can find out how to do that here. For your centrepiece, create a verdant Easter scene: use pots of cress for grass, and on top of these position a few fluffy chicks (not real ones, obviously), and scatter with a few Mini Eggs (these’ll keep guests entertained while waiting for dessert).
After Christmas, Easter is probably the biggest eating holiday of the year. And it’s no surprise that the most-gobbled commodity is chocolate. Instead of buying your choccy eggs this year, make them. Moulds are cheap and easy to find in stores and online. Making your eggs is a cinch (and even more fun if you’ve got kids), plus you can choose the kind of chocolate that goes into them. Making eggs also allows you to experiment with flavours (how about dark chocolate and peppermint or white chocolate mixed with fresh raspberries)? If you’re making an Easter cake, edible flowers make a novel topping.
If there are children about, the Easter egg hunt will undoubtedly be the highlight of the day. But you can also keep them entertained in other ways. Make daffodil cupcakes by icing sponge cakes orange and cutting out yellow paper petals to stick on the bottom. You can get kids to help decorate an Easter tree too (long twigs from the garden festooned with eggs, flowers and fairy lights). If their fingers are nimble enough, make origami rabbits and chicks with them, then get the kids to hide these around the house for YOU to find!