Easter’s Coming in a Big Way to my House

If you’re like me, you want Easter to be a little extra special. From choosing the meal to serve, setting the table and choosing the dinning table center piece I want it special for the folks I love. I even go a few steps further when it comes to holidays! Door baskets to welcome guests filled with flora fitting the occasion; entry-way table decked out in holiday glee; special touches added around the house make me feel very celebratory.

The meal: This has always been an issue for me. Turkey. Ham. Chicken. Sides. Desserts. My mind whirls around like a whirligig. —- can you say: Order Out Please —– Not that I do not like to cook. I just see little advantage in wearing myself out preparing a huge meal that everyone eats in under thirty minutes, burps, pats their bellies, slides bums in chairs away from my lovely set table to set on the porch (or worse in front of the television) while I clean up the mess created. Think I’d like to pass on this scene. So, what I’ve come up with for most of my holiday meals is more simple than not, more like a barbeque/picnic meal that I can begin up to two days ahead. Good eating. Simple. Easy. And I’m joining the folks on the porch for more conversation. A-Win-Win.  (of course the trick is to gauge the amount of food so you do not have a lot of leftovers to store and little clean up after the meal is finished. Putting a few plates and glasses plus eating utensils in the dishwasher is a snap as opposed to hand washing pots and pans stacked to the roof — usually five to seven minutes and I’m out of the kitchen! I like that :))

Some pic’s of what I plan on making for the big day:

take two rounds of cake and make a bunny cake! Exactly! Good me, huh.

take two rounds of cake and make a bunny cake! Exactly! Good me, huh.

A second cake is a Rainbow Cake. Get out the flavored Jello and go for it! I need two cakes for Easter so....I'm going for this one and the bunny cake.

A second cake is a Rainbow Cake. Get out the flavored Jello and go for it! I need two cakes for Easter so….I’m going for this one and the bunny cake.

Just a suggestion but if you can find cupcakes at your local bakery --- I suggest you go for that as well. Make your life simple this Easter.

Just a suggestion but if you can find cupcakes at your local bakery — I suggest you go for that as well. Make your life simple this Easter.

As for the center pieces: Over the years, I’ve done elegant to simple center pieces for my table but the ones I have enjoyed doing the most are the whimsical ones, clearly whimsical spikes my whimsy-mode, so each year I look for something new to ignite my whimsy ways.  This is just the way I roll. I like the weird things in life. Always have.

This year I think I’ll keep the table setting on the simple side as it will be only the three of us, Royce, Mom and Me setting down to the table but it will be whimsical!  Still, I would love to do something unique as a centerpiece. I’m thinking ”green-grass-in-a-jar with jellybeans and some posies with a kaleidoscoop-eyed bunny grabbing onto the side” — if that doesn’t get Royce’s attention to my being a little weird at holidays I honestly don’t know what will. :)

[Note: According to celebrity cooking show host and author Sandra Lee, I should say: Tablescapes but she’s not Southern and I am! So, I’ll just call it what it is: a table setting and a centerpiece on the table]

Here are a few pictures of tablescapes — Ahem, table settings & centerpieces — I found on the good old Internet to share with you…..enjoy.

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I’d never do the dog out of ‘whatever that is’ but I like the colour orange so much (ask Jude) that I’d definitely do the rest of this scene.  Looks like a fun inside picnic to me.

For the crafty-challenged souls out there just tie some ribbon around dyed Easter eggs and your crafty-challenged self can do a victory dance around the table. And this one is rather cute.

 

easter table scape 2

This is the perfect table for the kids and it even comes with a coloured Easter egg on each place-mat. What could be more fun.

Something a little more upscale (and blue) is this one. Just make sure the kids eat the veggies first before emptying out the birds nests!

This one for the kids is a little more upscale (and blue). Just make sure the kids eat the veggies first before emptying out the birds nests!

Now we come to the adults. This is simply beautiful. Clean and festive.

Now we come to the adults. This is simply beautiful. Clean and festive. Each plate has placed in it a little gift box of sweets to enjoy with coffee or tea after the meal.

A small gathering?

A small gathering? Place a cherry table cloth on the kitchen table and decorate a nearby side table with the centerpiece!

This one is too adorable for words. It is for a very young child, as you can tell. So why not have a small table near where Mommy or Daddy sets at the big table for the tiny tot. Well. I'd do this in a heartbeat. Keeping Moms & Dads happy is always a great idea.

This one is too adorable for words. It is for a very young child, as you can tell. So why not have a small table near where Mommy or Daddy sets at the big table for the tiny tot. Well. I’d do this in a heartbeat. Keeping Moms & Dads happy is always a great idea.

take it outside to the patio! Enjoy the out of doors for your Easter meal. Why not is what I say!

take it outside to the patio! Enjoy the out of doors for your Easter meal. Why not is what I say!

Speaking of "tablescapes" and Sandra Lee .... yep! Over the top kind of thing to do and not my thing but the devil made me include it here for your gaze. Sorry Sandra, just not my thing but sure is festive.

Speaking of “tablescapes” and Sandra Lee …. yep! Over the top kind of thing to do and not my thing but the devil made me include it here for your gaze. Sorry Sandra, just not my thing but sure is festive.