Planning the Perfect Easter Get Together

Planning the Perfect Easter Get Together

easter decorWhen you think of the Easter holiday, you likely have this perfect vision of a family gathering, perhaps an Easter egg hunt with the kids, and everyone laughing and smiling. Reality can be almost the opposite at times. At least one thing gets burned, the siblings are in a fight because one got more eggs in the hunt than the other, and three family members came down with the spring flu.

The Food Matters, But…

Yes, everyone looks forward to a nice family meal. Whether you go with some traditional favorites like ham and mashed potatoes, or you decide to grill out, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the time spent with family and friends being thankful for the blessing of this holiday.

  • Choose a meal plan that is not going to stress you out.
  • Don’t overlook the value of a pitch-in. Everyone brings a dish and you provide the meat and drinks.
  • You can even dine out if you plan ahead. The goal is to bring everyone together over a meal. There’s no rule that you have to cook it.

Handling Squabbles

When it comes to kids, thinking ahead about things that trigger sibling feuds can go a long way toward avoiding them. If the kids fight every year over who grabbed the most eggs, then dye the eggs in several colors and each person can only pick up eggs of their own color.

Of course, kids will be kids and they might find something else to argue over. Try to let them settle it on their own but also be ready to step in with an activity to distract them from their squabble.

Debbie Downer

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Do you have a Debbie Downer in your family? You know this person. No matter how positive or happy the occasion, he or she finds something to bring everyone down. Perhaps you comment on how pretty the dyed eggs turned out this year, and Debbie has to point out that you didn’t buy cage free eggs and go into detail about the travesty of the poultry industry.

C’mon, admit it. You know someone like this. The best course of action is to not let Debbie bring everyone down. If necessary, just change the subject. Debbie must be pretty miserable with her life to try to make everyone else so miserable. Maybe some of your joy will rub off on her.

If all else fails, give Debbie a gift you bought just for her. Few people can stay negative when handed a gift for no reason at all. It just makes one happy.

Start Traditions

For a truly memorable gathering, start a few new traditions. Perhaps you could work as a group to help a charity. Everyone could bring items for the local food pantry, for example. Another idea would be to have everyone talk about what Easter means to them and why they are glad to be there. It doesn’t really matter what the tradition is, only that you have the tradition to remember for the rest of your life.

When I was a little girl, my grandmother always bought the kids chocolate bunnies for Easter. You know, the little hollow ones with the hard candy eyes? Only, I never liked chocolate as a kid and really don’t like it much as an adult. So, my grandma always got me a white chocolate one. Even though my grandmother has been gone for many years, when Easter comes around and I see those little chocolate bunnies, especially the white ones, I think of my grandma and the memory brings a smile to my face.

What memories will you build for future generations?

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Fun Decorating for Easter

Fun Decorating for Easter

Easter decorations are fun to make and can add so much to your home decor as well as an Easter table. Set a little holiday pop to a foyer, guest bath, den, dining room and kitchen just in time for Easter!

Trio Floral Centerpiece

Go informal with three miniature floral arrangements and add interest and height by using a pedestal cake plate for the middle arrangements.

Simple colored burlap can be wrapped around the vase or if you’re creative, use a square vase and add ribbon handles and decorated to resemble a small purse.

You can simply add a simple single-tied bow if you prefer. Make each arrangement different with a colored burlap. Go with complementary color schemes in pastels such as blue vase and orange flowers, green vase and pink flowers and purple vase with yellow flowers.

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Set an Easter Table!

This tablescape is easy to make and provide a lot of interest and color.

Step One

  • Start with a plain white tablecloth.
  • Add a runner, either purchased, made from linen fabric or you may have a special colorful patterned fabric you prefer.

Step Two

  • Add two yellow ribbons down the center leaving enough space between them to sprinkle colorful confetti.
  • Or, use a ribbon that is three or more inches wide and either use fabric glue or iron-on seam tape to secure in place.

Step Three

  • Repurpose an old refrigerator egg carton (typically used on the refrigerator door) or spray paint a plastic or cardboard egg carton.

Step Four

  • Use either plastic or ceramic eggs and decorate them to go with your table setting.
  • Use some whole eggs and only the half shell for others.
  • Fill half shells with potting soil and add a blooming daffodil or day lily.

The rest of your setting is easy, too. You can use your regular dinnerware or you can place a colorful charger underneath a white plate. Fold linen napkins and tie with a ribbon that matches the one you used for the table runner.  Set the glassware and silverware at each place setting and you’re ready for an Easter feast!

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Add Flowers to Celebrate

You can add pops of color throughout your home to celebrate the Easter magic. This is easy to do with a simple vase or decorative flower pot full of a few or a large bouquet of silk tulips.

Step One

  • Buy a variety of vases or containers or get crafty and make your own.
  • Purchase a few small vases and use flower decals to decorate them
  • You may prefer colorful tins to use as containers.

Step Two

  • Remove the lids and place your silk flowers where you want them.
  • You may wish to secure the flowers to the bottom of the container with a hot glue gun or florist clay.
  • Add some Spanish moss to cover up your work!

Placing Your Floral Creations

There are many places you can set a small floral arrangement like this to give it a festive touch. Try placing one or more in areas, such as:

  • Nightstand in your guest room.
  • Half bath sink countertop.
  • Grouping of three or five on a console table in the foyer or entryway.
  • End table or coffee table.
  • Make a grouping display of 3, 5 or 7 small arrangements and set on the mantel.

Extra Special Easter with Decorations

These are just a few ideas to get you started thinking about possible Easter decorations you can use about your home. Floral decorations can be used throughout a season or even year round, so your investment may start with Easter, but last beyond summer.

 

photo credits: ProFlowers via flickr cc

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