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Here Comes Peter Cottontail…Let’s Decorate for Easter!

Normally when you think of Easter decor you DON’T think of Autumn!  You think of spring,  renewal of life (after all isn’t that the very essence of Easter?) and all things pastel.  But when you live in the southern hemisphere the two collide.  Some years I wait until after Easter do put out my fall decor, but since it’s so late this year the two will have to coincide!  So for the next few weeks I’ll be sharing both my Easter and fall decor with you.

 

Growing up Easter was always such a fun holiday. My brother, sister and I couldn’t wait to get up and see what that big ole Easter Bunny had brought.   Fast forward several years and along came my children and I was able to experience the fun of Easter through their eyes.  Decorating Easter eggs, seeing what the Easter Bunny left, and the finale…the big Easter egg hunt!  As a child I couldn’t wait to see how much chocolate I could stuff into my mouth.  But as a parent I had to prevent my kiddos from devouring the entire basket in one fell swoop!  To prevent sugar overload, yet still make Easter fun for the kids, I began adding items such as coloring books and crayons, small games, hair ribbons for my daughter, etc.  My friends at gifts.com have come up with some great Easter coupons.  They are wonderful for kids, big and small!  To check them out for yourself, click Here

 

As you’ve no doubt figured out by now, I love decorating for all holidays and seasons, and Easter is no exception.  There are so many fun ways to decorate…styling flat trays and  tiered trays, setting up tablescapes (see last week’s post Here ), styling coffee tables, the possibilities are endless.  All you need is a little imagination.  I have a few areas that are my favorites to decorate with Easter goodies that I would love to share with you.  I think my favorite spot to spruce up with Easter pastels is my tiered tray.  I love to use the traditional Easter basket “grass” along with colorful eggs and as many bunnies as I can get my hands on!

 

Our sideboard is also a fun spot to decorate.  I have the most beautiful collection of Easter eggs that were made for me when I was a little girl by my Dad’s secretary, Miss Joyce.  Every year she would give my siblings and I our own little egg and they have become treasures to me.

 

I’m almost as bad about collecting Easter bunnies as I am about collecting Santas.  I just can’t resist those cuties and have to have them.  I like to display them throughout the house with my most delicate ones having pride of place on our sideboard.

 

As I mentioned earlier, a flat tray is great item to decorate with Easter tidbits.  I have found so many cute, inexpensive bits and pieces at the discount stores in town that it hardly cost me a thing to style the tray on our coffee table.  It involved a little paint and that’s it.  Everything else, I already had.

 

We have a great shelf in our kitchen that my sweet mother-in-law gave me years ago.  It is one of my favorite spots to decorate for any season.  It’s the perfect size to hold just a few Easter pieces and makes the kitchen extra cheerful as well.  I have to tell you that a couple of years ago I decided I wanted to start making wooden decorations.  The Easter egg below is my first attempt (please be kind!).  I wish I knew back then how to do lettering because I sure would have done it differently!  Oh well…live and learn.

 

I love to make clay ornaments and have used them to decorate “trees” for other holidays as well.  Last year I made some Easter eggs and had the best time painting them!  Unfortunately I haven’t yet found just the right branch to use as my Easter tree so I’ll have to share last year’s with you (you’d think living on 9,500 acres it wouldn’t be so difficult to find the right one!)

 

While Easter is such an enjoyable holiday with so many fun traditions, let’s not forget the real reason we celebrate it.  It is the celebration of Christ’s great sacrifice for us.  He gave His life so that we could have eternal life and that is the greatest gift of all.

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