In between planning out an Easter menu and where to hide the chocolate eggs, I don’t usually have time to fuss over decorating the holiday table. So I often turn to nature for inspiration. Bringing the outdoors in adds something special, but also helps keeps costs down.
This year, I decided to simply use the color color green as a starting point. This universal symbol of the natural world feels fresh and represents renewal, harmony, and fertility – all things we celebrate in springtime. Fresh herbs like dill, chives, mint, and leeks are abundant at this time of year and frequently show up in dishes served at Easter. So I’ve decided to make them the star of my centerpiece, too.
Bundled together, these diverse leaf shapes and textures and varying shades of green, make for a naturally bright and interesting table. Plus, the mild scent of the herbs compliments the food rather than overpowering dinner dishes (like Easter lilies might). Better yet, this a centerpiece I can reuse in my kitchen for days.
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To weave in some more traditional Easter symbols, I used fresh eggs and egg-shaped beach stones placed on micro-greens to make simple but sweet place card holders. I simply shaped the micro-greens into a “nest” in a small serving bowl then placed two or three egg-shaped stones in it. I wrote out guests’ names out on a tiny paper scroll and centered the finished nest on each plate. I also created a larger nest using dill and fennel fronds to add to the buffet and table. (I used a small trifle bowl I bought at The Christmas Tree Shop for $5).
Keeping the color scheme monochromatic and the decorations simple creates a tablescape that’s naturally clean and bright, and this is a look that’s easy to recreate. Also, the herbs and greens can be purchased when you do your grocery shopping – no special trip needed. Just wrap the fresh herbs in a damp paper towel and store them in a ziplock bag; they’ll last for up to a week in the refrigerator.
Keep in mind that part of the rustic simplicity is using (or repurposing) things that you already have on hand. While I did buy a few new inexpensive bowls, I try primarily to use table wares I already own, like the vintage wooden candlestick molds I used as vases for my centerpiece here. An alternative would be to bundle herbs into small bouquets and place in vases or glass jars of varying heights down the center of the table. Or just make one large bouquet in a vase or bowl. (Tip: Be sure to add enough water to the vases so herbs don’t wilt.) Another idea is to wrap a few sprigs of thyme or rosemary around candlesticks. Finally, place an herb bouquet at the bar to tie the theme together. And don’t forget to add some fresh mint to the water pitcher!
Photos by Maaike Bernstrom.