Easter is almost here. For so many of you, Easter Sunday is only five days away. For Orthodox Christians like myself, it’s next weekend. And I can’t wait for it. Easter in Greece, is probably the biggest holiday (think bigger than Christmas). Nature looks its best, and lots of Greek people take advantage of that by celebrating outdoors with all the family – and I mean the whole family (including aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews that you might have seen only twice in your life)! Therefore, it kind of makes sense that most people I know, are not into decorating for Easter. Who can beat spring’s blossoms? However, everyone appreciates a beautiful dining setup, especially on a festive event. Therefore, Elisabeth and I, setup two different tablescapes in Elisabeth’s back garden, with nature in mind that can easily be done indoors or outdoors. So take a minute’s break and see the photos we took that will fire up your imagination. 😉
Elisabeth and I, wanted to keep things simple with just a few Easter decor staples, because after all spring nature has the lead role. The first tablescape includes wild flowers Elisabeth picked in a nearby field – yellow daisies, red poppies and lavender from her planter pots. I put the daisies together in a glass vase in a wabi-sabi style manner, which basically highlights the beauty of imperfection. Really convenient if you ask me! How do you go about that? Basically, I grouped those wild yellow daisies together, put them in the vase (without removing the leaves along the stems), and then added stashes of hay in a very loose and unplanned manner, to create a sense of flow. Since a tall centerpiece like this vase in the center of a dining table isn’t very convenient for it disrupts eye contact and messes with the communication lines, I placed it on purpose in the far corner of the table. We used sparingly some Easter decor, like bunnies and color dyed eggs, to set the mood without getting overwhelmed. Note that the square linen napkins are not neatly folded and styled in any particular way. I folded them in half, rolled them up (without alignment) and tacked a few poppies or lavender within the top crease. Simple as that! Again, styling had a wabi-sabi flair to it just like the centerpiece (that was off-centered)! 😉
We opted for colors inspired by nature herself. Thus, we matched off-white dinnerware with green colored glasses and red-dyed eggs (traditionally found in Greece during Easter celebrations). The linen tablecloth and napkins added an organic feel to the whole setup. Now, the second tablescape includes far less Easter decor. At first glance it may look more formal, however, it is just as “imperfect.” Muted pink and mauve hues act as accents. Again, the bouquet of flowers in a water jug act as a centerpiece with a wabi-sabi style to it.
What do you think of these setups? I think they turned out nicely, considering that the weather played funny tricks on us while taking these photos. (At times it was too sunny casting really hard shadows, while other times it was way too overcast). In any case, if you do buy Easter decor, then opt for pieces that you’ll be able to use year after year. There’s no real need to overload your dining table. I think using colors inspired by nature herself combined with simplicity and a mood for celebration are the key components to a great feast that everyone will remember for years to come.