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Easter is one of our family’s favorite holidays. I have so many happy memories of celebrating with my family when I was a kid, so it makes it that much more special creating new memories (and sharing some of the old ones from my childhood) with my kids now.
When it comes to hosting parties, I am a firm believer in playing to your strengths and keeping things “simple but significant.” I skip the stuff I’m not very good at (i.e. cooking/baking) and focus on things that will play to my strengths (i.e. decor). My DIY mantra is minimal input, maximum impact — and Easter is no different. While the elaborate DIY offerings on Pinterest are lovely, I tend to get stressed out when I try to get too fancy with it, so I cut corners whenever possible.
My most favorite hosting tricks are 1) use what you’ve got, and 2) whenever possible, skip the elaborate DIY projects in favor of finding creative ways to personalize decorations you can buy at your local party store. This made Party City the perfect place to find everything I needed, and at a great value, too. You really don’t have to spend a ton of money to make your get-together feel special. Plus, many of the things I purchased were things that can be stored and reused for years to come!
When deciding on the decor for this party, I was inspired by spring colors (robin’s egg blue primarily, which you’ll see used frequently), pretty florals, sweet baby animals (cute, little chicks and, of course, bunnies) and ALL the Easter candy (I’m looking at you, chocolate mini eggs). Keep reading below to see how it all came together.
Pastels are an obvious choice when it comes to Easter, but I wanted to punch them up a bit, so I incorporated them alongside a more vibrant robin’s egg blue and gold accents. I was particularly inspired by these dinner plates with the prettiest robin’s egg blue and gold trim. I couldn’t believe they were disposable plates, they were so pretty! Polka dot napkins in the same color add a bit of whimsy and are anchored by the classiest plastic gold cutlery I’d ever seen. The whole look feels elevated, but is simple and will save you from spending an hour doing dishes later, which is a definite bonus! I was also able to tie in the gold through a cupcake stand that I purposed as a centerpiece.
Candy as Decor
In my humble opinion, Easter candy is the best kind of candy. I wait all year for those delicious little pastel chocolate mini eggs, so I figured, why not incorporate them into the decor?
With a boundless supply of mason jars in my possession, I was able to turn all that Easter candy into an unexpected array of festive charm. I filled my vessels with the quintessential Easter sweets: marshmallow Peep bunnies and chicks and Cadbury Milk Chocolate Mini Eggs. When layered with fun-colored Easter grass and placed in groupings, these made for perfectly simple decor that was fun for kids, but still classy enough for an adult party. In fact, the candy element was a fun way to inject a bit of nostalgia, since many adults have fond memories of Easter baskets filled with these same treats. The lace tablecloth that is the backdrop for my candy display is a vintage runner, a family piece with sentimental value, that adds a personal touch and a bit of elegance to the set-up.
I also created a fun Easter-inspired terrarium by filling a large glass apothecary jar I already had with a bunch of Easter grass, chocolate mini eggs, a big chocolate bunny, and an oversized gold egg. Beyond easy!
In addition, I added an extra bit of candy at each place setting. Every Easter my mother-in-law brings out the most adorable, tiny Easter baskets that she has had for ages and fills them with a bit of Easter grass and chocolate mini eggs. Everyone gets one of these little baskets at their place setting, so I had to pull them out. It just doesn’t quite feel like Easter without those tiny Easter baskets at the table, and luckily it went along perfectly with my theme!
Unexpected Pops of Color
Any hosted event (especially one hosted in the spring!) needs a healthy dose of color to bring out the feeling of celebration. In addition to having a color palette (robin’s egg blue, gold and a few pastels), I love adding color in unexpected ways. For this occasion, I did this through flowers — a few bouquets purchased at a local grocery store. Sometimes grocery store bouquets aren’t the prettiest, so one of my favorite party tricks is to deconstruct and reassemble the pre-arranged bouquets to fit in better with the look I’m aiming for. I also added a couple of little egg topiaries that fit right in among all the pretty blooms.
Another wonderful option is sprinkling in extra pops of color through balloons. Grouping balloons in the color scheme of your fete is an easy and inexpensive way to elevate the entire feel of your gathering.
Plastic Eggs as Decor
I never would’ve expected it, but plastic fillable Easter eggs turned out to be a surprisingly versatile decor item! I added them to jars and displayed them on the tiers of my cupcake stand, but my favorite use was the little Easter egg garland I whipped up. I planned this DIY out in my head before actually purchasing the plastic eggs and made it far more complicated than it needed to be figuring out how to get holes in them to string. Apparently, they already come with holes in both the top and bottom of each egg, so all I had to do was string them on some gold string (anything would work) and hang it up. Easiest — and most cost-effective — DIY ever. It looked extra festive when flanked by an adorable twig bunny wreath!
One of my favorite things about Easter are the special traditions we have surrounding it. One of my most favorites is that each child gets a new Easter outfit to wear to church. This was something my parents did for me growing up that I loved, and it’s fun to see my kids enjoying it, too. It feels extra special and celebratory to dress a bit fancier on Easter Sunday, since our church is fairly casual for the most part.
Another favorite tradition we have is something called Resurrection Eggs. It’s a fun way to teach our kids about The Resurrection story. There are special symbols (things like a donkey, a cross, a crown of thorns, etc.) that fit inside 12 plastic Easter eggs, and they help to tell the story of Jesus and Easter. In the 12 days leading up to Easter, we open an egg each day and talk about the symbolism. It’s a great way to share traditions of our faith in a way that makes more sense to our kids.
We also enjoy doing an egg hunt and Easter baskets, and the kids always have so much fun showing each other all their little treasures.
I am learning that celebrating doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. Simple things can become really special when you give them your own personal touch. From traditions to food to decor, make them your own this Easter.
Party City makes it easy to celebrate Easter, and at a great value, too. Head to their Easter page for more products and inspiration!