Spring and all things Chocolate!
Posted on June 07 2018
By Claire Amos
Finally it seems we are starting to see daylight at the end of the long winter tunnel and little by little there is some extra moments of light at the end of the day as we all finish work and complete the school run. This can also only mean one thing, Easter is just around the corner. Easter for me is the perfect opportunity to create Easter baskets and bags for the children (and the odd adult for that matter) and put together a beautiful spring table scape complete with homemade treats and chocolate goodies for friends and family to enjoy over the long bank holiday weekend.
We all know that the trend for dessert tables and the DIY party host has exploded over the past few years and this means more than ever that we have a whole array of products and props to helps us create the themes and styles that previously we might just have lusted over. Below are some ideas for decorations, table settings and homemade treats for us hostesses at home to use during Easter and Spring and many would even lend themselves to a Spring birthday party or celebration.
Children often associated Easter with chocolate eggs and they don’t tend to have a preference over the brand or the cardboard box that they arrive in but have you considered putting together an Easter gift bag. These can be tailored to the age of the child and contain a couple of small gifts and chocolate so you can avoid the early morning 9.00am sugar rush and keep the children distracted whilst you put your feet up with a cup of tea and your own Malteaser bunny. You can use any basket or gift bag and fill them with stickers, a bunny ears headband, a small soft bunny rabbit for a small child or a beautiful egg cup and an Easter related craft activity that can be picked up in many supermarkets. These can then have some chocolate added whether this be some miniature chocolate eggs or given alongside something like choconchoc’s lovely Easter Bunny and Carrots. They would also lend themselves to party bags for a birthday party.
Sequin rabbit bags & rabbit sweet bags– The Sweet Hostess, Easter stickers – Hobbycraft, Wooden bunny egg cup – Not on the High Street, Bunny egg cup – Buddy and Bear, Chocolate rabbit and carrots – choconchoc
It’s always nice to decorate a room or table for any kind of get together and Spring and Easter can be the perfect opportunity to use a pastel colour palette featuring lemons, greens, whites and soft pinks. Not only are they fresh but are they can also be gender neutral meaning they can be very versatile. One of the best sources for table scape inspiration has to be Martha Stewart and you can find so many ideas from her website. Her table centres are beautiful with a particular favourite being the Easter candy parade which is completely DIY friendly. Any table can be lifted with some simply options should you not want to get out the glue gun and spray paint, you could look to create a paper fan back drop to showcase your treats or you could use simple touches such as paper straws in miniature milk bottles and wooden utensils to complete your Easter table scape. Another option would be to add a table runner this could be sequins, linen or if the Spring bug has really got you then why not look to make it a grass table runner (artificial of course!)
A dessert table can be perfect for a get together with friends and family. We all have a long four day weekend to get through so everyone will need plenty of supplies and what better way to display them than on a dessert table. Some people are put off dessert tables as they don’t feel that there baking skills are good enough but you can do a dessert table using bough cakes, treats and biscuits and by using stylish displays can make them look like you spent hours in the kitchen. I think biscuits are the perfect addition to any dessert table, a simply shaped shortbread or an more detailed iced biscuit which could be personalised for each of your guests or even an Easter bunny for your younger guests. Whichever biscuit you choose they can all be displayed on a simply cake stand complete with a paper doilies in the colour of your choice.
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