March 28, 2015
Easter Party Preparations
Many of you often ask how I decorate my home for special occasions. I’ve always enjoyed holidays, but they’re even more fun now with my grandchildren, Jude and Truman. Easter is a specially good time, and it’s fast approaching. This year, I’m hosting a gathering of 30-adults and 15-children. And, Chef Pierre of PS Tailored Events will prepare another wonderful meal with me in the kitchen.
Meanwhile, I’ve been very busy pulling out all my decorations, and finding new ways to use them. One tip is to start early, and make a list, so everything can be done timely and efficiently. As you will see in these photos, I’ve already decorated most of the rooms in my home - they're filled with bunnies, chicks, and eggs in all different sizes and colors. I hope my ideas inspire you. Decorating is fun, and sharing what you've done with family and friends makes it all worthwhile.
Enjoy preparing your spring celebration, and if you haven’t yet started… this weekend may be a good time to “hop to it.”
1 Lots of blown out colored eggs. We made these several years ago and kept them in our archives.
2 This is a real rabbit taxidermy, which Kevin gave me in one of my annual Easter baskets. He is very happy displayed in this Japanese basket.
3 Bobblehead bunnies and chicks and other small figures looking up at the taxidermy rabbit.
4 An ostrich egg with a bunny sticker placed gently in a gilded vase.
5 Here is the table centerpiece - a fanciful mixture of antique and modern glass, charming Easter figures and lots of eggs. It's already looking so beautiful.
6 These German blown glass eggs in an opaline finish are so beautiful on an Irish cut glass plate.
7 I put more of the antique German glass eggs in these vases.
8 These cute, colorful baskets and nests add a nice touch of whimsy to the table setting. The porcelain bunny was from a Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's.
9 Vintage Wedgwood embossed dinner plates. Before the party, we look at different combinations of plates and glassware to determine which we will use. This year, we will be about 30 adults and 15 children, so many plates are needed.
10 Here are more deeply embossed antique Wedgwood and pierced edge embossed dessert or salad plates.
12 The biggest of the sugar eggs looks spectacular in the top of this antique epergne.
13 Hansa rabbits from our Macy's display will be given as prizes at my Easter Egg Hunt.
14 Charming vintage porcelain egg cups.
15 Barley sugar rabbits from Shane Confectionery have lasted now for three years! I have not let anyone eat these beautiful creations. http://shanecandies.com
16 On my front hall table, we arranged all sorts of white eggs- ostrich, goose and chicken, with pottery rabbits and rabbit covered dishes. The small green and yellow clusters are antique glass flowers.
17 This is a painted rabbit from an Easter set, long ago. The eggs are blown out from last year- if well-washed and cleaned, blown eggs can last for many years.
18 More Hansa rabbits, baby chicks and a finely crafted felted nest full of handmade birds and eggs.
19 Another cuddly rabbit adorns this tabletop- the drabware dish was made by me a few years ago when Jeff Bridges, the actor, showed me how to make slab pottery.
20 These rabbits look like milk chocolate but are actually plastic molds- so cute and much longer lived than the real thing!!
21 I found these cast iron rabbit doorstops years ago in East Hampton at an antiques show- there are five of them.
22 Here are two more antique doorstops and some new iron rabbits I found at Terrain in Westport. The big rabbit is the same one I made for this April 2015 issue of MSLiving- get your issue at newsstands now and look for the easy directions. Plus other great craft projects at http://www.marthastewart.com.
23 The fifth doorstop with some newer friends
24 Here are more of the newer small cast iron bunny figures.
25 The famous Martha by Mail rabbit, which was reproduced by the hundreds years ago- I love this velveteen rabbit.