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We are smack in the middle of Easter weekend and if you still are looking for some table decor inspiration, you've come to the right place! We decorated our table by incorporating lots of layers and textures which adds a lot of visual interest. All you need are some napkins (cloth or fabric), plates, bowls, chargers (if you have them), easter decor like bunnies & faux florals, cutlery, and of course, chocolate Easter eggs!
I know, my napkins are wrinkly. I did that on purpose... because real life! I truly did not have time to iron out every single napkin, or the table cloth. I just pulled them out of the drawer where they were stored and used them. Feel free to iron yours if you want, but as a busy mom, just getting the table together was my goal, not perfection :)
Most of the cloth napkins you see here are from Homesense Canada (the white napkins with the pretty edging, as well as a the green cloth napkins); the other napkins underneath the bowls were from a store in Holland called Riviera Maison that we got a long long time ago when we lived there.
I decided to use a white tablecloth as my base, and decided I wanted to add layers and textures. I had these great seagrass place mats from IKEA, and topped them with cute scalloped chargers I found at Michaels. Then, I added our daily dining plates (which, big surprise! are also from Homesense!). Next, I laid the white napkins on top of the plate length-wise, and added the napkins from Riviera Maison on top of that! Finally... it was time to bring out the bowls!
I found these super cute tiny bowls at the Loblaws years ago in their houseware department. I loved the little floral details and thought they would be great for prepping dinners. Now I use them for pretty much everything and they were perfect for housing the bunny napkins we made. I placed them into a large cereal bowl we had and it was meant to be. The edges of the tiny bowls contrasted so nicely with the dotted edge on the bowls and plate, too.
Making the bunny napkins was so much fun and did not take much time at all. I recommend using thin napkins that are starched - we did not have either so we had a bit of difficulty tucking the cloth together at the end, but it wasn't anything a few pins couldn't handle :)
1. Take your square napkin and fold it over to make a rectangle. Fold it over once more to create another rectangle.
2. Fold one side of the napkin over to the centre of the rectangle.
3. Repeat on the other side so they meet.
4. Fold the bottom corners of each edge halfway to the centre.
5. Repeat with the other bottom corner - it should now resemble a diamond shape.
6. Take the right corner of the diamond and fold it over to the centre.
7. Repeat with the left side. The bottom of your diamond shape will eventually become your bunny ears!
8. Turn/flip the napkin over carefully so as not to unravel your lovely folding!
9. Your napkin will now have a top (bum) and bottom part (the ears).
10. Fold the top (bum) over to the centre of the napkin.
11. Carefully turn/flip the napkin over again.
12. Now the tricky part - hold the napkin so as to turn both outer edges to the centre, focusing on the bum(bottom) of the napkin.
13. You will want to tuck one edge into the other. If this sounds weird, it is but if your napkin is thin and starched enough, this will work like a charm. If not, get your sewing pins ready!
14. And voila! You have now made a bunny napkin! (many thanks to Norah for modelling this tutorial and doing a great job at it, may I add!)
Now place your bunnies into your bowls. Alternatively you can lay them on your plates. I finished them off by placing a speckled malted chocolate egg on them (which I had also strewn over the entire table.
For the centrepiece, I had been eyeing a massive vase at the Dollarama which elsewhere would have cost at least $20. This one? Just a few dollars! I also filled it with preserved forest moss they sold there as well - isn't it gorgeous? I then created a taped grid over the top of the vase, and cut faux florals I purchased at Michaels. The grid allowed for me to create a more dramatic centrepiece. I bent the branches as well to create more interest.
I found a lovely wooden stand at HomeSense which had a beaded bottom (yes, can you see a theme here?!) and knew it would be PERFECT for the vase! Then, I added a few golden bunnies on a wood base, added the cutest egg holders for the kids, and placed recently watercolour decorated eggs in them. For an additional hint of colour I used golden cutlery from HomeSense, which grounded the white layers really well.
And there you have it! A lovely tablescape inspired by nature, created with layers, colour & yummy texture, finished with some pretty florals, Easter bunnies, and last but not least, chocolate!
I hope this will inspire you to create a lovely Easter dining table, too!
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