Monday, April 2, 2012

Easter Brunch: A Potpourri of Ideas for Spring Entertaining

Spring is here and Easter celebrations are less than a week away!  Here is an eclectic mix of spring entertaining ideas for your consideration!  

Decorative plates
In an earlier blog, we talked about decorating glass plates by affixing paper napkin cutouts with hairspray.  I finally executed this idea and it turned out better than expected! 
First – pick out a brightly patterned napkin, since the final product will be paler than the original napkin.  I found a small plate that matched the size of the inside circle of my glass plate, and used it as a template to cut a circle out of the napkin.  I peeled away the extra layers of paper, laid the circle on the back of the plate and sprayed it with hairspray.  Once it had dried, voila – good to go!  (And clean-up was easy with a short soak in soapy water.)

I placed the plates on gold chargers, which helped make the pattern stand out.  


Simple Centerpiece
You don’t have to be a professional floral arranger to create your own unique spring centerpiece.  Purchase a long rectangular glass vase and fill it with plastic vase gems (in this example, I used yellow ones that I purchased from a local floral supply store).  Add water just to the top of the “gems” and then stick your flower stems in.  They’ll stand up in the gems, making it easy to create an arrangement.  In this case, I used Gerber daisies, a green hydrangea-like flower and babies’ breath.  


Fun Buffet Idea
As illustrated in this photo taken at a recent tablescaping class at Summerwinds, candlesticks aren’t just for candles.  A row of candlesticks topped with small potted ferns wrapped in coordinating fabric/ribbon can make a great buffet backdrop, adding oft-needed height. 


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