Easter is almost upon us which means long lies, spending time with friends and family and - of course - overindulgence! Dining with family and friends is a big part of this bank holiday weekend for many of us, so we've pulled together some of our favourite Easter table ideas for SS16.
Making a gorgeous Easter dinner is all about creating a wonderfully welcoming environment where you can relax, unwind and enjoy precious time spent with friends and family. We’re drawing on some of our favourite timeless schemes as well as the key trends of SS16 to create the perfect setting for your Easter celebrations.
01.Classic blue and white
Beautiful blue and white schemes never go out of style but in spring they feel especially fresh and inspiring so try incorporating the look on your Easter table. Begin the look with a beautifully textured tablecloth – a white linen tablecloth is a worthwhile investment as it forms the perfect backdrop for a whole host of tablescapes – however, a blue and white striped tablecloth is also the perfect new season alternative.
When it comes to crockery, again a simple white set can be the perfect addition with blue touches being added through napkins and placemats. However, the SS16 collection from GreenGate is brimming with bold indigo and white stripe patterned pieces that are perfect for a punchier take on this classic colour scheme. Try layering these vibrant prints with simpler styles – a striped plate with a simple white bowl layered on top ensures the look feels laid-back yet stylish rather than overwhelming.
This season, textures and materials are taking centre stage across a number of the interior collections and we’re harnessing this look to create a gorgeous, beach hut-inspired Easter table idea. As the beach-inspired scheme has a relaxed, casual vibe, a weathered table top is the perfect foundation for this look. Combined with linen napkins, rattan placemats, wooden handled cutlery and chunky stoneware that is both stylish and comfortable to use, this combination creates a well-loved scheme that will encourage your guests to relax and unwind.
Like the mixed materiality of this look, the palette is also soft and relaxed. Soft, neutral tones, creams and gentle washes of powdery blue are inviting and relaxing and work perfectly with the organic materials used, building a Southern European style that is utterly inviting.
At Easter, the table often forms the heart of the party with everyone gathering around to eat, catch-up and enjoy each other’s company. This being the case, spending a little time styling your dinner table can help create a beautiful environment which your friends and family will love.
How you decide to decorate your table can change the whole mood of your dining room and is a fabulous way of bringing some new season style to your dinner party. Spring is the season of growth and bringing nature’s bounty to the table will add a burst of colour and new season style. A beautiful vase of seasonal daffodils or tulips makes a gorgeous centrepiece while individual blooms at each place setting add a pretty, personal touch.
As Easter is the season of indulgence, stylish serveware can also be used to create a beautiful centrepiece. A tiered cake stand is the ultimate way to show off baked goods, canapes or sandwiches, or for a contemporary twist, try displaying your Easter treats under glass cake domes and cloches. Alternatively you can fill your cloche with gorgeous spring blooms, Easter eggs or springy succulents for a quirky take on this Easter look.
When it comes to cooking for larger groups of people, it can be easy to feel a little overwhelmed. But taking a deep breath (and a sip of wine) can go a long way, as can some stunning cookware that is practical enough to be used in the oven and looks fabulous on the dining table.
Haute cuisine is all very well but when it comes to family dining, there is something undeniably homely and comforting about a large dish placed on the dining table for all to share. Homemade pies, rich bubbling stews and delicious pot roasts are all perfect Easter dinners and are guaranteed to leave everyone feeling satisfied – although not without room for another chocolate Easter egg or two…
Bringing a dish straight from the oven to the table is a fabulous timesaver and presenting the whole meal intact can look very impressive too. Stylish casseroles and baking dishes are perfect final flourishes, look to Le Creuset for pieces that perform flawlessly and look beautiful too.