Happy Easter! I had the fortunate opportunity to celebrate this Easter at my parents home in Indiana. One of my very favorite things in the world are family get togethers, especially if they are being held in farm country where I grew up.
One of the things I love about Easter is the expression of Spring it brings forth in its symbolism but also in the decor and colors that are found abound. I found inspiration in everything from the fresh green grass and Spring tulips to the tradition of the Easter bunny and jelly beans as I was sketching ideas for a festive Easter tablescape to bring a little extra fun to our family celebration.
The first thing I did was decide a style for my Easter table. Was it going to be sleek and modern, childlike and bright, or whimsical and natural? I knew I wanted this magical, sweet, romantic bunny cake as my centerpiece. Knowing that, the rest of the choices I made for the table reflects back to the bunny cake. I had the perfect bakery in mind to capture all the whimsy and sweetness of my rabbit, Mamaw’s Sweet Shop in Lafayette, IN. They did such an amazing job! They even had the fantastic idea to layer the cake with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors, how pretty! I placed the cake on our soft pink scalloped edge cake stand and it made the perfect focal point.
The next piece of the puzzle was to add depth and symmetry to the display. I flanked one side of the bunny cake with our three tier wood and brass tray. To add a pop of color I used crinkled soft pink Easter grass as a bed for the birds nest treats. The chocolate nest were made of Fiber One Cereal and mini chocolate malt eggs to create the nest and added a porcelain bird and tin mini birdhouse to complete the look.
The other side of the table now needed some height to ensure visual balance. I added a wood crate topped with a watering can with a lovely arrangement of spring tulips. The wood and metal mimicked not only the height of our three tiered tray but complimented the materials as well.
I wanted these elements to have a fun backdrop to showcase them. I used a 3 foot by 4 foot foam core board and covered it with these awesome tissue paper grass mats I found at a local Chicago party store Doolins. They were the perfect thing to add whimsy yet stay in the realm of natural with its grassy texture.
Centered in the middle I cut a vintage style honeycomb tissue egg and topped it with a fun polka dot satin ribbon with spring blue dots matching the color of the eggs. Then I finished the background with our rustic wood carrot banner. My mom’s home didn’t have a space to place the dessert bar on a blank wall. So to extend the background and make it more grand I added two bouquets of pearlized pink balloons.
To fill in the table we needed a few more treats. I made the cute cake pop garden by adding paper flower collars to pre-made cake pops. I then cut a rectangle of floral foam about two inches smaller than the acrylic container I was using. I knew I was going to be using edibles to fill in the garden “dirt” so I wrapped the floral foam in plastic wrap to keep little bits of foam from mixing in with the jelly beans. Then I pre-poked each hole with a smaller sucker stick to know where I wanted to “plant” the cake pop flowers more easily. Watching over our delicious garden was the white rabbit figurine with a few carrots to boot.
On the other side of the table I added a small tin basket and filled it with bright Easter themed cookies. Also, on top of our mini bunny cake stand I placed a trio of chocolate rabbits nestled in more Easter grass. To make them stand tall, I simply melted a little extra chocolate that acted as glue.
The table was covered in our traditional ivory tablecloth and layered with not one but two handmade banners. Again Doolin’s came through, I found dye cut easter eggs and added my own ric rac ribbon. The final touch was creating the “Happy Easter” banner by using glue dots to adhere the felt cut out letters to our coordinating polka dot ribbon.
It was so much fun to create this table! Come back to our blog soon and you will be sure to find more of these party table inspiration for your own celebration or we are happy to create a custom party table just for you as well!
Cake – Mamaw’s Sweet Shop