Celebrating Easter with Jen Lutz

Celebrating Easter with Jen Lutz
Easter is a much celebrated and beloved holiday for me and my family. From observing Lent, to dyeing eggs, hiding baskets filled with sweet treats and small trinkets, to enjoying spring with a good old fashioned Easter egg hunt. We also love sharing good conversation over a delicious meal. Often this includes festivities such as brunch with friends and dinner with family. This year, we’re hosting a sunrise Easter service at our house and we’ll conclude with a buffet breakfast, so I wanted a table that’s festive and fun for both the adults and young ones.

Layer, layer, and then layer some more

Easter Table by Jen Lutz

If you’ve seen my other holiday tablescapes, you know that I love layering. For Easter, I started with a burlap runner from Hobby Lobby, and topped it with a table runner I found in the Target dollar bin — they had a number of super cute table toppers this year. I also found ceramic bunny placeholders and glass bunny jars that I filled with jelly beans and chocolate eggs.

Yum! The only problem is that I can’t seem to keep the jars full — there is some candy thievery going on at the house (from adults and kids alike). I also found a cute carrot garland at TJ Maxx and arranged it on top of the runners for a bit of color. Finally, I filled a larger clear glass jar with a bird topper with faux grass and blown eggs that I colored and painted a few years ago. They are some of my favorite eggs, so I store them carefully at the end of each Easter season.

Mix it up with something old and something new

Easter Table by Jen LutzI pulled in round yellow placemats that I bought a couple of seasons ago — I believe at TJ Maxx — and layered those with wood slice chargers at a Pottery Barn outlet. For the dinnerware, I used my cream plates, topped with bunny salad/dessert plates that I found at TJ Maxx. I had colorful tangerine, yellow, and aqua napkins that I made a few years ago from fat quarters (one of my easiest tricks for making festive, affordable cloth dinner napkins).

As always, I love to mix a little high and low together. First, I shopped my own house. My cream plates and turquoise and cream mugs are from the Pioneer Woman Collection at Walmart, as are the fat quarters I used to make my DIY cloth napkins. I also hit up the dollar bins at Target, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, and a great Pottery Barn outlet.

Easter Table by Jen Lutz

Finish the festive tablescape with something good to eat

A few of my favorite breakfast or brunch ideas include an egg bake or quiche. Add in something sweet, like coffee cake, monkey bread, or cinnamon rolls. Also make sure to include fresh fruit, coffee, and juice.

For Easter dinner with the family, my menu consists of ham via Mad Hungry, scalloped potatoes, asparagus, and homemade rolls. I also make coconut cream pie from a to-die-for recipe from the Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. Some lemon cake via Ina Garten and something chocolate can finish the meal on a sweet, sugary high note.

Do you have other tablescape ideas for Easter? Share them with us. We’d love to hear about them!