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How to Lay an Easter Table

A guide to a Seasonal Celebration

Let’s grab our reasons to be cheerful where we can find them and have some egg and chicken based fun. Lay the table inside or outside depending on your lockdown circumstances.

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A dinner table laid with easter decorations

Good Friday vs Easter Sunday

I always lay a basic festive table ready for the morning of Good Friday. But, religion aside, Good Friday is not the chocolate extravaganza of Easter Sunday and the table need not be too flamboyant. Good Friday seems more of a quiet day of a lazy hot cross bun breakfasts and sunny dog walks. Easter Sunday is the day to go to town with your entertaining.

 

Easter Symbols

 

It seems to me Easter is all about symbolism: rebirth; new life; purity. So we have eggs (and chickens); rabbits (if there’s any animal that represents the rather rapid creation of new life, it’s a rabbit) and lambs; white blossom. And Easter marks the end of Lent so if you’ve been in a 40 day state of denial (not necessarily in the desert), this festival gives you licence to break your fast and get down to some serious eating.

 

Where to Start?

 

Raiding the garden seems like a good place to begin. I picked some flowering currant for a bit of colour but catkin and pussywillow are the perfect blossoms for Easter. Find your catkins (the drooping flower heads) on alders or hazels and pussywillow (the furry blooms which grow close to the stems) on willows and sallows. We put them in Falcon jugs for a bit of simple height on the table. If you have younger children, or you’re an enthusiastic creative type, you could make your own decorations to hang from these branches. If you’re a less enthusiastic creative type, just tie brightly coloured ribbon around the stems.

Harriett cutting branches of currant.
Harriett cutting branches of currant.
Harriett aranging brances of currant in a falcon jug

The Table

Any gathering of friends and family should be about joy and celebration. We used Fog Linen tablecloth, napkins and tea towels for a grounding of simple, cheerful colour. Stripes and gingham in mismatched shades are perfect for unprecious style. We used Bougies la Francaise candles to add some additional pops of colour and Hay trays are standing in for plates because the egg-like oval shape seemed like an Easter gift!

The Gifts and Favours

It’s a nice touch to add things to the table which can be snaffled by your guests. We’re making sure that everyone at The Hambledon Easter meal has their very own egg cup and spoon (again, joyful colour) to take away. Harriett has also wrapped the bags of sweets and eggs, laid at every place, in linen (very furoshiki) in the form of bunnies’ ears. Roll your napkin or tea towel on the bias into a thin sausage, wrap the fabric sausage around the bag of sweets and secure with a napkin ring, leaving lovely long rabbity ears.

A table laid with easter decorations

The Final Touch

As a final touch, I always scatter handfuls of mini eggs over the tablecloth. Because nothing says Easter like a surfeit of chocolate.

 

Whether you’re celebrating indoors or outdoors, with your household or 6 friends, we wish you a very, very happy Easter. Find all the ingredients for laying your table, this way.

 

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