How did Easter sneak up on us? I am having 11 people over on Sunday and haven’t even gone shopping for the food yet. This afternoon I sprang into action to get the table set. I pretended I was working back in retail display and used only what I had on hand. I shopped my house and came up with 6 easy ideas to decorate and set your table for Easter that you can have done in minutes. You may not have all of these items in your house, but with a little bit of rummaging through your cabinets and drawers you may come up with your own ideas.
1. No-Sew Tablecloth and Runner
I had 2 yards of white burlap in my fabric stash. It was just long enough for a table runner. Find out how to finish the edges on burlap in this post – How to Make a Place Mat Out of Burlap.
I pulled out my Spring tablecloth from storage. It really isn’t a tablecloth – just raw edged fabric yardage. I have used it for about 5 years. I add a large tabletop to the table for holiday celebrations –you can read about it, here - How I Enlarge My Dining Room Table for Extra Seating. I need a very large tablecloth – larger than ready-made sizes.
Fabric yardage works just fine. I am not about perfection – only affordable, quick, and pretty.
2. Tissue Paper Flowers
I love fresh flowers, but have no budget for them this year. Tissue paper to the rescue to add color impact to the center of the table. I placed a white ceramic pitcher in the middle of the table. I placed one flower on top of it and the others around it. You can find how to make tissue paper flowers in this post – How to Make a Tissue Paper Valentine. I made the ones for this table in many different sizes.
3. Doily Place Mat
If your plates are looking a bit lonely. Place a tray size round doily under them. Instant interest!
4. Scrapbook Paper Place Mat
No doilies to place under your plates? Try using scrapbook paper. I used a different color at each place setting and the doily, too.
5. Napkin Fold: Bunny Ears
“Bunny Ears” is my go-to napkin fold. I usually place them in the stemmed glasses on the table, but since it is Easter, I decided to have some fun and made bunny face napkin rings to go over the rolled napkins.
1. Fold napkin in a triangle.
2. Start rolling the napkin from the folded end.
3. It will look like this.
4. Fold in half. Place in a glass to add height to your table setting or use on a plate with a napkin ring.
This is how they look when placed on the plates without a napkin ring.
6. Easter Bunny Napkin Ring
My girls are grown, but they still enjoy seeing the Easter Bunny. To accent the Bunny Ears napkin fold, I made a bunny face, bow tie, and names of guest’s on my computer and printed and cut them out.
I rolled up an 8-inch strip of scrapbook paper and secured it with a glue dot. A dab of hot glue would work, too. I attached the bow with each guests name on it with a glue stick.
Slide the rolled napkin through the paper ring and you have cute place cards for your table.
I have included a Pdf. download for you to print out and make your own at the end of the post.
Quick, colorful, and all done with ordinary stuff I had on hand. I bought the dessert size polka-dot plates at Marshall’s about 6 years ago. They are normally displayed in a glass-fronted cabinet in my kitchen.
I love the pops of color.
I cut off the black outline around the face.