My Mom always hosts Christmas and Easter dinner but this year I said I would host Easter dinner. A few things you may not know about me 1. It doesn’t take much to stress me out (like…Easter dinner stresses me out lol), 2. I may have a mild case of OCD and 3. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. There are both positive and negative aspects to these qualities but probably more negative when you have 10+ people coming for dinner.
Originally I had 16 people coming for dinner (my parents are divorced so there are more than two sides of the family) so I figured I would have the kids at a kids table, 8 adults at the dinner table two at the breakfast bar, and the rest could pull up a chair close by and use their laps as a table. Not ideal but you do what you have to do.
The list is now at 12 so it’s a little more manageable. I will have the kids table and then 8 adults at the dinner table and I will squeeze in there somewhere. I thought I would share my table set up with you.
Before I do…I shared in my Instagram stories this week, the idea of using paper plates at Easter dinner. Originally this was my plan, but then my dinner guest list grew and I decided I couldn’t have people trying to cut meat on paper plates on their lap, so I went with plastic plates. At the end of the day I could have used paper plates because we will all fit at the table but I am happy with what I chose. (Let me just say though, paper plates are a great option for dinner and you can get some really cute patterned plates out there. Check out some of the patterns I chose under my Motherhood story highlights on my Instagram account.)
For photo purposes, I have set my table with six settings which does include a leaf in the table.
I’ll start with the place settings. The placemats, napkins and table runner I picked up from Home Sense and they were very affordable. I love the texture difference and how much the simple stitching on the napkin adds to the overall look. The dinner plates, dessert plates and cutlery are all plastic! It doesn’t look like it, right? I am very impressed with how the place settings turned out. I purchased the dinner plates, dessert plates and cutlery from Party City.
The candlestick holders and flower vines I purchased from Michaels, on sale! The vine is actually meant for wreath decor and I purchased it for under $10.
The white pails I purchased for under $2 from Michaels (on clearance) and the eggs are also from there and I purchased them when they had buy one get one off their Easter decor. I think it cost me $9 for two bags of eggs. They are definitely something I will use from year to year.
It’s amazing what fresh flowers can add to a table. I wanted something simple, modern and vintage and I think I pulled it off. It can get expensive when it comes to Holiday decor but if you shop around for what you’re looking for, you can save a lot of money.
Elegant is sometimes defined as simple. I kept the colour scheme to pastel colours, specifically turquoise, pink, white and cream. This also tied into my the curtains I have in my kitchen, which worked out perfectly.
I am loving how my Easter table turned out. Don’t be afraid to keep your china in the cupboard and go with something easy like paper or plastic. You can still achieve elegance with simplicity.
Happy Easter, friends!