Friday, April 2, 2010
Anatomy of an Easter Table
There's an old saying that goes: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” I've been trying to live my life a little more by this motto lately. The fact that I grew up with a Mom who, whether she realized it or not, lived completely by this mantra helps a lot in this matter. To say that my Mom was "green" before there was such a thing is an understatement. She is the Queen of reusing, recycling and repurposing in every form of her life. Anyone who knows her can attest to this, and might I add that she's clever enough that those who don't know her would never guess that she is an original Frugalista.
With my Mom and this motto in mind, I have tried to channel my inner Frugalista to help with my upcoming Easter dinner party. I have invited around 25 people over to my house for Easter dinner this coming Sunday, and I have been worrying about my decorations and table settings. Am I the only one who worries about such things? Weird, maybe, but these are the thoughts that plague me. I try my best to throw fabulous parties on a less than fabulous budget, so today I set about thinking about my Easter table decorations, and decided I needed to "make it do" with what I had on hand.
I've seen on a number of blogs people who are making cute little vignettes out of jars and Easter decorations or candy. Now since I'm somewhat like my Mom, I have a lot of jars saved. Yes, when the salsa in the pretty shaped jar is all gone, I save the jar. So I pulled out a number of jars that I liked, and tried to think of what I already had to spruce them up with.
First of all I didn't like the generic lids these shapely jars came with. So I pulled out my handy dandy spray paint, and spruced them up.
Then I put some Easter decorations that I already had into the jars along with some Easter Jellybeans.
I displayed the jars on a fat quarter of fabric that I already had, and just ironed the edges under, no sewing involved.
Then while I had the spray paint out I thought I'd paint a few ceramic birds that I already had, and have been meaning to paint. I think they turned out cute as well.
I'm going to have quite a few Easter tables that need decorating, so I probably won't use this all together the way it is now (or I could on the buffet table). But I like this grouping, and know that I could split it all up to put on individual tables if I want to.
A few things that I have collections of are cake plates and birds, so I pulled some of those out along with Easter decorations that I already had.
I think the only thing new to my Easter collection this year are these giant egg lanterns that I got at a local craft outlet for about $0.75 a piece (and the jellybeans of course, and they were under $1 a bag).
So anyway that's some of my Easter table decorating plan. The goal: make a pretty party with what you've got. I hope I accomplished this, and think that my family and food will do the rest to turn our Easter celebration into a great one.