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An Easter Table Setting in Green and White

Setting a beautiful table for Easter doesn’t have to be complicated!  Here’s a simple Green & White table setting idea!

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With Easter just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about your brunch and dinner table!  I like to have a pretty and festive table at all of the holidays, but I need it to be simple.  When you’re busy cooking and baking, sometimes the last thing you want to do is set the table, let alone decorate it.  But I like a decorated table, so I’ve just learned to keep things as simple as possible.  That means shopping around my own home for decorations.

Remember, making things pretty does not need to be complicated!  So I wanted to share some ideas with you, just so you can see how easy it is to put together a festive Easter table.  Last week I shared a Robin’s Egg Blue Table Setting, and a Pink & Yellow Table Setting, and today I wanted to share a simple and springy Green & White Table Setting.

Green and White Easter Table {A Pretty Life}

I bought these cute little white cardboard strawberry baskets at Michaels for less than $4, and to go with them I bought some green paper basket filler.  And because I had some of these fuzzy chicks in my home stash already I decided to use them, but if you have other trinkets or Easter candy use those!

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Really, what I’m learning is any little extra attention you give to your table, is enough.  The simplest things are noticed and appreciated…while it would be nice to have an elaborate table, it’s just not always feasible or affordable.

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Get creative and have fun with it!

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For more Easter table ideas, click on the images below!

A Robin’s Egg Blue Table

Robin's Egg Blue Easter Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

Pink & Yellow Easter Table

Pink and Yellow Easter Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

Easter Bunny Basket Table Setting

Easter Table Setting

Also to go with your table setting, here are some delicious Easter dinner ideas…just click on the titles for the recipes.

Easter Menu {A Pretty Life}

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Baked Ham

Devilled Eggs

Broccoli Salad with Mandarins, Red Onion & Bacon

Dill Scalloped Potatoes

Parsnip Puree

Glazed Carrots

Roasted Asparagus

Seven Layer Salad

Peanut Butter Confetti Cake

Strawberry Shortcakes

Carrot Cake

Have an inspired and delicious day!  Happy Easter!

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Robin's Egg Blue Easter Table Setting  {A Pretty Life}

An Easter Table Setting in Robin’s Egg Blue

Setting a beautiful table for Easter doesn’t have to be complicated!  Here is an idea for a pretty Robin’s Egg Blue Easter table!

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I’m getting so excited for Easter now that it’s March and the timing feels right to do some planning!  This year we’re having Easter at home, so I am dreaming up ways to decorate our dinner and brunch table.  Last week I showed you an idea for a Pink & Yellow Easter Table, and today I’m sharing an idea for a Robin’s Egg Blue Easter Table.

Robin's Egg Blue Easter Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

I think this is my favourite Easter table colour scheme…I just love love the colour of Robin’s Egg Blue.  Not only that but Robin eggs are the quintessential sign of spring…I remember checking birds nests on the big gas tanks on my Grandparent’s farm with my Grandpa when we’d visit in the spring.  It was always so amazing to see the teeny tiny Robin eggs…these are such good memories for me, and because of these moments I have a fondness for Robin eggs.  I mean how can you not love a Robin egg?  The colour, the speckles…so pretty.

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This is the easiest table setting to make.  I bought a set of cardboard strawberry baskets in white from Michaels, and filled them up with the decorative Robin eggs, then I added a simple white & grey birch ribbon.  I love how the egg place setting matches so nicely with our dining table chairs, and the new napkins I found at Chapters.  So simple and pretty.

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The whole point of me sharing these table setting ideas is to show you how easy it is to set a beautiful Easter table.  We don’t need to complicate things with elaborate settings.  I know I often feel like I have to go big or go home, then I get overwhelmed at the thought and end up doing nothing, so instead I decided to embrace the simple.  You can shop your own Easter decor stash for ideas, or buy inexpensive embellishments from your local craft store.  It doesn’t take a lot to make a pretty table come together.

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Just have fun and enjoy putting together your table, because if you like what you are doing it shows!

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I can’t send you away without sharing some food ideas with you!  So to go with this table setting, here are some delicious Easter dinner ideas…just click on the titles for the recipes.

Easter Menu {A Pretty Life}

Baked Ham  //  Devilled Eggs  //  Broccoli Salad with Mandarins, Red Onion & Bacon  //  Dill Scalloped Potatoes  //  Parsnip Puree  //  Glazed Carrots  //  Roasted Asparagus  //  Seven Layer Salad  //  Peanut Butter Confetti Cake  //  Strawberry Shortcakes  //  Carrot Cake

Have an inspired day!

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Pink and Yellow Easter Table Setting  {A Pretty Life}2

An Easter Table Setting in Pink and Yellow

Setting a beautiful table for Easter doesn’t have to be complicated!  Here is a simple and cheery pink & yellow table to get you inspired!

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I really love Easter.  Everything about it feels fresh and springy which is such a relief this time of year as winter hangs around.  Mind you we’ve been really lucky this year, and it’s felt more like spring than winter which is so nice.  The sunshine and warm wind has inspired me to break out the spring and Easter decor, and it’s got me thinking about Easter weekend.

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We’re staying home for Easter this year, which I’m really looking forward to.  Even though it will be just the 5 of us for dinner, I still like to serve up a full delicious Easter menu, and set a festive table.  Holidays are the perfect time and excuse to turn up the notch on decor and serve up all.  the.  delicious.  food.

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I’ve been dreaming up ideas for our table, and playing with different colours and textures, so over the next couple of days I’m going to share them with you!  Today I’m starting off with soft and pretty table decor, using traditional Easter pastel colours like yellow and pink.

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While I was sifting through all of my Easter decor, I thought these pink and yellow speckled eggs would look so pretty on an Easter table.  Paired with in-season citrus fruit in the same colours, I made this simple centrepiece.  I know it’s not fancy or overly complicated, but that’s exactly why I love it.  I just don’t have the time or energy or budget to create a complicated Easter table, so I am determined to keep it simple and inexpensive, but beautiful.  Yes, it’s possible.

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To complete the table, set out some spring tulips in mason jar vases.  Every table needs fresh flowers…so pretty!

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I also thought it would be nice to give everyone a pretty little gift at each of their table settings.  I found these cute little polka dot envelopes at Michaels and filled them up with chocolate easter eggs (my favourite are the Eggies), then I added a little kraft paper doily and tied them up with yellow bakers twine.  I like how they came together.  And if you wanted to personalize each gift, you could write your guests name on them.

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See, we don’t have to complicate things and stress over setting the perfect table!  The prettiest Easter table is possible with just a few simple decorations!  Now to go with this table setting, here are some delicious Easter dinner ideas…just click on the titles for the recipes.

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Easter Menu  {A Pretty Life}

Baked Ham  //  Devilled Eggs  //  Broccoli Salad with Mandarins, Red Onion & Bacon  //  Dill Scalloped Potatoes  //  Parsnip Puree  //  Glazed Carrots  //  Roasted Asparagus  //  Seven Layer Salad  //  Peanut Butter Confetti Cake  //  Strawberry Shortcakes  //  Carrot Cake

Have an inspired and delicious day!

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Valentines Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft and chewy, and decorated with red & pink smarties, they’re perfect for Valentines Day! xo

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It’s February!  How is it already February?  At the speed that time currently seems to be flying, I’m hoping that the next thing I know it will be summer.  Because right about now I tire of winter.  We have very very very long winters here in Alberta, and while I enjoy the first few months of this season, I eventually get tired of the grey and cold and ice and chinook headaches.  But at the same time I get inspired to make and bake things this time of year because there’s really not much else to do, and I don’t do well with idle hands.  So I guess it’s kind of a catch isn’t it?

And now with it being February we’re looking ahead to Valentines Day!  I actually really appreciate the timing of Valentines Day this time of year, because the colours and fun of this day are a nice break from all the dreary of winter.  While we don’t do a lot to mark the day, it is nice to decorate the mantel with some colour, hang a wreath, and maybe have a simple fondue with the kids.  I also like to bake with a little theme in mind.  If you’ve been reading along here long enough you know that I like to bake cookies for pretty much each occasion, and Valentines Day is no different!  This year I decided to make these Valentines Day Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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These cookies are pretty and fun for love day but really they’re great any time of year.  You can play with the colours of the smarties and make them green for St. Patricks Day, or red and green for Christmas, or pastels for Easter…or if you’re like me, you can just pick the smarties off.  Yes, I pick off the smarties.  I don’t like the crunch of them on my cookies, but I add them because smarties make my kids happy.

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Anyway these cookies are a little different than regular chocolate chip cookies, in that they also contain ground oats and an extra egg yolk which makes them super soft and chewy.  My favourite kinds of cookies are the chewy kind!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 sugar
  • 2/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cups old fashioned oats, ground in a food processor
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup red and pink smarties

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a mixer cream together the butter and sugars.
  3. Add the egg, extra yolk, milk and vanilla then mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add the flour mix to the butter mix and combine.
  6. Add the ground oats and chocolate chips and mix well.
  7. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
  8. When the cookies have finished baking, let them rest for a minute or 2, then add the smarties to the tops of the cookies. Adding the smarties this way ensures that they don't crack from the heat of baking.
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Recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking

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So pretty and delicious…my favourite.

Have a delicious day!
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The Gift of Home Made

A few days ago my husband received the nicest package in the mail from his Mom…when I saw what she had sent over I could hardly believe my eyes.  It was a box full of hand made gift bags, complete with tissue paper and gift tags to be used to wrap our gifts.  It’s not often that people send and receive home made gifts any more, so when such a beautiful one lands on your doorstep it feels amazing.  Now I know these bags were for my husband, but I am completely smitten with them.  So much so that I had to share them with you!

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Oh these gift bags, they’re so gorgeous!  The work and detail and fabric that went into each bag really is amazing…even the inside of each bag is lined with beautiful fabric.

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They are so beautiful, but it’s the time that went into each bag that is really special.

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I mean, just look at the detail…all the different fabrics and ribbon on each bag.

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Beautiful colours and textures…

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I love them SO much I can’t bear to give them away, they’re just too special.  So we will only be using them for gifts in our little family.

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Hand made gifts really are the best.  Just knowing that someone is taking time out of their lives to make you something, really means a lot.  My husband was very touched at this gesture…as was I.

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So if you ever doubt that your hand made gift for someone in your life won’t be appreciated or loved, think again.  Whether it be homemade jam or cookies, a piece of art, a sewn treasure, just know that your gift is very special to the person you made it for, because of the love and time you took to make it.

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Thank you so much Steph, for this gift!

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So this is where I sign off until the New Year!  May your Christmas be full of love, great food and company!  And thank you all again so much for reading along with me this past year…you make this blog journey so special!

Have a very Merry Christmas!
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