fun changes around here. I'd been wanting to change things up and add a bit more color for some time. I enlisted the help of sweet Rylee from over here. If you need some blog updates or just need to have things polished up, she's your girl! Loved working with her and loved how I just kind of threw a bunch of things that I "liked" at her and she plucked the image out of my brain and put it onto the screen for me. And she added in some coral-y pink for me. Which is totally me in every way.
Okay now, on to Easter. My favorite holiday!! It truly is. Mainly for what it means- Jesus paid the ultimate penalty for my (sadly, many) sins by dying on a cross, and then rose from the grave and is ALIVE today and I'll get to see Him someday! But I also love this time of year because of the warmer weather peeking out and the garden buds beginning to unfurl. Peep toe shoes and longer days. The promise of better things to come, both figuratively and literally. I just love Spring!!
I tend to like a pretty table that mixes both elegant and casual together, because my goal in hosting anything is to set everyone at ease. While I may love using cloth napkins others might be slightly intimidated to use them, so I toss a mason jar on the table as a drinking glass and it says, "Hey we don't take ourselves too seriously around here." I want people to feel welcomed and comfortable, yet, like I went to some effort to make them feel like a special guest, because that's what I'd want to feel. Isn't that the entire goal of hospitality- do unto others? I think your centerpiece always sets the tone for your gathering. I chose farmy looking flowers like chamomile (from Trader Joe's) because they are effortless, sweet, smell great, and speak to the casual "stay awhile" feeling I like to promote around here. (Plus they are some of my favorites!)
simple, affordable (because we all know hosting anything costs something) and easy. Not to mention that I love sending my guests home with something to remember the night by. I printed out Emily's free postcards and slipped them into these bags. Take home gift!!
watercolor place cards here. I love using place cards because I don't want my guests to wonder what's expected of them. Once they find their spot, they can use their water glass, set down their sweater, etc. It's like going on vacation but having your hotel room to retreat to. Er. Kinda. At least that's the way I look at it.
I made little nests from crinkly kraft packing paper because I had a ton of of it on hand. Then I placed some chocolates into them. Easy and inexpensive. And non-fussy. I like that. For the kiddos I found a box of pipe cleaner chicks in the dollar bin at JoAnn's and tucked a few of them into nests on each of the kid plates.
meringues because they are my husband's fave and since it's also his birthday weekend I thought he'd appreciate that. I dipped them in colored candy melts from JoAnn's to make them a bit more special and tie them in with our colors. Talk about easy and cute!! Love.
So that's it for my Easter preparations. Well, until Adrain gets home and unfolds the other table. Ha!
Wishing you all a Happy Easter and that you are bathed in the freshness of this story of God's love...