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Entertaining at Easter
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Entertaining at Easter

Easter is Christmas’s more relaxing cousin for many people, with less expectation and less financial outlay. Although Easter is pretty early this year, we are already experiencing the stirrings of spring.

If you really want to impress your guests over the long weekend, we have rounded up a few ideas for creating beautiful floral decorations. Trust us, these don’t require masses of time or indeed skill!

The simplest idea is a vase or two of flowers. Daffodils and tulips abound, while daffs are particularly good value. The sunshine yellow of the blooms will brighten up any room and you can pick up a bunch for around £1. If you don’t have any/many vases, you can use jars, jugs or even pint glasses. If you don’t have a dining table, how about putting some flowers in the hall or on a side table? For extra value for money, buy some potted flowers from the garden centre and these can then go outside afterwards and brighten up your garden, terrace or balcony.

You can also buy a bouquet or two of mixed blooms, which can be picked up very reasonably at most supermarkets. If you feel up to creating your own displays, you can buy a few bunches and arrange them yourself. Some garden centres sell cut flowers, as - of course - do florists. Making your own arrangement is not tricky and there is plenty of step-by-step advice available online, with sites such as Pinterest having thousands of ideas.

For extra impact, pick a colour theme and use this for the rest of your table decorations. Yellow, lilac and green are suitably spring-like! You don’t have to have beautiful matching linen napkins and tablecloths to create a stunning table, with paper napkins available in every shade to add a splash of colour for very little cost. You can also but disposable tablecloths, which obviously saves on the laundry.

Not many of us go the whole hog and put out name settings, but this does add a nice touch if you are entertaining. You can write names on leaves (shiny, thickish ones work best); cut-outs of chick/rabbit/egg shapes in paper or card; painted eggs (real ones or wooden craft eggs); or, very simply, pieces of coloured card to match your colour scheme. Use a metallic or calligraphy pen for extra effect.

Flowers and table settings do not have to be time consuming or costly, and - more importantly - do not have to be magazine perfect. This is what adds to the charm and your guests will appreciate the effort you have put in.

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