Inspiration for spending Easter 2021 at home

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Easter. There’s no better time to catch up with friends and family, enjoy an indulgent meal (or as many chocolate eggs as possible) and take stock of the little things that make you happy. For the second time around, we may not be able to catch up with our loved ones in the usual way—but by now we’re all experts in at-home revelry. Even so, to help you embrace the occasion, we reached out to illustrator Fee Greening for some seasonal table decoration ideas. Take inspiration from the beautiful arrangement she created, adorned with foraged flowers, OKA china and her iconic dip pen and ink drawings.

We’ve also curated some fun weekend activities and our favorite Easter presents.

What’s on the menu?

Easter is the ideal opportunity to flex your culinary muscles (or order some special-occasion takeout, if you need a break from the kitchen). Dive into your well-worn cookbooks for inspiration or venture online for new recipes, then plan an extravaganza for one, two or however many are in your bubble.

To bring a little novelty to breakfast (or, more likely, brunch), why not serve up the humble Easter egg with a British twist? If you’ve never enjoyed a soft-boiled egg from an adorable and purpose-built egg cup, now is the time. And while some younger family members might be inclined to start the day by diving directly into the chocolate variety, we’re fairly sure they won’t say no the everyday British delicacy of eggs and soldiers. It’s simple—just cut your toast into sticks, boil your eggs to runny perfection, pop them into egg cups and dip away.

If the weather doesn’t take a seasonal turn for the worse, you could pack a picnic basket and serve your Easter feast alfresco. Hosting may feel a little strange after the last year, but if you have the space and feel up to it, consider throwing your bubble their first garden party of the season—keeping things socially distanced, of course.

What’s on your table?

Once the menu is confirmed, fetch your finest wine (or mix up your favorite concoction), dress your table to impress and add name cards to each place setting, even if there’s just one. For a sense of occasion, use your best dinnerware, table linen, glasses and flatware. Accessorize with bouquets of spring flowers in pretty, pastel shades (think daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths), or go all out with an Easter tree, complete with egg decorations.

For tips on crafting artistic menus and place cards, look no further than the bespoke ones Fee Greening designed for her Easter table, laden with locally-sourced flowers, OKA tableware and hand-painted eggs. 

We asked Fee to share the inspiration behind her arrangement and how she brings creativity to the table.

“I can assure you that you won’t be finding me writing name places and menus at every meal, I’m far too lazy. But if there has ever been a year to celebrate seeing friends and family, it’s this one. I think a beautiful menu or place setting can really lend some magic to an occasion and make it more memorable. With name places, I try and think of symbolic motifs that will become a treasured keepsake, something I can imagine my guests using as a bookmark or tucked into a mirror frame back home,” she says.

Her hand-drawn insects nod to the critters found in her country garden. “I’m usually drawn to high-pigment colors found in nature: earthy browns, the terracotta of a moth, olive greens. The yellow table cloth reminds me of that almost fluorescent lichen you see on bark or a caterpillar, it’s very cheery. I picked up some duck eggs from our local farm shop and thought it would be fun to decorate them with wild orchids and ladybugs, I love how they pop out from the yellow,” she adds.

Fee is drawn to tables that “feel a bit thrown together” as everything “feels more relaxed this way and has a romantic charm.”

She also looks to nearby woodlands for unusual decorations and table centerpieces. One of her go-to shrubs is gorse: “I love the combination of its jolly yellow flowers and lethal spikes, I think it sits beautifully in the cabbage vase.”

What’s your Easter weekend looking like?

If you don’t feel up to organizing an event, now is the perfect time to tackle some of the tasks on your to-do list. Painting outdoor furniture: check; having a much-needed wardrobe clear-out: check; hanging your prints and pictures: done. What if you have finished all your chores? Well, in that case, you have a few glorious days to embark on a movie marathon, challenge someone to an epic game of Monopoly (either online or in-person), listen to a new podcast or have a low-key egg decorating session. There’s no time like the present to try yoga, baking, mindful coloring, knitting or any other activity that has an equally soothing effect.

Spend your downtime calling or Skyping your family and friends. Depending on your pastimes and interests, you could host a virtual draw-along, a themed trivia game or even a karaoke night. Virtual potlucks are also popular, as they offer a glimpse at the creations everyone else has been cooking up.  

The Easter holiday will likely be one of the calmer celebrations of the year, so take advantage of the tranquility before a plan-packed summer. Relax with a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle or try your hand at a virtual pottery class.

What’s on their wish list?

If you’re in a generous mood (or the urge to treat yourself strikes), why not stock up on a few unique Easter gifts? Would your friends and family appreciate some new tableware? A vase for their spring blooms? Or something to brighten their home? Alternatively, if you have children—or very enthusiastic roommates—consider buying chocolate Easter eggs and organizing a treasure hunt or egg roll in your house or yard.

Photography: Tom Griffiths

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