Celebrating Easter in style

With Easter around the corner and everybody scrambling for quick ideas, we thought we’d give you a nudge in the right direction. Apart from the religious significance of Easter, it’s a little bit like Christmas in that everybody-regardless of colour or creed-enjoys its festivities. We are all equally familiar with the slippery slope following the first chocolate coated marshmallow weeks before Easter. And of course being South Africans with a penchant for all things delicious, we simply cannot go without traditional Easter dishes.

Below we drew inspiration from our Trends and Ideas issues to help you create a contemporary Easter without losing all the significant traditional elements that make Easter what it is. We’ve also asked some of the country’s most stylish for their advice on throwing a chic Easter affair. Whether it be to add something special to your tablescape, shake things up or treat your green-thumb neighbour to a special Easter treat, there’s a little something for everyone.

Gold & Copper:

The foil egg grows up. What better way to interpret this growing trend than to modernise the concept of often tacky foil eggs and décor? A beautiful paired-down alternative to the traditional kaleidoscope of colours. To find out how to create and apply your own designs, click here.

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Gold leaf Bunny eggs / Gold confetti-dipped blush eggs

Marble, Pastels & Ombre:

These are two of the most versatile trends around. These marbled eggs are playful yet classy. The colour washed tray of hardboiled eggs is a practical, fun play on both the pastel and ombré trends as well as being the fastest and simplest splash of colour at an Easter weekend breakfast with the family. Feeding an army stylishly doesn’t need to be complex!

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Two-toned marble & copper eggs / Blue ombre egg tray

Black & White:

Monochrome is the simplest of trends and one that never really dies. These scripty eggs are a guaranteed way of getting everybody-old and young-involved in the Easter festivities. It’s inexpensive and only takes a few minutes to do. The kids will enjoy scribbling, the teens will show off their favourite doodles or lyrics and the adults are likely to add a dash of philosophy.

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Black & White scribbled eggs / Scripty eggs

Greenery:

Plants and flowers are trendier than ever. Apart from their beauty, horticulture has become an actual culture. City farms, rooftop gardens and vertical herb gardens are popping up everywhere. There is an enormous focus on and awareness around fresh living. Gone are the days of formal arrangements from the old fashioned florist, now it is all about natural, wild and quirky arrangements. Pairing the unexpected, single buds in an assortment of bud vases arranged loosely down the centre of a table, bunches of wild flowers in brown paper scattered on flatwear and miniture herb planters as place settings-the options are truly endless.

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Belljar display / Mini planter place-settings

The Experts Weigh In

The Easter Table 
Michael Chandler, of Chandler House in Cape Town, advises to embrace the story behind the holiday. “Easter is a Christian holiday that has its roots in the Pagan fertility celebrations, so let this lead you. Use small, rounded fruits, warm-coloured flowers and eggs as table decoration by scattering them liberally around the dinner plates and dishes. Make wreath-nests from ivy (strip off the leaves so that you have long vines which are easier to shape) and centre them on people’s plates. In the centre of each wreath put a white-chocolate egg with each person’s name written on it in food colouring.”

 

Breakfast is the most important meal

Local designer Dylan Thomaz shared his perfect Easter with us, and that it starts off with breakfast. ‘We will have a family breakfast followed by an exciting Easter egg hunt for the inner child in me.” And what’s on the menu? The Thomaz family stick to a winning formula with Woolies have the most delicious chocolate chip hot cross buns, toasted with proper butter and grated mature cheddar cheese. The finishing touch he says? “This would not be complete without pear mimosas.”

 

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