This year when YOUR Williamson magazine asked me to design an Easter table for their April issue I was thrilled because I adore Easter! I totally have my grandmother to blame … it’s her favorite too. Growing up, I remember Easter Egg hunts in her Williamsburg boxwood garden, beautiful Easter dresses (one year I even wore a matching hat), family photos and lunch after church around her long dinning room table.


I took the traditional Easter Egg Hunt as inspiration for this Easter brunch table setting. To me, Easter is children filling baskets with candy-filled, pastel-colored eggs hidden in the yard. It’s hand painted Easter eggs and a time for family to come together to celebrate the fresh beginning that Spring always brings. The weather is getting warmer, the nights longer and the trees and flowers are blooming everywhere. What’s not to love!?


This Easter table is full of color and the joys of an Easter egg hunt. Jars of candy, hand painted eggs and flower arrangements straight from the yard give it a fun loving childhood allure with all the etiquette of an adult brunch. I love the bunnies that my mom and I have collected over the years. Some are covered in a metallic foil, making it look like actual giant chocolate bunnies. They carry baskets on their backs full of eggs like they too are on an Easter egg hunt through the garden.


I grew wheat grass in glass containers and votive candle holders to place at each seat to resemble the lawn and arranged tulips and daffodils amongst the grass to mimic the bulbs growing in my yard. Tuck in a few speckled eggs and you’ve brought the Easter egg hunt from your lawn to your brunch table. Check out my post on how to grow wheat grass HERE.


My grandmother had a beautiful collection of Easter eggs that she handed down to me. I try to add new hand painted eggs to it every year. It is go fun to get them out (kind of like unwrapping Christmas ornaments to decorate the tree) and remembering each year.


I thought it would be cute to carry the Easter basket theme into dessert with little individual fruit tarts. I simply braided pie dough, baked it into an arch and attached it to the tart as a basket handle. Served on pink depression glass and dusted in powdered sugar, it’s a treat everyone is sure to enjoy.


It would be so fun to have an Easter Egg decorating party and then a lunch afterward. You could have everyone paint their own eggs and display them on the table at each place setting (so … secretly you’ve tricked your guests into decorating your table). Or you could go ahead and paint names on dyed eggs as place cards.


Now that Spring has officially sprung, I can’t wait for the annual Easter Egg Hunt that brings the family together as a reminder of rebirth and new life! Happy Easter!
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