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Easter dinner is rapidly approaching. If you are like me you prepare to set the table and then you wonder what in the world you will use as a centerpiece.  I decided to research some ideas for my own table and then show you what I find and what I decide to do at the end of this process.  The ideas range from those that are very little work and that use things you probably have around the house to ones that will take more effort and more expense.

Here is a pretty one that can use flowers from your yard or the market or floral shop.  The question is, how do you keep the peeps and the jelly beans from getting wet and turning into a sticky mess?

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Here is how…

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Easy!  Put a vase within a vase and add the water and flowers to the inner vase.  Arrange the candy on the outside of the inner vase.  This will work for most anything you might want to add to a clear vase.  It is a good idea to have a large square or round vase in your “prop” closet.  The same idea works for the flower arrangement just below.  The flowers are in an inner vase and the eggs are laid around it.

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This fresh and pretty arrangement can be made with one trip to the produce section of your grocery store.  Buy whole carrots and some white mums.  Add a vase and water and you have an arrangement that will generate conversation.  Plus, you can eat the carrots later.  Maybe you would like a less formal arrangement?  Just add the carrots to the vase and leave the leafy tops. Peter Rabbit would be proud. I think that this would be a great idea for a side table or on the counter in the kitchen.  Children should love this one.

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If you have a cake plate, then take it out of hiding and sit chocolate rabbits on the top.  Add some Easter grass or moss around them at the bottom and you have a sculptural display that can also be divided up and given to the guests afterward.  You could also put one chocolate rabbit on a beautiful saucer and put it on an end table or the kitchen counter.  Add some pretty ribbons arouind the necks of the chocolate rabbits.  I think that this display would look pretty with some pansies or violets in pretty pots sitting on the table next to the cake plate.  Some chocolate brown candles in pretty candle sticks would look nice, too.

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I just love the table centerpiece below because of the religious significance.  It would be wonderful to make this with a child.  Plant the wheat grass in the saucer amongst rocks and a terra cotta flower pot laid on its side. Make three crosses out of twigs and twine.

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You might find some artificial grass or plant some in a small flower pot and make this display below.  The “ingredients” would be a clear glass compote, grass, Spanish moss, a ribbon, and some colored eggs.

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The lovely tower of eggs below is from the web site, “Dear Lillie.”  If you are really crafty, you can make this one by gluing decorated eggs to a styrofoam base and adding moss and vine at the end.  The eggs could be colored or white.  Use a cake decorating kit to make the designs and then spray paint the egg with a white spray paint.

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Save the egg cartons and for that matter, save the shells from eggs that you put into  omelets and cakes and cookies.  Be careful to make a hole only at the top and rinse out the eggs.  Then, put them back into the egg carton and add water and flowers to the twelve little egg vases.  This would make a sweet centerpiece for the breakfast table.  Children should love to make this with you!

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For the next arrangement, you would need to purchase a form from a gift shop.  Or, you could stack cake plates of graduated size.  What I love is that the designer added moss and then shallots or onions and maybe those are brussel sprouts?  The color is so nice and the arrangment is very fresh…also edible!

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Pottery Barn is trying to sell lots of rabbits.  If your budget allows, these cherry blossoms and rabbits and hanging white eggs with letters on them make for quite a spectacular arrangement.

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I am a lover of the cloche…and I don’t mean a hat.  A garden cloche is usually a bell shaped piece of glass, sometimes called a bell jar, used to protect seedlings and young plants from the cold.

But, when you clean it up, you can put beautiful things underneath it in the house.  I am definitely going to try to find a little chick to reproduce this next arrangement.  Use 2 pretty cups, a dessert plate and a saucer, a chick, and some Easter grass.  Just so cute. Don’t forget to tie a beautiful satin ribbon to the top.

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Our friends the eggs look great in a nest that is sitting on top of a cake plate.  I have seen all kinds of nests in the stores, or you could make your own from some raffia.  It would be charming to make one small one for each place setting.  Put an egg in each with the name of the guest who is to sit there.

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Several months ago, I found this next photo of eggs covered in chalk board paint.  Then, the name of the guest was written on it with chalk….so cute.  I have some sherbet glasses that would serve as a holder for the eggs and the only other thing I would need is some moss.  I think that it would be nice to hand form a “nest” out of the moss and dispense with the glass and just sit the nest above the plate.

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I don’t have any egg cups.  But maybe you do!  Knock off the top of the shell and make a little arrangement in each cup. Is it too early for lillies of the valley?

Some galvanized pails and some moss and little birds and a few quail’s eggs could be grouped down the center of your table.

I would love to find some pussy willows…think that I should go to a flower shop and buy some.  Look at this great teepee made out of pussy willows.  Grass and eggs are at the base.  It may be too tall for the table or maybe guests can see through it.  What do you think?

Of course the butterfly is a symbol for rebirth. These nests would not be hard to make.  Add some twigs and a few eggs.  You could go large or small with jelly beans inside.

It doesn’t get any better than a table full of hiacynths, or lilacs.  Actually, you could use any kind of flower to get this look.  Just use the same flower.

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Busy?  Buy several dozen tulips and put them in a clear vase.  I like the glass bottles with straws.  May try this with some green glass bottles and straws.  I think our granddaughter would like this.

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If you can buy lots of flowers you can put them in a container and then drop it down inside of a nest.  Spectacular!

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Here is the nest with flowers idea used multiple times down the center of the table.  Also, take note of the nest with some colored eggs…maybe a twig of forsythia would be pretty added to the nest.

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So, all of this got my creative juices going.  I grabbed a fern wreath from storage in the garage and added a wooden rabbit to the center. He is sitting on a candle stand to make him just a little taller.  Here he is on the porch table.

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Then, I got to thinking that maybe I should bring it into the house and add some flowers and perhaps use it as the table centerpiece.  So, I carried it into the house and played with it, added some dishes and crystal and here is what I got.

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…and finally, there will be two family members at our table who have never been to Easter dinner at our home before.  We think that they are really special.  May I introduce Simon and Tabitha.  Here is Simon Barer wearing his bear hat.

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…and may I introduce Simon’s sister, Tabitha Barer.  They will be coming to visit us for Easter along with their Mommy and Daddy. I will not produce a blog while they are here, but I should have some Taba and Simon tales when they leave.

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Happy Easter!  Create and be happy.

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