Bring in a little Spring for a simple Easter tablescape

When we bought an open concept house with no basement and no garage, we gave up a lot of storage space. Now everything from bike helmets to painting equipment has to be stashed somewhere under our roof, tucked out of sight.

It’s helped us to frequently reassess our material possessions and keeps us in check at garage sales. Maybe we can buy it, but can we realistically store our purchase? Most everything in our house has multipurpose uses and if it doesn’t get used in a season or two, it is given away.

Because of our storage limitations, I don’t own a lot of holiday decorations that only make an appearance once a year. I tend to decorate with customizable objects such as jars and candles, cloth and elements of nature. They can be switched up to suit the season, are easy to come by, and can be re-used throughout the rest of the year.

Today’s simple Easter tablescape is another example of the same.

A simple easter tablescape | Simple Bites

Spring has been taking her sweet time this year and on one recent snowy (yes, that is right) day, I paid a visit to a local nursery, more for my own sanity than anything else. I left with a few small potted plants, as a promise of the blooms to come, and they became the centerpiece for my Easter table. I won’t have to worry about storing them later, because they will go directly in the ground.

Tip 1: Buy a flowering centerpiece you can plant later or grow on a windowsill.

I could have clustered the plants on a pretty tea tray or tucked them into jars, but I slotted them into a vintage tool box that still boasted a little pale blue paint. It was a recent find at a little neighbourhood shop and has already been put to good use several times over.

A simple Easter tablescape | Simple Bites

The toolbox is one of those aforementioned purchases of versatile items. We use it as an art caddy, for jar storage, and in summer it will hold our backyard barbecue condiments.

Tip 2: Vintage doesn’t mean delicate; wooden boxes and crates are generally built to last and are useful for household storage.

The plates, glasses, linen and utensils on the table all came from my own collection. They see plenty of daily use.

The last touch was the easiest of all: a fresh brown egg nestled in a mini vintage jelly mold at each place setting. I probably could have made them more ‘nest-like’ (suggestions?) but I kept it simple.

Tip 3: Hand paint the names of guests on the eggs and use them as place cards.

I picked up a whole tin of the jelly molds for pocket change at another junk shop thinking they would make cute sand toys for Clara. Now I am seeing they have potential in the kitchen and around the home. Score!

Please, if you have a creative use for the molds, would you be so kind as to leave a comment? They are quite small, as you can see.

vintage jelly molds

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About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Gorgeous tablescape, and it gives me some great ideas for ours – thank you. I would have never thought about using an egg as a place setting.

    Could you use the molds as tiny planters for herbs for a spring dinner party and put one at each place setting? Jelly mould for kid treats? Freeze water + berries in it for decorative ice in a summer punch bowl?

  2. Beautiful table settings, love that you kept it all pretty naturals as for the little molds, not sure but they are beautiful in there own right, there must be something!~

  3. Your table is beautiful – I love the rustic wooden box!

  4. These would make pretty candles! I made some with chippy teacups and someone was worried I’d ruined the blue flow teacup, but the candle falls right out. Here’s how I did it..
    They would be pretty dotted around your Easter table:) and are wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day or teachers at the end of the year.
    Love your tablescape.. I brought some plants in as well, this snow (in Calgary) is so depressing but now at least it’s spring inside:)

  5. I think the only holiday for which I have ‘dedicated’ decorations is Christmas. The rest? Well, I’m just not a great decorator. 😀 I love those little jelly molds!

  6. Love simple design. This is exactly what my Easter potluck needs – brown eggs & jam jars! Yeah you did!

    I also have some of those molds as well. I’ve made little lemon olive oil cakes in them! I imagine panna cotta may look damn cool in those as well. I’m going to try that out.

    Happy Easter Aimee and fam!

  7. This table layout looks seriously beautiful and stunning! Perfect for Easter!

  8. This is so lovely Aimee! My favorite kind of holiday decor is always simple and inspired by nature – just like this. Perfect! Have a beautiful weekend!

  9. Aimée,
    Your table looks lovely, and thank you for the tips. I work in a thrift shop, and I am constantly bringing home things that catch my eye. Luckily, I’m often (though not constantly) bringing other things to the shop to sell!

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