Happy Easter long weekend to everyone celebrating the holiday! Easter always brings fuzzy, warm memories. From hunting for Easter eggs with my sister to the smell of my mother’s delicious paska (Russian Easter bread) wafting through out the house. The holiday also signals the return of spring, and I always look forward to celebrating it.
It’s a great opportunity for families to get together, or for you to get creative, so I wanted to share a few Easter decorating ideas courtesy of Evite.
This year, I’ve seen a lot of metallic finishes on Easter eggs, from marbleized metallic nail polish to gold leaf. This trend also works on your digits, so this Easter, you can match your eggs to your manicure! Pick up a gold leaf kit at a crafts store and follow the directions. Or for marble nails, grab a pot of water, dip a couple drops of your favourite metallic polish, then a couple drops of another colour and use a toothpick to swirl the colours together. Prep your cuticles with either tape or vaseline (to prevent nail polish from staining your cuticles) and dip your nail bed into the swirl of colour for a few seconds. Remove the nail and let dry, and seal with a top coat.
Temporary tattoos are a super easy way to decorate eggs. You can colour them first (I love using neon food colouring and dipping them in for a few seconds to get pretty pastels) and then put on your favourite temporary tattoo, exactly like you would on normal skin. I love the look of dainty black tattoos or lace. If you don’t want to dye eggs, but still want to decorate them, this is a great option too! I had fun using Tinkerbell tattoos and edgy black designs.
Lastly, a chalk pen or chalk paint used to create thin line work or words on eggs look rustic and chic. How cute would this be to mark guest’s place settings?
For entertaining, I love the idea of decorating a simple glass flower vase with jelly beans or mini eggs for that extra wow factor! I also like this mini sandwich spread, which is great all summer long. I am now on the hunt for mini terracotta pots to serve veggies in! I love that guests can take the pots home to use for terrariums or seedlings.
I also had a chance to chat with Jessica Bailey, Evite’s party stylist about what party and entertaining trends are heating up as the weather does too.
What trends in party decor are you seeing this spring?
JB: We are seeing a lot of spring fashion trends dictating decor, for example pastels and metallics are a big trend! Also prints, like stripes, mixed with florals. Also this spring, Pantone colours are pastels mixed in with a lot of earthy tones, so we are seeing a lot of eclectic looks in decor – think natural wood, with metallics, and a vibrant patterned table cloth or napkins. Other decor trends on the rise are painted balloons. Filling the ceiling with metallic paint brushed balloons has celebration written all over it, and it’s a big impact decor piece that won’t break the bank!
How is party decor getting influenced by fashion trends?
JB: I’ve also been seeing a lot of glitz and sparkle on the runways, and that is translating into decor with sequin table linens, glitter dipped vases, cups, and other decor pieces.
What tips do you have for pulling together a party or event on a very small budget?
JB: Work with what you have, and don’t be afraid to delegate or ask friends for help! If you’re hosting a friend’s birthday at your place on a shoestring budget, delegate aspects of the party to different friends. For example, ask a friend to host the bar and come up with a specialty cocktail perfect for the guest of honour! And never underestimate the statement balloons make – it says instant party and is very cost-effective.
Also, a cohesive colour palette can make a party look extremely nice even if you didn’t spend much. For example, if you’re throwing a “Golden Birthday” for a friend, buy decor pieces (i.e vases, glassware, faux flowers, etc.) from the dollar store and spray paint everything with metallic gold spray paint! And disposable tableware in metallics creates an elevated look, with little cost.
Another tip for hosting on a small budget is to create a fun playlist of your favourite songs! Music is vital at any party! It creates a nice ambience, and helps put guests at ease from the second they arrive.
The most important part of entertaining is having fun with the people there, so be thoughtful about the guest list, and make sure to relax and enjoy time with your guests!
Lastly… do you have any tips for Mother’s Day around the corner?
JB: We are loving casual picnics for celebrating your moms! Sunny days are quickly becoming the norm here in LA, so putting together a picnic and enjoying some sunshine sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Mom!
Images courtesy of Evite.