It feels more as Christmas will arrive instead of Easter, with the snow storms of the last days in Bucharest. So maybe it feels strange to start making some Easter preparations.
Soon spring will arrive and pastels will color our house and bring in the Easter mood. Yellow and green are, in a way, the classical colors for Easter, same as red and green are typical for Christmas. But there are so many options these days that we really can personalize the Easter decoration so it fits perfectly our home and our personality. I think pastel tones can just be perfect: they announce spring, they give a fresh note to our interior after the long and dark winter months. Blossoms, small candles, branches and flowers will give our home a poetic touch.
It is nice to do for Easter some projects together with the kids, making your own Easter decoration can be really fun and done without spending a lot of money. Take out some white and colored papers and get started. Don't you think those dotted eggs look amazing? The branches with the colored feathers look as they can take off with the wind any moment. If you put some eggs on the menu for the next days and you still have time to make your candles.
In a lot of cultures the week, or weeks, before Easter are dedicated to the spring cleaning. The house will smell fresh, all the dust collected over winter will be gone. Maybe still time to put up some new wallpaper. Spring will bring us in the mood for flowers and fragile painted porcelain will fit perfectly the Easter table.
If pastels are not for you, green and yellow is to bright as a choice than why not stay with neutral tones to create a timeless and very refined decor. Natural linen, white cotton, felt, and branches are all you need. But no Easter without a bunny. Cut in felt and used to decorate some branches, or as an inspiration to make a table decoration with just a napkin holding an egg.
Let nature inspire you, get out for a walk and come home with some small branches to make a nest for the egg. Welcome your guests with a homemade Easter wreath which decorates the entrance door.
Some cultures know how to celebrate in style. Celebrating Easter is very important in Romania, people start preparing well in time with decorating and painting the eggs. They will wear the traditional costumes and go to church on Saturday evening, at midnight they have the tradition to light a candle, walk 3 times around the church and take the Holy light with them home.
Also dyeing the eggs with plants is still very popular in Romania, I was into making some test last weekend during the Hygge weekend workshop and the result was quite amazing. I studied different websites and made several tests. The best result I obtained as follow: I boiled the vegetables for at least 1/2 an hour to an hour to make the liquid as concentrated as possible. In the mean time wash the eggs with some soap and boil them for 10 minutes in boiling water. Once you think the liquid is concentrated enough you pour it through a sieve in a container and add the eggs. I let the eggs soak over night and the result was very colorful. You can still finish it with rubbing some oil on the eggs to make them more shiny.
Cabbage for the bleu eggs, turmeric will make the bright yellow, blue berries for a dark blue, the dry skin of red onions for a red tone, hibiscus will make your eggs almost black. Try also the dry skin of the yellow eggs, beetroot, spinach.
so how to decorate your home for Easter:
- start dyeing and painting some eggs
- bring in flowers
- pastels are a very good option
- don't forget the bunny, as decoration, could even be biscuits, or as inspiration for the the napkins
- stay with neutrals if color is not your thing, you should feel good in your own home
- don't forget your tradition
- the kids will have holiday, do some crafts with them, they will love it and your home get a very personal touch
And ready you are, Easter celebration can start.
wish you a peaceful time, enjoy Easter with family and friends.