15 ways to decorate your kitchen for Easter entertaining

Sarah with tall candle

Have you noticed how much Easter decorations have evolved in recent years? Stylish tablescapes, themed settings and special recipes have always taken centre stage at Christmas. But now they are increasingly the norm at Easter, too. It’s a development I wholeheartedly approve of. I absolutely love entertaining friends and family all year round – but Easter is always special. Not only does it give me the chance to be more colourful in my kitchen with my Easter decor, but it’s also a great time to enjoy all of those chocolate eggs, too.

Easter lunch tablescape
From fresh flowers to Easter wreaths on the table, check out my Easter decoration ideas for your table design for this special event

Stress less

For starters, unlike the festive season, at Easter there’s so much less stress and expectation, and no endless gift shopping. Next, I always associate Easter with spring, sunshine and – finally – the end of a cold, dark winter. Best of all, eating lots of chocolate is practically the law. Seriously, what’s not to like?

Easter wreath on a dining table
If you’re looking for Easter decorating ideas, why not include an Easter wreath in your table decor. My table centrepiece from Lights4Fun, £20.99 in the sale, features coloured eggs with floral wire and sprigs of spring flowering branches. Here, I simply added a pillar candle to complete the look

Easter decorating ideas

If you’ve never fully embraced the idea of Easter decorations, don’t panic. The shops are bursting with Easter decorating ideas, and I’ve been experimenting with lots of Easter table design options. A few little tweaks here and there can make such a big difference when you’re entertaining. And a lot of the time you can adapt what you already have. So be ready to get creative, and read on for my top tips on how to style your home for Easter.

Designing the table for Easter Sunday
I have designed this tablescape to be versatile enough to take you through from the big lunch to Easter dinner

Keeps things cosy

The first thing I always do when I entertain is set the scene in terms of heating and lighting. You don’t want your guests to be too busy shivering to notice your Easter decorations, or to be blinded by any early-season sun.

Celebrate Easter in style with a dedicated tablescape
Warm up your dining room table area with a cosy throw featuring spring decor colours. I love my National Trust Fishbone Stripe Flora Throw, £48, which is made from pure new wool and it’s incredibly soft

I do most of my hosting in my open-plan kitchen extension. This was a major project involving the complete reconfiguration of our ground floor. We had to knock down walls and add new windows which was disruptive and expensive, but 100% worth it.

Easter decorating with the perfect backdrops

Easter decorating in my home with Hillarys INTU blinds closed
If the sunshine gets too much, I can close my Hillarys’ INTU® blinds. These also provide a cosy addition to my entertaining area later on when nighttime falls, and have transformed my living area in my kitchen

More recently I’ve introduced Hillarys INTU®Micro blinds to this space. They’re super slimline and made especially for bi-fold doors, so you can open and close your doors freely whether they are drawn or not. There’s no drilling involved to install them, and you just use the tab along the bottom to lift and close them. These have transformed my open-plan kitchen already, especially when it’s chilly in the evenings. This is thanks to their specialist fabric and honeycomb design, which have been designed to retain heat.

Easter decorating ideas in kitchen with Hillarys INTU blinds
 My new Hillarys’ INTU® Micro blinds add the perfect backdrop to my spring table. Designed specifically for bi-fold doors, they are fitted within the frame of the glass. This makes opening and closing the doors an absolute breeze. I chose Ivory for my preferred colour-way and I can adjust my blinds to bring in and block out all the spring sunshine

Style and versatility

Duette partially opened blinds in my open-plan kitchen
A perfect way in which to take off any glare from the sun is with my Hillarys’ electric blinds. I operate these with my handy remote control, but I could also use my phone app or Alexa. These have provided the perfect background to my colourful Easter decor in a neutral shade called Dolphin

I’ve paired these with Hillarys Duette® Dolphin blinds for my roof glazing. They are so easy to use! I just click a button on my remote control or use my SOMFY app to either shade my space from over-heating when it’s sunny, or shut out the chill when it’s colder. Both blind designs have the clever honeycomb structure that traps a layer of air, to maintain the room’s temperature. Brilliant if you’re trying to save energy – and money on your utility bills!

Duette electric blinds
I can close my Hillarys’ Duette® electric blinds for privacy when entertaining guests on Easter Sunday

Colour choices

For my bi-folds I chose Micro Infusion Ivory, a really versatile neutral, to soften the look and create a cool, calm ambience. For my roof glazing, I opted for Silk Dolphin. This aqua-grey shade works with both warm and cool colour palettes and it’s easy to enhance with different accessories.

Dyed eggs for Easter decorating and spring blooms on Easter tablescape
My Easter decoration ideas range from colourful real or faux flowers and candles, ranging from tall versions down to votive candles to add more interest to my dining table. My Hillarys’ Duette blinds above are so unobtrusive, you can barely see them when they are fully open

Dress to impress

easter décor: Easter decoration with colored eggs, a cake stand and simnel cake
I began my tablescape with a crisp, white Mikado tablecloth from The Fine Cotton Company. In a 220gsm plain weave, this design is machine washable with a super-soft, hotel-quality finish. I chose dusky pink napkins which I folded and added some finishing touches for a more festive design

My Easter table plays a key role within my Easter decorating ideas. And my starting point is always dressing it with good quality table linen, as it’s the backdrop for everything that comes after. I suggest you consider a couple of options for your tablescape – either a crisp, white tablecloth with pink napkins or you could layer the look with a white and gold combo. Here, I’ve used Mikado tablecloths and napkins from The Fine Cotton company and I can give you an idea of the sort of look you can achieve with both.

Spring table with dyed eggs and gold and white tablecloths adding different shades of colour
If you prefer to celebrate Easter in style and add more colour to your table, you can’t go wrong with layering your look. Here, I have topped this white Mikado tablecloth with a gold version, both from The Fine Cotton Company, which have instantly added depth to my design. You can then spend less time on your accessories for a ‘less is more’ approach as you can see here

Layering your look for Easter

I love the contrast and textured layering the above look provides. Many people associate Easter with yellow, however I feel that gold or a more mustard colour looks more sophisticated when it comes to your dining table backdrop. And you can avoid overwhelm with your Easter decorations – and Easter table – too by choosing tonal variations, accessorised by metallic accents.

 Easter table options

I must say I’ve been really impressed with this table linen collection. There are eight different tablecloth options – plus matching napkins – in dusky pink, grey or white. So whatever size and shape your table is, there’s sure to be something that suits. The quality is fantastic (220gsm plain weave is top-quality restaurant and hotel standard). But best of all, everything is machine washable and looks as good as new after each outing. So you can use it regularly, not just for Easter decoration, without worrying about wear and tear.

An easter bunny napkin decorating each place setting at this Easter table
 Check out the Easter bunny napkins I created to make my Easter decorating more fun. Bunnies are a great way to add more interest to your Easter table settings and you can find out more about these further down

The personal touch

You could really elevate your Easter table by having your napkins embroidered using The Fine Cotton Company’s personalisation service. Adding a guest’s name, initials, or even a short message would certainly add a more personal touch and boutique hotel-style flair to your Easter table. It’s definitely something I’m considering for the future.

Funny bunnies

If you’re as busy as I am, you won’t have time to spend hours slaving over home-made Easter decorations. The good news is, you don’t have to! I bought my Easter door wreath a few years ago and it’s still going strong. But there are plenty of quick wins to try if you’re feeling crafty, and often there are no extra purchases necessary. For example, I’m going to add some fun to my place settings by making Easter bunny ‘napkin ears. Bunnies are super cute for Easter and throughout spring. So this is a great excuse to add some fun to your dining table all season long.

Flatlay of easter bunny in the form of a napkin
I made these bunny ears and face with a napkin for a fun addition to my Easter tablescape. This Easter bunny has a button for its nose and I tied six pieces of string together to create the whiskers. I added these to my carefully folded napkin with a safety pin to complete the look

Decorating ideas with Easter eggs

Empty egg cartons are good for decorative eggs
Whether you choose hanging eggs for your tree or you prefer decorative eggs which you can add to an old egg carton, you can easily create a more festive room for Easter celebrations with friends and family. Pretty florals in pastel shades can work wonders for Easter decorations. Here I chose fresh flowers in a basket from M&S to complete the look

I’m a huge fan of chocolate eggs (and regular) in terms of recipes, but they make brilliant Easter decorations too. I love Easter trees so I’ve dressed mine with some colourful egg-shaped baubles. And I’ll also add pretty foil-wrapped Easter eggs to make my Easter table ‘pop’ with instant impact and interest. However, I would suggest you don’t buy these too early or you may find that you’ll eat them way before Easter arrives! I’ve already bought three packs, which disappeared in a jiffy (I only have myself to blame as I love a chocolate Easter egg or five). So now I’m going to wait to buy any edible egg decorations till a few days before family are due to arrive. Hopefully, this way, they may last longer…

How to make table settings pop

Faux pastel eggs make a lovely centrepiece, especially around a pillar candle. This one has been made with decorative eggs and is actually a wreath that you can hang on your front door. I love pretty pastels as these are such a lovely way to brighten any room. And, because you can never have too many candles, I’ll be adding some bright stripy ones, sourced from my fabulous local farm shop, to my Easter tablescape too.

easter eggs and decorations
Make Easter feel instantly more special with a colourful palette from pretty Easter eggs on a table centrepiece to striped candles for pleasing colour pops

Keep things colourful

Colourful crockery and glassware always looks appealing against a crisp white or pastel pink tablecloth. I like to mix and match different designs for a vintage chic feel when it comes to Easter decoration. And because I love a sweet treat I will add some hot cross buns to my Easter table. There are so many different flavours to choose from these days – I sourced these from M&S, which range from Bramley Apple to Extremely Chocolatey. The choice is yours!

Hot cross buns for Easter treats
 Truth be told, I’m rather partial to a Lindt chocolate bunny or three for Easter and beyond however hot cross buns are a must too. I love all of the different flavours, which are available, so you’re bound to find one to suit your tastebuds and your celebrations

You could also use a marble cheeseboard or even a Lazy Susan for an Easter table centrepiece. I’ll be displaying a traditional Simnel cake on mine, flanked by plus a vase filled with spring flowers, such as tulips or daffodils. If you have any jugs or baskets, you could even fill these with flowers, too. I’m a firm believer in ‘the more the merrier’ where floral Easter decorating ideas are concerned!

Sarah's tablescape for Easter
Add a serving platter to your table with a simnel cake for the perfect Easter treat. Try not to buy your foil-wrapped Easter eggs too early or you may find they’re dwindling by the time Easter comes – just look at what’s left of mine!

However you decide to entertain this Easter, I hope my table decorating tips will make you the host with the most so you can celebrate the long weekend in style.

AD: This blog is part of a paid-for collaboration with Hillarys, the curtain and blind specialist. I also showcase gifted products from The Fine Cotton Company and other brands mentioned on previous blogs