Easter is usually one of my favourite times of the year, but this year feels strange and surreal (and a bit sad if I’m honest). Despite the strange Coronavirus times we find ourselves in, I still want to make the best of a bad situation, so setting our table for Easter, and spending time as a family, is still a priority. Only this year we’re opting for a very simple Easter table, unlike our Easter table last year which you can see here.
There’s just the 4 of us, which makes creating a simple table pretty easy. Beautiful table linens and ceramics, simple flowers, candles, chocolate, tea for the morning, wine at lunch, and of course hot cross buns all day! With everything that’s going on right now in the world, it’s hard to feel in the usual celebratory mood but even small things that bring joy can really lift spirits. Although we can’t be with our full family this year, more than ever I’m just grateful for what we DO have; love, family, our health, a roof over our heads, and food on our table.
Breakfast will consist of pancakes (my kids favourite), warm hot cross buns (from Harris Farm and Moonacres), coffee and chocolate. Our Easter lunch/dinner will probably consist of a simple bowl of pasta and wine. Since we don’t currently have a kitchen, I’m happy to keep things simple in the cooking department too!
I love using the Pottery Barn bunny bowls that I got last year as they are a sweet little nod to the Easter bunny, without being too chintzy. I also LOVE my simple glass candle stick bases from Suzie Anderson Home. Totally inexpensive and there’s something so elegant about a long tall taper candle and the beautiful warm glow it emits.
A bowl of fresh eggs sit in one of my favourite handmade ceramic bowls, made by a friend of mine who does the most beautiful ceramics, Ali F Made It. I also love my new jug from Hunt & Gatherer Collections in Moss Vale. I bought this recently after I smashed 2 of my gravy jugs in the house move. This one is large enough for juice, gravy, or sauce, but also looks pretty all on it’s own.
This gorgeous little speckled duck egg blue bowl was from Hunt & Gatherer Collections and I love it. Reminds me of a beautiful Easter egg. Perfect little dish for so many uses. The thin stripe linen napkins are also from Hunt & Gatherer. Our cutlery are all Laguiole and my favourite handmade smoke wine glasses from Williams Sonoma.
I am conscious that there are many people suffering and doing it very tough right now, and while it helps us mentally and emotionally to switch off from what’s going on, celebrations will be more subdued this Easter. If anything, I think the true meaning of Easter is amplified this year. It really is all about the simple things in life. Family, good health, slowing down and being grateful for what we have. That’s definitely the silver lining for me in all of this.
I wish you all a safe, happy and relaxing Easter and hope all of you continue to stay home, stay healthy, keep washing those hands, and enjoy some quiet time with the people you love the most.