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Color Leads the Way
Matthew Mead
Color Leads the Way
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I love colorful things and I really love letting a single color lead the way.  This year my spring entertaining is inspired by pink blooming apple blossoms.  You can force your own branches by cutting and placing in water, then use that inspiration to set your theme and arrange your dining table.

 

Pink plates with an apple blossom motif set the scene at each place setting.  Find plates at thrift shops and mix and match, or use white plates topped with a glass plate with a patterned blossom gift wrap or wall paper underneath to achieve the same look. 

I found pink metal spoons at a discount store and used old hand written letters at each place setting to bring attention to the flatware.

Inspired by the apple blossom theme, I created cake toppers–simply draw a motif on paper, copy it on a printer, cut it out, and tape to a tooth pick.  I put these cake toppers on rich chocolate brownies with pink icing.

 Fill tiny ceramic baskets with moss and clover to create spring favors for each place setting.

Fun lollipops can make sweet and sentimental gifts for the littlest guests. I wrapped them with ribbon and vintage-like silk flowers to give them extra pizzazz.

Use colorful floral foil wrap, which you can find at a cake decorating store, to make foil-wrapped eggs in pink and silver.  I like to pile them in bowls and use chargers with natural accents, like ferns and acorns, to make instant tableaus to place all over the house. Fill glass jars with foil eggs to decorate!

Many times if I can’t make everything myself I focus on hunting and gathering… just like an Easter egg hunt, and rely on local purveyors who have specialty items like cookies, foil wrapped candies, and small packages of prettily packaged sweets. These help to fill Easter baskets last minute and can be used for additional favors on the table.

If you can clip flowers from the yard, these make the best filler for around the house…even if you end up with lot of twigs sprouting from glass cylinders and vases.  These add interest and bring a spring feel to entry ways and side tables.

You can replicate similar looks with color other ways. Single color scenarios like blue, lavender, green, or yellow all make wonderful shades to create a spectacular Easter table.  It’s actually fun to go through your collections and pull together all of your single-colored items and match them with plants and flowers that will complete the look. 

Focusing on color for entertaining is a very easy way to pull together a designer look quickly and will really amaze your friends and family.

What color palette will you choose this Easter?

- Matthew

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