Easter is one of our favourite times of the year, spring is quite literally, springing up around us. Crocuses are popping up from the soil, muscari is on it's way, daffodil's flood the verges of country roads and buds are sprouting from every branch. Soon (we hope) warm, longer, sunny days will be here too.
As Easter is an early one this year (9th April as a heads up) we have started thinking and planning out our Easter displays and tablescapes. Here at DS we have been diving in boxes, rummaging through shelves and foraging for spring branches in our gardens and hedgerows in order to create a tablescape you would happy to invite the Easter bunny to.
Start by scattering our egg and bunny candles (complimentary colours of course) down the centre of the table, stick to odd numbers and play with scale as you go. Add our pewter plates or vintage metal moulds under the candles and decorate with real eggs (if no small people will be at the table that is) or you could use our wooden eggs. The more texture the better in our book.
We like to think of ourselves as the kings and queens of bud vases. Nestle these in between the egg candles and fill with sprigs of foraged greenery snipped at different heights. We used everyone's favourite, catkins, and for a pop of colour, bright yellow daffodils.
A new product for us at DS that we are all really excited about are our hand crafted from acrylic, G.F.Heim Sohne spoons. Made in Germany since 1940, our egg spoons come in an array of colours and are almost too cute to use. Mix or match to create your own unique set, we went with tortoiseshell, peach and vanilla as we felt these complimented the pastel and speckled tones of the candles best. Try our acrylic egg cup, or stay on brief and use our wooden egg cups. They are the perfect understated item, letting the spoons and candles take centre stage.
Of course we are big fans of our Pearl White tableware collection, inspired by the richness of 18th and 19th Century European ceramics they have been re-imagined for modern dining. Layer up the ceramics with mismatched pastel mugs, ribbed water glasses and vintage cutlery for an understated, tonal look.
If a boiled egg doesn't quite cut the mustard on Easter morning (and lets be honest we all need some chocolate at Easter) our Chocolate Detective eggs which are truly THE most beautiful looking chocolate eggs around (sorry mini eggs) will most definitely do the job. Choose from Quail salted caramel ganache eggs, Blackbird praline eggs or Cuckoo eggs which are a mix of the two. You can't go wrong when they look this good and taste delicious as well.
Finally grab yourself a box of matches, put the kettle on, visit the chicken coop (or the shelves of your local supermarket/farm shop) and soak up your finished Easter table before your friends and family descend for a hopping good time.