25 Easter Ideas - To Upgrade Your At-Home Celebration

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Easter 2022 is just around the corner, and there is no finer opportunity this side of Christmas to bake, decorate, gather together, and eat otherworldly amounts of chocolate. We are taking a hopeful punt on fine weather to get outside for an Easter egg hunt, stocking up on meringue and whipping cream ready for some showstoppers, and gathering branches and blossoms and blooms to prepare our homes for a pastel-hued springtime celebration. Any excuse for bunting.

'After a cold, wet and stormy winter, we’re looking ahead to brighter times and being able to celebrate the arrival of spring. 2022 is all about marking milestones and welcoming new hopeful chapters and it seems UK shoppers are planning to go big this Easter, with customer searches increasing by up to 500 per cent for Easter trees, hanging eggs and Easter wreaths,' says Wayfair’s Resident Style Advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill.

'Our homes provide the main setting for celebrations and, just as we do for Christmas, Easter provides the opportunity to have some fun and transform spaces, which can easily be achieved with a layer of pretty pastels, spring blooms and dainty decs. With an extra-long Bank Holiday weekend, the occasion gives us a welcome chance to invite friends and family over. So whether you’re hosting an Easter egg hunt in the garden or a weekend filled with hot cross bun brunching, do so in style this April.'

Read on for 25 ways to celebrate Easter at home in 2022...

1. Create a hanging branch


Create a unique centrepiece for Easter lunch with a hanging branch decorated with painted baubles, or small chocolate Easter eggs. Your branch can be foraged, or there are plenty of faux branches available on Etsy with pretty spring blooms (these are a brilliant option.) Most DIYers suggest hanging the branch from small ceiling hooks, so make sure your decorations are lightweight.

Shop now: Easter Collection at Cream Cornwall

2. Add simple Easter baubles

If you want to decorate more minimally, these would make great decorations for your hanging branch, or to add to a simple Easter bouquet – lightweight glass baubles with dried grasses and flowers suspended within them.

Shop now: Dried Flower Glass Baubles at Cox & Cox

3. Add bunting to a mantelpiece

It's so common to decorate a mantelpiece for Christmas, but we're seeing more and more examples of a wonderfully decorated fireplace for Easter, too (more on that below.) If you want something quick and simple, this hessian Easter bunny bunting with delicate LED lights is a brilliant option.

Shop now: Hessian Easter Bunny Bunting at Lights4fun

4. Decorate with an Easter wreath

Another Christmas tradition with a fresher and more optimistic take for Easter. Easter wreaths are most often made with pliable branches like pussy willows, and decorated with foliage, spring blooms, and pastel-coloured eggs. There are plenty of pre-made Easter wreaths for those who don't fancy any DIY (see our roundup of 15 Easter wreaths here.) We love the idea of hanging them on dining chairs for Easter lunch.

Shop now: Easter Egg Wreath at Lights4fun

5. Host an (easier) Easter egg hunt

Encourage a smoother Easter egg hunt for little ones. Each of these hunt kits contains five bunny ear headbands, five treat bags, and 10 balloons printed with directions.

Shop now: Easter Egg Balloon Hunt Kit at Ginger Ray

6. Buy a bunny basket

If you want to make an egg hunt extra special, consider these sweet bunny baskets from Monsoon with 3D faces and floppy floral ears. These are sturdy enough to be used as storage afterwards.

Shop now: Ditsy Bunny Basket at Monsoon

7. Go for bold mantelscaping

A generally forgotten feature until Christmas calls for some festive garlands and stockings. More and more people are decorating their mantelpiece (a.k.a mantelscaping) for Easter. We say go bold with pussy willow branches adorned with Easter baubles, colourful vases filled with daffodils, and some fluffy yellow chicks for good measure.

Shop now: Hubba Round Wall Mirror, Sanatoga Poppy Hare Sculpture, Merrick pink recycled glass vases, and selection of baskets, all at Wayfair

8. Add bunny ears to everything

One from the Easter cheat sheet – just add bunny ears. These sweet cake toppers can take a less-than-festive cake to an Easter centrepiece. And there are plenty of options available for smaller desserts and cupcakes, too (we like these pastel-coloured ones.)

Shop now: Bunny Ears Cake Topper at Etsy

9. Tablescape with fresh flowers

If you don't want to buy Easter decorations that will likely sit in a cupboard for the rest of the year, tablescape with fresh flowers instead. A trail of green foliage and white roses laid on a table runner is as easy as it gets.

Shop now: Easter Tableware Collection at Sophie Allport

10. Test out some Meringue nests

Traditional Easter desserts are predictably sugary and usually laden with chocolate eggs. We say embrace both, and try this chocolate meringue nest topped with mini eggs, whipped cream and chocolate shavings...

Get the recipe: Easter Egg Meringue Nest Recipe at Tesco

11. Send a flowering basket delivery

For friends or family members who can't join you in person, a flowering basket could arguably last longer than chocolate...This M&S option includes a fresh springtime arrangement of ferns, peace lilies, white roses, a kalanchoe succulent, and a fittonia plant.

Shop now: Large Spring Flowering Basket at M&S

12. Accessorise for the egg hunt

We couldn't resist these children's foraging pockets, fit for an outdoor Easter egg hunt. A functional gift that can encourage some countryside exploration long after the chocolate has been eaten...

Shop now: The Den Kit Company X Little Cotton Clothes Foraging Pockets

13. Decorate the garden

Take a hopeful punt on balmy springtime weather and decorate your sheds, summerhouses or arbours as a sweet backdrop for outdoor Easter egg hunts or garden parties. Some simple bunting, an Easter wreath, and an abundance of colourful eggs would work wonders.

Shop now: Samoa nesting boxes, Guancha Artificial Wreath, Egg Artificial Wreath, Neruda Secret Garden Cushion, Karter Cotton Cushion, Flower Bunny Mug, Wire baskets, Latitude Vive Wicker Basket, Faulkner Pink Rug, all at Wayfair

14. Rely on colourful tableware

If you are hesitant to buy Easter decorations, use some colourful tableware instead to create a springtime feeling. Anything with playful patterns and bright and hopeful colours will be enough to enliven an otherwise plain table.

Shop now: House Beautiful Bright Abstract Tableware at Homebase

15. Make some showstoppers

For the confident baker. These little show stoppers have two layers of chocolate sponge, buttercream icing and a delicate nest toppings to hold your chocolate eggs (made with Shredded Wheat of all things...)

Get the recipe: Easter Egg Nest Cupcakes Recipe at Tesco

16. Create a striking centrepiece

Easter decorating is for grown-ups, too. We are totally taken with this fabulous Easter set up that uses simple willow branches and paper baubles as a sophisticated centrepiece. Keep your table linen crisp and white, and let some simple chalky colours stand out.

Shop now: Easter Collection at Layered Lounge

17. Go minimal

For those that err on the side of minimalism and wince at the sight of primary colours and sugary bunting, your decoration can be as simple as adding a handful of spring branches to a bud vase.

Shop now: House Beautiful Naomi Mushroom Blinds at Hillarys

18. Make some clever bunny napkins

Simplicity itself, but a treat for the Easter table nonetheless. Pick some colourful cotton napkins like these beautiful Tori Murphy examples and tie them around an egg (hard boiled to avoid mishaps, or wooden decorations would work too) to create sweet bunny ears.

Shop now: Harbour Stripe Napkins at Tori Murphy

19. Add springtime colours to your home

Although we've passed the official first day of spring, Easter often feels like the unofficial start to the season. The layers of warm blankets and deep colours that cocooned us during winter can begin to feel heavy as the outdoors start to flourish, so we are huge proponents of introducing hopeful pops of colour that reflect the season.

Shop now: House Beautiful Claudette Sofa at DFS

20. Have an Easter cake delivered

There are those amongst us who have neither the skill nor inclination to tackle Easter recipes at home, so why not have the pros do it for you. Cutter and Squidge have a huge variety of spectacular cakes with delivery nationwide.

Order now: Chocolate Easter Egg Cake at Cutter and Squidge

21. Use a wreath as a centrepiece

We are all for a multifunctional accessory. This pastel-toned wreath with speckled Easter eggs can be hung on the front door, or used as a table wreath for a simple and impactful centrepiece.

Shop now: Easter Table Wreath at Lights4fun

22. Celebrate outdoors

Check your weather forecasts, and celebrate outdoors if you can. This fresh outdoor dining scheme by Sophie Allport uses the simplest of decoration to great effect – set up your table runner, add cushions and seat pads to your garden furniture, and top it off with ceramic jugs filled with seasonal flowers.

Shop now: Hare Collection at Sophie Allport

23. Memorise the day

A great craft activity to occupy little ones. Collect springtime flowers on a country walk (those foraging pockets can really come into their own,) and use this pressed flowers kit from John Lewis & Partners to memorise the day.

Shop now: Talking Tables Pressed Flowers Kit at John Lewis & Partners

24. Host a garden party

Another idea that is contingent upon the weather, but we are hopeful nonetheless. A great one for large families, forgo a sit down lunch, take your Easter celebrations outdoors and set up an informal garden party.

Shop now: Easter Decorations at Lights4fun

25. Make your own wreath

One for the budding DIYers. Make your own Easter wreath with this kit from Etsy that includes a metal hoop and wire, moss, foliage, and dried flowers cut to size.

Shop now: Easter Wreath Making Kit at Etsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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