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Five easy Easter centerpieces

I’m not sure why, but Easter is one of those holidays that always sneaks up on me. Maybe it’s because it’s not on the same day every year. But it always seems like, suddenly, it’s Good Friday and I have a house full of guests coming for Easter brunch, and I haven’t done a thing to get ready.

If you’re like me, don’t panic. Here are some easy Easter table centerpieces you can throw together in a jiffy.

Eggcelent idea

Now that eggs are good for you again, I’ve started having two farm eggs for breakfast every day. I’m crazy about the brown ones because they just feel more authentic than the white ones. Crazy, I know.

When I get the carton home, I take all the eggs out and put them in a pretty bowl in my fridge. It makes me smile as I pull out the bowl brimming with eggs each morning, like I’m living on a farm or something.

So, this is my first quick centerpiece idea: Fill a vintage bowl with natural eggs, either brown or white or the interesting variety of shades you can find from your local farmers now. Sweet, simple and done in 30 seconds.

If you want to take this look up a notch, flank the bowl of eggs with some Easter decor.

Livin’ large

If you have a bit of time and want to knock your Easter table design out of the park, here’s some inspiration. This would be perfect for a formal party, so you can do it up big, but it still won’t be overly hard to create.

We layered dishes from several china patterns, then topped each place setting with a glass jar filled with chocolate eggs. The napkins are tied in simple satin ribbon, with a little flower threaded in.

The place card holders were a little harder to pull off. We found wheat grass at the local market, tied it up in a bunch and tucked in the name card. The grass kept wilting, so we had to fill the saucer with a bit of water.

Sans centerpiece

This table, styled for a spring luncheon, doesn’t have a centerpiece at all. Instead, the designer mixed in her mother’s old china and Depression glass, all in pinks and greens. Each place setting is topped with a petite bouquet.

You could snip a sprig from a flowering bush or anything that’s in bloom in your garden. The seed packs add lots of fun, and give hope for the beautiful flowers to come this spring.

Easter alfresco

If Easter is a warm day, take brunch outdoors. Even a simple salad looks sensational when it’s served in a beautiful bowl.

No matter how or where you decorate, make your Easter gathering a true celebration!

For the kids’ table

Turn children’s Easter baskets into their table centerpieces or place settings (whether you fill them with candy depends on how much you trust your little ones not to spoil their dinner). First, adorn their baskets with colorful, monogrammed liners, such as these from Pottery Barn Kids.

Available in small and large sizes, the liners serve an important practical purpose: They protect the sides and inside of baskets so candy doesn’t drop through cracks during egg hunts. But mostly, they make Easter baskets incredibly cute.

What little princess wouldn’t love an ombre and pearl “skirt” around her basket, or one with pink feathers, glitter, butterflies or layers of tulle that look like a ballerina’s tutu? Airplanes, camouflage, superheroes and puppy dogs lend a more masculine aesthetic. Plaid and gingham patterns are adorable, too.

Best of all for parents? They’re machine-washable. About $14.50-$44.50. Baskets are sold separately, and monogramming (up to nine characters) is an additional $9. Pottery Barn Kids, 3220 Knox St., Dallas, 214-522-4845, www.potterybarnkids.com.

Staff writer Stephanie Allmon Merry contributed to this report.

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