In England, Easter is an excuse to eat our own body weight in chocolate eggs and hot cross buns. When we’re not eating eggs, we’re painting the chicken kind, either as children or with children.
But that’s as far as it goes in terms of decoration.
We could definitely do with taking inspiration from our German and Swedish friends who go all out in comparison!
In Germany, Easter warrants a yearlong preparation. Eggs are collected, hand painted and strung together to make garlands used to decorate the villages’ fountains.
In the home, branches are cut from pussy willow trees and decorated with painted wooden eggs, hand painted hollow eggs and garlands. These are placed in vases to create a striking interior display. Both indoor and outdoor shrubs and trees are decorated with these eggs and those of the chocolate kind are scattered around them for children to find on Easter Sunday.
For an added burst of colour, daffodils and crocuses also decorate both living and dining room tables.
Head to Sweden and you’ll find that Easter has elements of the English Halloween and Christmas. Swedish folklore states that witches fly to meet the devil around Easter time. Tour a Swedish house and you’ll discover witch ornaments hanging from all sorts of surfaces in the home. You definitely won’t find these in any English home so early on in the year!
Moving closer to the English celebration, birch twigs are brought inside 2/3 weeks before Easter and decorated with coloured feathers, eggs and chickens as they grow some leaves. The decor style is similar to the traditional Christmas tree where less is definitely not more, only here the feathers replace the tinsel!
Daffodils, known as “Easter Lily” in Sweden, decorate dining room tables and eggs are hand painted. While you might picture every Easter related product imaginable, you won’t find much bunny decor! We may love the Easter bunny in England but in Sweden it’s still a fairly new tradition.
Something to copy…
What Germany and Sweden have in common is a love of colour fed through the hand painted eggs (real or otherwise!) and daffodils. These little touches have a big effect on the atmosphere at Easter time and they’re easy enough to copy.
Invest in some pussy willow or another plant of your choice and decorate with feathers and/or hand painted eggs. If you’re running low on eggs, coloured egg-shaped card will do the trick.
If you want to go one step further, incorporate some egg shaped ornaments or dishes into your kitchenware. There’s no shortage of Easter products for you to buy. The Pottery Barn alone has 33 products related to the celebration, so buy as little or as many as you can afford!
My personal favourite is the glitter egg vase filler – a set of three glittery egg ornaments in beautiful spring shades.
You can even mix them with authentic eggs for that true homely touch.