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Easter Preparations

Tomorrow is Easter and by now you have likely colored your eggs, set your menu, have your groceries purchased,  made your Paska and have also thought about how you will set your table.  

We had a sibling dinner on Thursday so I am able to show you what our Easter table will look like again tomorrow.  The difference on Sunday will be two leaves added to accommodate the whole family.  

If you want to know how to fold bunny ear napkins... Martha Stewart will show you how!

My favourite flower in spring is Grape Hyacinth that can be found in garden stores in our area this time of year.  In the photo above you can see that I popped a plant into an egg cup and added a label to create a place card. 

These wooden boxes keep changing with the seasons. 
I've lined the wooden boxes with plastic and filled them with dirt.  
It will be an easy cleanup when I want to transplant the English Daisies and Grape Hyacinth outside after Easter. 

I've enjoyed playing around with natural ways to color eggs. 
There is no lack of ideas on Pinterest if you want to know which vegetables are best to use for natural coloring!  

  If you want to avoid food colorings all together, this is an easy idea.  I used a white pen to draw designs on our brown eggs. 

If you are running short on time and can't make it to the garden store, try to use whatever is growing in your yard. One year,  I picked some moss and some weeds with tiny flowers and popped them into these eggs cups to hold the place cards.

If you haven't started baking Paska yet,  I'm happy to tell you it doesn't take as long as you think it might.   Here is the recipe.   

 All you need is
  • an orange
  • a lemon 
  • milk
  • butter
  • yeast
  • flour 
  • salt  
  • sugar. 
It will take about 1/2 - 3/4 hour to mix up the dough, then it will need to rise for an hour.  After it has risen, shape into buns or loaves and then let rise about one more hour.  Bake loaves for about 25 minutes or buns about 15 minutes.  From start to finish you can have Paska in under four hours.  While the Paska is rising, set your table, color some eggs, make the icing and put together your Easter baskets!  

Whatever you do to prepare for Easter, we wish you a most wonderful day celebrating what matters most, the risen Christ!  

Happy Easter!


  1. Beautiful table and decorations. So festive!

  2. So pretty...and so many good ideas!

  3. Your table s so pretty! Siblings Dinner? I love that!

  4. I first saw this recipe in the Victoria Times Colonist many years ago. It was what brought me to your blog and all the wonderful recipes I have found there. Blessings on you all this Easter

    1. Angharad, I'm so glad you found us! Happy Easter to you!

  5. Very pretty. Would be nice ideas to decorate the table for a tea party, also.

    Just a note...I recently used the Refrigerator Roll recipe by Charlotte from your website. They turned out wonderful, flaky and delicious. I did have to make a change. It called for only 4 1/2 cups of flour but there were essentially between the water, eggs and butter around 3 cups of liquid. It was still runny with the 4 1/2 C of flour. My normal bread recipe used about 7 cups for that amount of liquid. I did end up adding almost 2 more cups of flour to get the stiff dough you stated. They rose nicely overnight and then after the rolls were formed in the morning they rose beautifully again. Thanks for this recipe and will be using it often, I believe.

  6. I am SO thankful for your Paska recipe. It is so delicious. Your coloured eggs are absolutely lovely and oh, those adorable egg cup name cards - just perfect!

  7. Wondering where you got the beautiful white chargers? They are exactly what I've been looking for!