Easter Decorating Table Ideas…Beach Cottage Style

Thu 14th, Apr, 2011

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How you cooking?

All good here and we are looving the school hols..well I am, gotta love me some pj action in the middle of the day.

So, I have had a few emails about Easter and how I decorate for it…well to tell you the whole truth I don’t normally ‘decorate’ for Easter, I prefer, really, to just buy my children copious amounts of chocolate and then steal it when they are asleep.

It got me thinking though, (and hence the other two decorated tables out on the deck that I have already shown you) about what I like…well for Easter I think white and pretty flowers and soft pastel colours…




and of course eggs…


…just a simple bunch of tulips from the corner shop plus a pack of those pale Eastery, lovely, pastely eggs filled with chocolate lying about…



and I love these little bottles of lemonade…look pretty and all too easy…


I used just white bottles and little jugs and jars that I already had…



I love the idea of tags tied around things on the table, I’ve seen this allover blogland, mostly in vintage style luggage labels, but I thought it might be just a little too coochy coo for me, so I tried it out with some white price labels that I had hanging around in my craft stash…I just wrote on them with pencil, I liked how it turned out though for sure the BC Crew did not need any help or invitation to eat those eggs…



or to drink that lemonade…



and yes this table was sat down upon by more than 3 kids including more than one male teenager…even the ones that don’t live here now have started eyebrow raising…and asking if the pictures are all done hahaha!


I have to chuckle to myself though when I see these huge and I mean huge lanky teenage boys that I love kinda gangling all over this purty girlie stuff…(don’t ask me how I managed to deliver 10lb boys who are getting bigger by the minute, but somehow I did)

and just to Keep it Real ’round here it took oh all of two minutes on this before 1. the chocolate was just a mere breezy thought in my mind 2. the lemonade was down in one and some of it spilt all over the cloth and 3. questions along the lines of what’s next were more important to the users of this table than what it looked like

hey ho, I can copy with that…yes people do live here I have to remember ;-)

This I guess though kinda lends itself to kiddos when you look at it…the eggs and the lemonade…not quite the combo one may serve to adults


I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve used old bottles and shells on a table but it seems that the combination is pretty much infinite and every time I do one, it kinda comes out looking different, part of the attraction of course, of this sport of tablescaping anyway.

And I think that generally, if you are somewhat cack-handed with dressing table, indeed dressing up anything decor related, you can’t really go wrong with a bunch or two of tulips…and to be quite frank if your budget can stretch to two or three bunches, a stash of these on the table alone is many a stylists card up their pretty little sleeve…



When I first started this blog and found out through Susan at this blog (and if you wanna see table dressing on a huge scale go see her, tell her I sent you) that there were other people out there who liked dressing up tables, I must say I was pretty much astounded…it kinda felt liberating to just do this for the heck of it…

I used to think that that was somewhat a ridiculous notion…to spend an hour or so playing BC Dresses Up Tables…I think I’ve moved to a stage in my life where I do what I want to do now, give or take a few taxi-driving duties…and really no-one really cares if it’s a ridiculous notion or not…


…and even those teenagers that come ’round here, big lanky ones, don’t even bat an eyelid at dressed up tables anymore..


anyway, let me know what you think?

For my next trick I am thinking of setting up a tippee kinda marquee type affair in the garden, now it’s cooled down here (I saw this in an English clothes catalogue that was recently in my mailbox), for the Easter Egg Hunt Morning Tea…no I haven’t told Mr BC about that idea yet…hmm I thinking I might just need to do a little bit of bribery first before I bring that up…

Be seeing ya…


oh and I have a new Facebook page

and I’ll soon be moving all my Facebooking over there so head on over…


you can find other Easter dress-ups BC Style here with lemons & an old vintage ladder

and here an all white one with Easter daisies and mason jars…love!


the lemonade was down in one and some of it spilt all over the cloth

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38 Responses to “Easter Decorating Table Ideas…Beach Cottage Style”

  1. Simple Daisy says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

  2. Jem says:

    Sarah, that table looks wonderful. I love my vintage china and eclectic patterns but sometimes I much prefer something simply elegant and this fits the bill :-) Love the little price tags you’ve used on the lemonade bottles, is that a clay tag I spy on the jug of tulips!? :-P

    Jem xXx

  3. Suzanne says:

    Wow Sarah!! Love the pops of colour in amonst all that beautiful white, amazing photography, just beautiful!!

  4. Love the tulips!! And of course you CANNOT go wrong with chocolate anything…….makes me want to go make some chocolate. Haven’t done that for a while.

    I am finally finding my feet again after we all have been so sick. Starting to feel normal.

    God bless, sending you a hug!

  5. Nina says:

    Everything is so pretty! love this! :)

  6. So pretty as always..however…have you been keeping something secret from us? I see it peeking at us in these pictures…I am sure I have not seen it before…right there…on the little white shelf on the wall…?? We need more close ups please :-)

    • sarah says:

      hmmm I have some secrets lol

      you are the second person to ask me already ! it’s a little heart I got on my trip back to the Old Country last year…

  7. Barefoot Liz says:

    I’m loving the daisies! For some reason, they make me feel happy. I’d like to put a bunch of little flowers in bud vases all over the house but I’ll have to start collecting bud vases first! I’m so glad that it’s tag sale/yard sale time here, FINALLY!

  8. Claire says:

    Absolutely beautiful table setting. Ohh, I need to go get myself some fresh flowers x

  9. Stunning, I love it! I hope you have a great day!

  10. Angie Smith says:

    Was in the grocery store the other day and they had three HUGE I mean GIGANTIC bouquets for 12.00 All mixed up springy type flowers and I thought of you…thought of my white rusty pitcher that would be so gorgeous on my dining table..then I rememberd the cat….that loves to eat all things green, plastic or real then leaves me brought back up remnants on my bed…like look mom Im sick..

    So Ill page back though your lovely table settings and dream of what might be if I was in a catless home !

    PS Those boys are hanging around my friend as Im sure you have always a basket of some sort of goodies to eat in your kitchen!

  11. Nana Diana says:

    Sarah- I don’t know how I found you- I was popping along here and there last night and signed up to follow a few blogs (which I swore I was not going to sign up for another because I always FOLLOW when I follow-if you get that). But….Good Lord woman, I just found you and I think you might be as off-the-wall as I am! Seriously!!

    I dressed our dining room table the other day and my SweetCheeks (just turned 4) said to me.. Nana..yohu forghot to putt youhr dishes away AGAHN! Ah…yes…caught in the act!

    Well, I must say your table looks wonderful…fresh and Springy..and I love that you are so darned real! yes, indeedy…kids and white cloths = one big mess….whip it off…wash it up and start all over again…crumbs on the floor and at least one smear of choclate SOMEWHERE.

    Loved visiting you today- and I’ll be back. I like it here! Hugs- Diana

  12. Heather says:

    I just love your table! It has a bit of whimsy to it that I just adore!

  13. So pretty! I did a “home tour” and your cottage looks so tranquil, beautiful. I’m a new follower.

  14. Aaah the sport of dressing tables. Should be taken on in the Olympic arena soon. You will be Australias gold medal placement for sure!
    alicia :0)

  15. I LOVE IT! Idea is officially stolen!:) xxx

  16. Linda Lan says:

    I love how you mix coastal with traditional Easter designs. Lovely!

  17. Mari says:

    Love your table
    Have a nice day

  18. rebecca says:

    I love the speckled eggs… great idea for decorating my easter cake I’m baking to take to a BBQ…. very lush!!!

  19. Sure Fit Inc says:

    Simple and so beautiful!! Thanks For the inspiration to create a fabulous tablescape for the Spring / Easter season.
    Sure Fit Slipcovers

  20. Babs says:

    Fresh and fun. Love it!
    ~ Babs

  21. Sarah you are so funny! :) maybe I will dress my table up and you are right no one around here would care anyway.

  22. Scribbler says:

    I had to laugh — my husband now asks too if it is OK to sit down, are pix done, etc. It’s nice to get them trained! He always complements me on whatever I do, and never fails to notice when the table is changed. I think I’ll keep him.

  23. So pretty! I need to pickup some fresh flowers for my dining room – it’s amazing how they brighten up a space

  24. This is a real “find”! It is so great to see a beach house where the decor is about living and feeling like you are near the beach! The way you describe your home is charming, but the way you add color and warmth is sublime! I wish these ideas were more prevalent here in California!

  25. jane says:

    wait a minute. you had TWO ten pound babies? really? i think that means you can decorate anything you want. as often as you like.jkj

  26. Alima says:

    beautiful, as usual! I LOVE tulips! They make any table look great! And those tags turned out really cute!

  27. Absolutely stunning. I love the white on white.

  28. Marnie says:

    Your teenagers might roll their eyes a little, but I bet they wouldn’t want their Mum any other way. You are creating some wonderful memories for them. My youngest is two, so tablecloths are still a little hazardous around here ( I only just started to wear jewelry again without it being ripped from my body)
    I can’t wait to see your outdoor creation. Have great weekend.
    x Marnie

  29. Loving all the layers of white…loving how the tulips are popping!

  30. Beautiful Sarah! Love all the labels. This is my favorite of your Easter tables, though I love the lemon table, too… especially with all the teenage boy comments… that is so my life, too, except they’re not quite teens yet…almost. Just came from the latest blogging post ~ great stuff. Very refreshing to read about it from your perspective, all this blogging bizness. Thanks so much for the insight and encouragement! xo ~ osc

  31. Charo says:

    Wow! Fantastic!

  32. simple, perfction, always love your style

  33. Great work ever!… Will set up my table that way… :-)

  34. Tammy says:

    Simply gorgeous!

  35. Marigene says:

    Sarah, you do white to perfection…absolutely beautiful table.

  36. Elli Davis says:

    Wonderful! Effective and yet so simple. Seriously, all the white in combination with the tulips and eggs is just enough, there is no need for more decor. Oh, and I love the “eat me”, “drink me” tags. Very smart and funny, just like from a fairy tale ;)!