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Decorating Wisely: Nearing the end of the 40 days of Lent Featured

Written by  Friday, 23 March 2018 22:57
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By Glenda Wise

It is hard to believe we are already nearing the end of the 40 days of Lent. Sunday starts Holy Week and, of course, ends with the most glorious of days, Easter! I love Easter. I think because of what it means and that I have spent the past 40 days reflecting, meditating and practicing my Lenten promise. There is something symbolic about beginning Lent in the cold and dreary days of winter and ending in the beauty of spring and all its glory. If that doesn’t warrant a celebration, I don’t know what does! Setting the scene for a beautiful Easter celebration is easier than you might think.

Begin with a basic white tablecloth, and then layer with a green table runner. Gather your china and dinnerware. If you do not have enough, that is ok you can mix and match the place settings. If you just need to add a couple of pieces, you can purchase white or clear plates at Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart. Throughout the years I have finally accumulated enough pieces to serve 20, but it has taken me all 25 years of marriage to do that, so be patient if you’re just starting out. I also like to borrow pieces from family members. This is a perfect way to remember days gone by.

I think it is fun to set an interesting table with things that guests discover during the meal. By this, I mean placing small bird’s nests filled with speckled Robin’s eggs, miniature baskets filled with pastel-colored jellybeans and tiny vases filled with bitsy bunches of flowers. Again, most of these items you can find at the dollar store for very little cost, but do they ever make a big impact on your guests. For your bigger pieces, add pastel-colored jellybeans to hurricane vases and top with a white pillar candle and finally finish your table with a fresh flower centerpiece. A bundle of tulips or daffodils will do just fine.

Now, all you have to do is add bits of spring throughout your home. You can hang a “Welcome Spring” or “Happy Easter” banner from your fireplace mantel or buffet. Fill baskets with Easter eggs and fresh Rye grass and place on your kitchen island or wherever you see fit. Sheet moss also works well, but I do not recommend using this around food as it has a tendency to lose dirt and can be a bit messy.

Last, but not least, do not forget the spring door wreath to welcome guests. Now all you have to do is enjoy this beautiful time of year with family and friends.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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