Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips
This post is sponsored by M&Ms and Dove. As always all opinions are my own.

With Spring on its way, Easter is also quickly approaching. I don’t know about you, but holidays always tend to sneak up on me. That’s why I’m getting a head start this year, and I’m sharing it with you. This past weekend I styled a colorful Easter tablescape and whipped up “bunny baskets” in the spirit of the season. Let me show you what I created!

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

To help me on this decorating adventure, I’ve team up with Mars Chocolate. They’re the people who make M&Ms, Dove Chocolate, and many of your favorite treats, such as Twix, Snickers, and Milky Way. This year Mars has created two candies available only at Target. I’ll tell you more about them shortly.

Let’s start with the table!

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

As with any table setting, I like to start with a color story. For Easter, I opted for pastels with a stronger focus on pinks and metallics. (Me? Metallics? Shocking, I know.) Not having much in the way of Easter decor, I also picked up lots of bunnies and other accessories that fit my theme.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

I knew that I wanted to use chocolate as part of my display. This large Dove Chocolate bunny was just begging to be the focal point of each of my place settings. And with my bunnies theme running throughout the table, they were the perfect addition.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

 

I paired each of them with an adorable egg cup filled with some chocolate. (There is no such thing as too much chocolate.)

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Speaking of place settings, among the things I picked up, were these white and metallic tea towels that functioned as napkins. If you’re ever struggling to find the perfect napkin, check out the tea towels. I prefer the larger size of the tea towels, and they always seem to be available in fun patterns and textures.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

To add more color to the table, I filled these adorable copper-topped jars with Dove Milk Chocolate Eggs. They are great for a delicious silky smooth pre-meal treat or fun favors for guests to take home.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

I brought the entire table together with a few vases of flowers. I found all of these blooms at a grocery store and assembled the arrangements myself. The two low-profile arrangements are designed to remain on the table during the meal. The larger arrangement will be removed right before dinner is served.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

In the center of the table, I used a tray to add texture and corral decorative items. What I love about a tray is that when it’s time to eat, it (and everything that’s on it) can be quickly and easily removed, making room for food and encouraging conversation.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Once dinner is finished, you can return the tray to the table, but this time have it filled with desserts. It’s magic!

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Of course, you knew a tablescape wouldn’t be complete without food (dessert, to be specific), right? A few weeks ago I showed you how to make these Soft Peanut Butter Cookies. (You can get the recipe here.) To dress them up for spring, I mixed pastel M&Ms into the batter. I also added a few more M&Ms on the top of the cookies after they came out of the oven so that the colors could really shine.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is one of my favorites, especially this time of year, so these cookies are a winner.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

I was also inspired to create another dessert thanks to these Vanilla Cupcake M&Ms. (These are one of the new Mars candies for sale only at Target.) While they are delicious on their own, I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into actual cupcakes, so that’s what I did.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

I’m calling these Surprise-Inside Spring Cupcakes! You can get the recipe here.

Once they were baked (and cooled), I created a hole in the center of each and filled it with Vanilla Cupcake M&Ms. Topped with a mound of frosting and sprinkles, your guests will not know what’s inside until they go in for a bite.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Vanilla Cupcake M&Ms come spilling out for a delicious and unique Easter surprise! You can read more about them and get the recipe here.

I’ve made plenty of cupcakes and cookies so that each guest could have one if they’d like, and take a few home to share with family and friends.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Now, as if all that goodness wasn’t enough, I had some more chocolate that wanted to join the party, so I put together these quick Easter baskets.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Here are my tips for creating a beautiful Easter basket:

1. Select a Unique Basket – Start with a special basket or container. Think of the basket as something that the recipient can reuse and not just throw into a closet. The cuter the basket, the more likely it is to be used. I chose these baskets because of their modern touches, including a thread wrapped handle and pom poms. (Who needs a bow on a basket that is this cute?) I also went for a non-traditional option and used a decorative box as a basket. Remember, any container that you can pack with chocolate and treats will work for an Easter basket.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

2. Fill in the Bottom – To create a basket that looks full, use tissue paper or packing material to first fill up the bottom of the basket. Then top the fill with grass and add goodies. Having all of your treats resting high up in the basket creates the illusion of a bountiful basket. Plus, it just looks prettier. Once your treats are tucked in place, add a bit more grass here and there to complete the look.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

3. Decide on a Color Scheme – If you’re looking to create something a bit more chic, have a color scheme in mind. I created two baskets, one with a cool theme of blues and greens and one with warmer colors – pinks and oranges. Having a color scheme will leave your basket looking beautiful and intentional. My colors schemes were inspired by the fun colors of the M&Ms containers.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

4. Remember the Recipient – When giving any gift, you want to keep the recipient in mind. My intent with these two baskets was to create something for grown-ups. (Adults like receiving baskets full of chocolate, too.) That’s why I tucked in things such as a dishtowel and appetizer plates. While everyone loves chocolates for Easter, it’s nice to have a functional and lasting gift as well.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

4. Load it with Chocolate – Because it’s Easter, you’ll want to have lots of chocolate spilling out of your baskets. When shopping for treats, get a variety of shapes and sizes. This will make your basket more visually interesting. I also like to get smaller items to fill in the gaps. These Dove Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs worked perfectly for this. (This is the other new Mars product that’s available only at Target for a limited time, and boy is it delicious!)

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

5. Skip the Cellophane – If possible, don’t wrap your basket in cellophane. While I’ve used it in the past, I find it to be a bit excessive, wasteful, and distracting from all of the beauty that’s inside. If you will be transporting the baskets and are afraid the contents will move around or fall out, then cellophane is a smart solution. Otherwise, save yourself a few bucks and leave it at the store.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

And that’s it, my friends. The table is set, the flowers are arranged, the dessert is served, and the baskets are ready. I think we’re prepared for Easter! I hope you enjoyed my Easter celebration and are feeling a bit more inspired to host your own.

Easter Entertaining Ideas | Spring Tablescape and Easter Basket Tips

Remember to stock up on delicious Mars Chocolates by visiting Target. Use the Cartwheel app to save  on select Mars chocolate purchases. (That way you can buy more! It will be our little secret.)

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Happy Easter!

Comments

  • Jennifer Park Cox at

    Darling!!!!! I’ll be making the m and m cookies. So cute. You have such great talent!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You are so kind! Thanks! And you’ll love the cookies. Enjoy.

      xo Michael

  • KimS at

    Wow so beautiful!! All of it! You’ve got the knack and beautiful things!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much Kim!

      xo Michael

  • Cathy Claus at

    so festive! love the added touches you always throw in to look so welcoming and inviting! I also the place settings! you are truly gifted! i always walk away with much inspiration when I’m in a decorating rut! keep “gifting” us! πŸ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much! So glad you’re feeling inspired! That’s the goal.

      xo Michael

  • talia at

    Wow! You have endless talent. What a lovely and inviting table you’ve set. I always leave your posts with ideas and for someone who is challenged creativity, that is such a gift. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reenie at

    Very cute ~ Did I miss where everything is from?

    Where are the copper-topped jars, bunnies (not the chocolate ones) & white egg with gold dots from?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re one step ahead of me. πŸ˜‰ I’ll actually be sourcing everything in a post on Wednesday or Thursday. Stay tuned!

      xo Michael

      • Vickie at

        Thanks you..I’ll be waiting!
        Gorgeous eye to detail..of course..as usual

  • Michelle Cattapan at

    So sweet!! I need some chocolate!!! I feel spring coming. Where did you get the “rose gold” bunny?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Chocolate is always needed. Haha. He’s from HomeGoods. I’ll be sharing more sources on the table soon.

      xo Michael

  • Funky Junk Interiors - Donna at

    I’m so hungry now! haha Truly decadent, M! I use to get everything decked out for Easter back in the day and this post inspires me to do something about it. So in LOVE with your pastel cream and sugar… and those CUPCAKES.

    Prettiest email I’ve ever received.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks D! A few touches here and there go a long way. And I’m so glad you like the email. πŸ™‚

      xo Michael

  • Ivory at

    Your Easter dinner table is adorable. I love it

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!! πŸ™‚

      xo Michael

  • DBLori at

    Saw those baskets with the tassels today at Target! Your table looks so cool!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yay! I thought they were so cute. Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Ardith at

    Well, this is festive in the best possible way, Michael. You are spot on with your take on partnering with these companies. Your table is lovely and the treat combinations are mouthwatering. Thank you for the smile-inducing post. Cheers, Ardith

  • Valerie at

    Your photos are always fabulous! Bunnies and chocolates, yum!

    Where are your chairs from? I love them!!

  • Kim M at

    You always do such an amazing job, and this tablescape is no exception. I love everything about it!

  • Amy K at

    I really enjoyed this post Michael. What could be better than you and chocolate? πŸ™‚

  • Martha Lovingood at

    Those copper bunnies!!! Where are they from, please???

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      They are from HomeGoods. πŸ™‚

      xo Michael

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