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Entertaining Easter-style

April E. ClarkVail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyOne way to put spring on the table for Easter brunch is to plant flowers in terra cotta pots.

Like Christmas, Easter is a holiday wrought with tradition passed down through generations.There are the annual Easter egg hunts, ham or roasted lamb dinners, jelly beans and chocolate bunnies with the ears bitten off first.Or maybe it’s the tail?

With the popularity of HGTV and Martha Stewart Living, Easter celebrations have taken a creative twist. Barbara Henthorn, owner of La Carte boutique in Glenwood Springs, says Easter is a time to celebrate all that spring offers. Especially over Easter dinner.”To make the table look springish, you can go to the fabric store and buy some gingham yardage to cover the table. You don’t have to buy a new tablecloth, just make it look springy,” she says. “And, you can buy contrasting colors so there’s enough for napkins that you just cut with pinking shears. Then tie them with cute polka-dot ribbon.”Henthorn also suggests decorating table settings with small bird houses and faux birds, or ornamental butterflies placed on branches from the yard. Instead of traditional Easter lilies or cut tulips on the table, incorporate a planted garden theme to welcome spring.

“Buy little plants, like primrose, that are at stores right now, for the table,” she says.On hgtv.com, ideas for Easter entertaining and decorating include springtime hydrangea and rose centerpieces, tiny terra cotta pots doubling as place-card holders and faux bird’s nests with speckle-painted eggs. The site also offers lawn-and-garden tips on growing carrots and bulb basics as well as mouth-watering Easter feast recipes.Try the carrot cake – don’t forget to sprinkle the cream cheese icing with orange or lemon rind and walnuts as garnish. Add a few spring flowers on top for a garden-fresh touch. And HGTV’s recipe for creamy carrot bisque offers a different way to serve the Easter Bunny’s favorite veggie.

Decorating Easter eggs outside of the traditional vinegar-and-dye soaking method are featured on Marthastewart.com. Under its “Fit to be Dyed” link, the Web site offers how-to instructions on egg-styling alternatives.Stencils, glitter, rubber cement and coffee grinds can all be used to make eggs crafty and creative. Halved, dyed egg shells can be filled with wicks and tinted hot wax to make votives for an evening Easter table setting. Hang metallic, beaded shells from an egg tree, or learn how to make white- or milk chocolate-filled, bluebird-hued eggs to surprise guests.Stewart’s Web site also provides recipes for “the perfect Easter menu” – carrot vichyssoise (a potato-carrot-leek soup), glazed ham, molasses biscuits, citrus salad and lemon meringue cake.

Maybe not what Mom used to make – but she might just prepare it this year.Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601 aclark@postindependent.com

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