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Sunday 7 April 2019

Easter Dinner DIYs

April is here, spring has sprung and before know it Easter will be thrust upon us in the form of a four day weekend. In the past I have either been away or moving house over the Easter weekend so this year I decided to embrace it in the best way I know how- crafts!

She's A Gentry Easter Dinner DIYs

Now don’t get me wrong, these DIYs aren’t ground breaking by any means but they add a little something that will make your Easter feel special...

She's A Gentry Easter Dinner DIYs

Easter nest cakes

These little babies have been around for years and for good reason. They’re simple and quick with minimal fuss but show you’ve made some effort with your Easter.

This recipe makes 12 nests and you will need:

- Shredded Wheat (85g crushed)

- Melting milk chocolate (200g split into pieces)

- Mini Eggs (x 2 bags)

- Cake Cases

- Easter chicks for decoration (because cute!!)

Step 1- Shred your shredded wheat and then melt your chocolate by placing it into a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water.

Step 2- Once the chocolate has melted, add in your shredded wheat into the bowl and stir well to combine.

Step 3- Spoon the chocolate covered wheat into the cupcake cases. Use the back of a teaspoon and press into the centre of the mix to make the nest shape.

Step 4- Place 3 mini eggs on top of each nest and chill in the fridge for 2 hours until set.

And voila! There you have your simple but very cute and effective Easter cakes done and dusted in under 30 minutes!

The bunny napkins

I saw these napkins on Pinterest and got a bit obsessed! How cute are these!? Again they are incredibly easy to do but add an extra touch to any Easter eating.

You will need:

-Cloth napkins

-Plastic and/or polystyrene eggs

- Spray paint (or if you want to paint with a different paint go ahead(

- A marker pen

- Twine

Step 1- Spray paint (or hand paint if you’d prefer) your eggs the colour you’d like. Tip: Place the eggs on sticks for easy access when spraying and place in a vase/ jug to dry on the stick!

Step 2- Once dry, write the name of your guest onto the egg.

Step 3- Fold your napkin in half diagonally, then take the centre triangle and fold it down to the bottom of the napkin.

Step 4- Roll the napkin up and then place your egg in the centre of the napkin.

Step 5- Fold the napkin up and over the egg to create the bunny ears. Secure in place with twine.

Again, it’s a super simple DIY to do but the effect is fun and I’m sure your dinner guests will appreciate the effort!

She's A Gentry Easter Dinner DIYs

The Easter Centre Piece

This is the first time I’ve ever attempted a centre piece so I decided to work with faux foliage and flowers for the table display and real flowers in the case. I’m a little heavy handed/ wasn’t sure how long foliage and flowers would last displayed on the table so if you’re a beginner like me, this is a good option.

She's A Gentry Easter Dinner DIYs

You will need:

- Faux Eucalyptus (eBay)

- Faux flower heads (available in most craft stores and shops like Wilkos, B&M)

- A flower crown (mine was from ebay)

- More plastic eggs (again spray painted/hand painted to the colour of your choice)

- A vase of your choice

- Daffodils., tulips or any spring flowers you’d like to have as your centre piece

She's A Gentry Easter Dinner DIYs

Step 1- With your vase in the centre, grab your eucalyptus and begin to fashion it into the shape you’d like your centre piece to be. Place them diagonally across one another to disguise the ends and bend the “stork” ends in order to get your eucalyptus laying as you’d like it.

Step2- Place your flower crown on top of the eucalyptus arrangement. I did this to add some depth to the flower arrangement and it’s a great way to get use out of a flower crown other than on your head!

Step 3- Place the individual flowers sporadically around the eucalyptus to bulk out sprase areas and/or cover and areas you don’t want to be seen. The arrangement should begin to look a lot fuller now.

Step 4- To finish it all off, nestle your plastic eggs into the arrangement for added Easter effect before placing your spring bouquet of choice in the vase.

This was surprisingly simple to do but I think the effect is pretty cool and will definitely get you in the spring and Easter vibes.

She's A Gentry Easter Dinner DIYs

She's A Gentry Easter Dinner DIYs

So those are my Easter dinner DIYs. I know it’s not as widely celebrated as Christmas but I think Easter is the perfect excuse to decorate and feel cheery for spring, plus with the long weekend its a lovely opportunity to spend time with family and friends so why not make your home a bit extra?

She's A Gentry Easter Dinner DIYs

I hope you enjoyed the DIYs and if you decide to re-create any yourself I would love to see them! You can also watch the video I made on these DIYs if you’d like to see them in action:

Have a brilliant Easter Bank Holiday!

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