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Today is Good Friday, which means that this Sunday is Easter! It is almost time for that special day spent with family and friends. While a kid on Easter looks forward to scavenging the yard in hopes of finding that one special egg, an adult on Easter mostly just looks forward to sitting down and enjoying some food. The time spent around the table with loved ones is invaluable, which is why I want to show you how to set the stage for this year’s Easter dinner. And it only takes 10 minutes!

10 Minute Tablescape for Easter 1

Materials Needed:
4 ” Cabbage plants
Freshly picked daffodils
Tin buckets
Freshly clipped forsythia
Chocolate Easter bunnies

Directions:
1. Criss-cross bunches of daffodils on the table. The more the merrier!

10 Minute Tablescape for Easter 2

2. Place cabbage in tin buckets making sure that the soil is moist to the touch.

10 Minute Tablescape for Easter 3

3. Clip forsythia branches 10-14″ and stick each end in the soil to create a handle.

10 Minute Tablescape for Easter 4

4. Nestle the chocolate bunnies throughout their new home.

10 Minute Tablescape for Easter 5

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What a dreamy tablescape! I just love that Easter is so full of cheer and whimsy. Have a great weekend, everyone, and Happy (Almost) Easter!

Photos: The Photography of Haley Sheffield

This post could also be titled, Easter On My Mind. Seriously, I am so excited for this pastel party to begin. I just could not resist creating a container garden inspired by a traditional Easter egg.

Ingredients:
2 Sweet Broom (Yellow)
6 Candytuft (White)
4 Phlox (Purple)
Borrowed branches (I am not sure what the actual name of these branches are but I am saying “borrowed” because I might have snagged them from my neighbor’s yard.)

Directions:
1. Choose a statement container. My favorite way to make a statement in spring is with turquoise, of course!
2. Fill your container with potting soil, but make sure it has really good drainage.
3. Plant from tallest to shortest.

Easter Inspired Container Garden for Spring with Sweet Broom, Phlox, and Candytuft by Carmen Johnston Gardens

4. Add “borrowed” branches.

Easter Inspired Container Garden for Spring with Sweet Broom, Phlox, and Candytuft by Carmen Johnston Gardens

5. Repeat one color of your choice and place it in a smaller pot.

Easter Inspired Container Garden for Spring with Sweet Broom, Phlox, and Candytuft by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. Keep soil moist to touch.

Don’t the bright layers remind you of the stripes on a good ol’ fashioned Easter egg? So much fun!

DIY Easter Decoration with Plants 7

Don’t miss out on our sweet Easter decor!

5 Fun Easter Basket Items for Kids by The Green Thumb Gal at Carmen Johnston Gardens

 

1. How adorable is this ‘Seven Smooches’ Bunny Hand Puppet from Barney’s? If I’ve learned anything about kids it’s that they love to put on a show, which makes this hand puppet perfect for your kid’s Easter basket this year.

2. From what I remember, decorating the Easter eggs was just as much fun as hunting them later. This Easter Party Egg Decorating Kit from The Land of Nod will take your kid’s egg decorating to the next level!

3. These books are actually a part of my own collection. I just love the beautiful illustrations and whimsical tales. If you want to share a love of gardening with your kids, these are great gifts to include in their Easter basket.

5 Fun Easter Basket Items for Kids: Gardening Books featured on Carmen Johnston Gardens

4. It is certainly no secret that I am a fan of Hunter Rain Boots. I love that they make them for all ages too. These Kids First Rain Boots are great for any kid who likes to run around outside and play.

5. Don’t forget the candy! No matter what you include in your kid’s Easter basket, the candy is always their favorite part. I just love this little Jelly Bean Weck Jar from Terrain and think your kids will be crazy about it too!

Happy (Almost) Easter! I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends.

DIY Easter Decoration with Plants 8

Need an idea for Easter decor? How about a birdcage?!

Photo: The Photography of Haley Sheffield

Today’s post combines two of my favorite things: innovative Easter baskets and fresh strawberries for spring.

Every time I go to the grocery store right now, those fresh, Florida strawberries are calling my name. Have you heard the call too? If so, this post is definitely for you!

Easter "baskets" filled with the gift that keeps on giving--gorgeous foliage and delicious strawberries by Carmen Johnston Gardens

With Easter right around the corner, I could not resist the opportunity to create a different kind of Easter basket for my guests. Don’t get me wrong, I love pastel Peeps and giant, chocolate bunnies just as much as the next girl, but I wanted to try something new and unique. That is why I have decided to make these awesome Easter “baskets” filled with the gift that keeps on giving–gorgeous foliage and delicious strawberries, of course!

Easter "baskets" filled with the gift that keeps on giving--gorgeous foliage and delicious strawberries by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Materials Needed:
1. Mini colanders
2. Strawberry plants
3. Strawberries
4. Alyssum (Tiny, white blooms)

Easter "baskets" filled with the gift that keeps on giving--gorgeous foliage and delicious strawberries by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Directions:
1. Start by giving your plants plenty to drink.
2. Take two strawberry plants and nestle them into a single colander.
3. Fill in the empty spaces with alyssum.
4. Add extra strawberries for a fun pop of color.

DIY Easter "baskets" filled with the gift that keeps on giving--gorgeous foliage and delicious strawberries by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Maintenance:
1. Strawberries need at least 8 hours of full sun!

Strawberry Plant

Image via Bonnie Plants

Give your guests a lush treat planted with strawberries and alyssum. By Carmen Johston Gardens

Give your guests a lush treat planted with strawberries and alyssum.

When you’re done, simply place one “basket” at each place setting for your guests. Don’t they just scream spring? I could not be more in love with this idea or the season that inspired it. Now go and get yourself some juicy strawberries! I know you’ve got to be craving them by now.

Quick and Easy Plant Decor: Easter Topiaries 4

For more Easter fun, be sure to check out our Easter Egg Topiary!

Photos: The Photography of Haley Sheffield

Easter is only a month away, which can only mean one thing…

Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Once again, it is time for me to show you how to decorate your topiaries for the holiday ahead. I have already shown you how to create a vibrant topiary for spring using nothing but citrus and a little imagination. I have also given you some tips for turning your topiary into a stunning display for Valentine’s Day with only a handful of nandina berries and a touch of whimsy. But today is all about Easter, which just so happens to be one of my favorite holidays. I love how everything is suddenly light and airy and pastel. I also don’t mind the fact that buying large amounts of candy is not only accepted but expected as well. More than anything, I am so very thankful for the true meaning that Easter holds and I look forward to the reminder every year.

Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Have you ever purchased something because you just knew it was special, but then you didn’t really know what to do with it? That is the story behind these stunning, hand blown and hand painted eggs. I found them in Vienna, but had no idea what to use them for once I got them home. Today, they have found their purpose.

1. Layer your favorite eggs around the base of the topiary to create a skirt.

Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

2. Add fresh cut blooms, using different shapes and sizes to create depth. For long lasting color, place your blooms in water picks that you can find at your local craft store. These lenten roses look incredible, don’t they?

Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

3. If you have supplies left over, use them to adorn the base of the container as well.

Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

My husband found this empty bird’s nest in our yard. Such a sweet touch!

Easter Topiaries: Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Now you have a lovely sideboard topiary for Easter day. Enjoy!

Quick and easy plant decor... hand painted eggs nestled with florals. by Carmen Johnston Gardens

 

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I think you guys will also love this citrus topiary!

 

Photos: The Photography of Haley Sheffield

Easter is such a fun, family-friendly holiday that I look forward to every year. It has recently occurred to me, however, that Easter is a holiday that is all about the kids. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching kids search the yard for the eggs they worked so hard to paint the night before; I love seeing their faces light up when they crack open a plastic egg filled with candy or a five dollar bill; I love the funny photos of children sitting in a giant bunnies lap—I love it all and it all makes for a great time spent with family and friends.

I truly appreciate the fact that parents work so hard trying to make this holiday a memorable experience for their kids every year—planning egg hunts, scheduling a visit to see the Easter Bunny, and picking out or arranging the perfect Easter basket for their little ones. While some parents continue to make these baskets for their children through college, the loving tradition eventually stops. But I don’t believe it has to!

If you are anything like me, you love giving gifts on any and every occasion. I think that Easter is another great excuse to show your loved-ones a little extra love. I have come up with a few ideas for creating alternative Easter “baskets” for some grown-up gals—the homebody, the beach goer, the frequent shopper, and, of course, the gardener. These “baskets” are created with a specific person in mind and are personalized to meet their specific interests.

Homebody

Sources | Canvas basket: Anthropologie; Tazo Tea: Available at Starbucks; Tea Cup: Anthropologie; Cashmere Socks: J.Crew

Beach Goer

Sources | Beach Bag: Sole Society; Sunglasses: Bonlook; Burt’s Bees: Available at Target; Water Bottle: Target

Frequent Shopper

Sources | Canvas Tote: Alphabet Bags; Coin Purse Wallet: Target; “What Would Audrey Do?” by Pamela Keogh: Modcloth; Infinity Scarf: Forever 21; Essie Nail Polish: Available at Target

Gardener

Sources | Garden Trug: Shop Terrain; Straw Hat: Forever 21; The Flower Recipe Book: Available at The Paris Market (Online)

If you have a different grown-up gal in mind—an artist, a chef, a stay-at-home mom—you can create your own alternative Easter “basket” just for them.

Here’s the basic formula:

Bag + Beauty + Book + Bite

  1. The grown-up gal doesn’t want some cheap, pastel basket that will end up in the attic, or worse, the trash. Give her something she can use again like a stylish tote or a garden trug.
  2. Also, the grown-up gal likes to look her best no matter what the occasion, whether she’s at home on the sofa or soaking up sun at the beach. A comfy pair of socks or a new pair of shades is exactly what she needs.
  3. While not all gals are book lovers, there seems to be a book for just about everything. Find a book that will be of interest to her, like fashion or flowers.
  4. The one thing about traditional Easter baskets that everyone can appreciate—especially, the grown-up gal—is the treats. Not every girl is interested in jellybeans or chocolate bunnies, though. Give her something special, something she will really enjoy, like her favorite snack food or maybe even a bottle of wine.

Happy Easter, everyone!

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