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Are you Easter feasting at home this weekend? Dress that table like a pro

While it might feel like everything is cancelled right now, Easter long weekend is definitely still something to get excited about.

Granted, Easter (for those that celebrate it) might seem a little less exciting this year as we practice safe physical distancing – but we reckon that extra time spent at home means we have full permission to create some next-level botanical decorations to grace this year’s feasting table.

It may seem like there’s not much to work with from the vantage point of the couch, but a little digging in your garden might just surprise you with some leafy inspiration. With just a bit of creativity and some surplus foliage, you’ll have everything you need to create naturally stunning setting.

Leafy place mats

The easiest of ideas to start us off – if you have some large-leafed varieties, turn those leaves into striking placemats. Monstera leaves are a classic for this, with their large surface area and beautiful shape.

Succulent settings

Are you a sucker for succulents? Us too! If they’re in small enough pots, move those babies right onto the table in attractive clusters – the more variety you have, the better.

Otherwise, succulents are generally quite easy to regrow from cuttings, so if you have some small pots lying around – or any small container really, such as a vintage tea cup, or cookie tin – try designing and planting your own bespoke succulent table setting.

Aussie natives

Not only are many Australian natives delicious enough to add to your Easter plate, they make for some pretty stunning table decor, too. By pruning yourself a couple of branches (if you missed it last week, here’s our guide on safe pruning), such as eucalyptus, and layering them on top of one another, you have easily found yourself a centrepiece winner.

If you want to take it a step further and actually get cooking with native ingredients, check out these recipe ideas that Australia’s top chefs shared with us over the summer.

Flowers, flowers, flowers

No tablescape is complete without some blooms, native or otherwise. Use this weekend as an opportunity to practice a bit of DIY floristry – if you need some inspiration to get started, here are some simple-but-stunning ideas for putting together your own table bouquet.

Its times like these where nature really is a gift that gives us the resources and inspiration we need.

If you feel like your garden needs some sprucing before the festivities begin, give your nearest Plant Life Balance accredited nursery a call, and they’ll be able to give you all the (physically distanced) help and supplies you need.

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