A Swedish Easter

Our Easter celebrations back home in Sweden is a rich smorgasbord of food, sweet treats and decorative ornaments. Not forgetting the table setting! Colourful feathers on twigs, beautiful table mats with elegant napkins and hand decorated paper eggs filled with sweets and perhaps a little gift.

After a dark and cold winter in Scandinavia, Easter celebration truly marks the arrival of spring. The buffet style table serve up pickled herring, smoked salmon, Västerbotten paj (a cheese quiche), lamb, Janssons Frestelse and akvavit to toast! As joyful and important celebration as Christmas.

Over the years, I have created a number of different Easter table settings and I have composed them here for a bit of inspiration. Colourful feathers is a must, either to use for the table or tie onto long twigs in a vase. Name cards can be handmade with brown Kraft labels. Add a little ribbon or tie them on to an ornament. I have also used candle centre pieces which I filled with eggs and feathers.

Another idea is to use a cake stand with glass dome which I filled with straw, eggs and feathers. Uncooked eggs can be covered in red onion peel, covered with tinfoil then boiled. This will colour the eggs beautifully in a burgundy pattern or colour.

Easter table setting Ida-Lilja pink placemats natural linen Easter table setting Ida-Lilja pink placemats natural linen by NINA D Easter table setting Ida-Lilja pink placemats natural linen

The dusky pink Ida-Lilja placemats with coasters work beautifully paired with our natural linen runners and napkins. In the centre I placed long twigs of willow (one of my favourites). Here I also used the cake glass dome over a display of straw, eggs and feathers.

Easter Spring table setting with Nina D's placemats in Gotland design. Handmade in UK, luxury quality table mats with natural linen napkins. Swedish Easter decoration with colourful feathers tied onto twigs. Handmade linen napkins in ochre yellow for Easter table setting with Artist Nina D Scandi inspired homeware

The Gotland design in its coastal landscape, with a nod to yellow on the limestone rock formations is perfect on a wooden table for a more rustic and natural look. Tall twigs with colourful feathers can be created for a large vase that can be placed on the table or even on the floor. The handmade linen napkins in mustard yellow are lovely with black cutlery for an edgier look.

Easter table setting Stortorget placemats design by Swedish Artist Nina D Scandi inspired homeware Easter table setting Stortorget placemats design by Swedish Artist Nina D Scandi inspired homeware Easter table setting Stortorget placemats design by Swedish Artist Nina D Scandi inspired homeware

Our Stortorget design with the ochre yellow leaves is another lovely choice for Easter table. Adding white linen and lots of yellow feathers for decoration. The hand written name cards are Kraft labels with brown silk ribbon tied at the end. An elegant setting in fresh spring colours.