A massive shallow basket (it’s three feet long!) filled with finely shredded paper is an expansive “nest” for circles of green and purple eggs. For the deepest shades, Martha started with dark-brown eggs. She also covered a collection of mismatched baskets with green spray paint; the children use them for gathering additional eggs hidden outside.
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A Basket Brimming with Beautiful Blooms
Spring flowers and foliage—their lush ruffles overflowing an antique Japanese basket—are an exuberant centerpiece. Against the green of the hellebores and geranium leaves, purple tulips and sprightly fritillaria look all the more jewel-like. The flower stems are anchored in floral foam, which has been carved to fit inside a plastic liner in the basket. Decorating director Kevin Sharkey often comes up early to help Martha with flowers for parties, and this one was no exception.
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Martha makes extra cookies to display. To stand up the cookies, prop a few large ones against small clear glasses, adhering them to the glasses and the cake stand with dots of royal icing. Lean smaller cookies against the anchored ones. Add green jelly beans and malted egg candies all around.
Eggs & Bunnies Made Extra-Sweet
Cutout cookies decorated with royal icing and colored sanding sugars are welcome at any celebration. Martha’s brown-sugar cookies also happen to be easy to make assembly-line-style. For the ones with white and colored dots, pipe on some dots and let the icing dry. Then pipe on more dots and sprinkle them with colored sanding sugar while they’re still wet. For the cookies coated in icing, Martha didn’t pipe them at all— she dipped them into a shallow dish of icing before sugaring.
Martha’s guests gather at this farm-themed table. Eggs from her chickens and other types of birds are nestled in cabbage-leaf place mats. Antique faience lettuce plates and vintage Royal Copenhagen dinnerware from Martha’s collection continue the color scheme. Crepe-paper leaves sprout from napkins rolled to resemble purple carrots. Small arrangements of parrot tulips and hyacinths dot the table.
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An Easter Bunny as a Fanciful Planter
Look who’s hopped onto Martha’s porch, having filled his basket with flowers and foliage. The bunny’s stonelike look is actually courtesy of a coating of sand over a ceramic planter.
Planter (similar to shown), thesunshineshed.com
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