Easter not only confirms the arrival of spring it tempts us with a foretaste of the summer to come.
Much like a junior partner of Christmas, it is a time when family and friends can come together to enjoy good food, convivial company, and maybe a chocolate egg or two.
To celebrate the end of winter, leading interior design house Neptune have some recommendations for creating a truly lovely Easter lunch.
Florals are the big look this year, and Neptune have come up with a cunning plan to create an instant hanging garden that will bring your Easter table to life.
Using an old timber crate, which you can buy pre-painted and attach to the ceiling using ceiling hooks and lengths of thin rope, they have created a base for hanging a floral display.
Their lifelike flowers, which keep allergies at bay and do not interfere with delicious food aromas, work beautifully together, so pick and mix from pale pinks, blues, whites, and greens, and do not forget to vary the length of the stems for better effect.
The less ambitious can still create a lovely fresh look at the festive table by combining pure white bone china with a secondary set of tableware to bring in colour and pattern.
Blending Neptune’s white Fenton crockery with their new sage green Winsford collection produces a wonderful combination with a prettiness that feels just right for this time of year.
Presenting each component of your Easter lunch in carefully chosen vessels, such as ceramic jugs and pretty platters, is another way of bringing effortless elegance to the occasion.
See www.neptune.com for Irish stockists.