Hop into Spring with a DIY Ayurveda-themed Easter Tablescape
It feels like Spring has sprung, which means that Easter is just a hop away. Easter is a great time to celebrate with family and friends. Set the right tone for your gathering with an unforgettable, easy-to-make tablescape. Luckily, we have some DIY suggestions to help you create a beautiful tablescape for this special day.
For this pastel-hued holiday, we used a color palette of violets and purples. In Ayurveda color therapy called Varna therapy, color is used to treat dosha imbalances which promote peace of mind. It’s believed that by changing the colors we surround ourselves with, we can gradually improve our wellbeing. We chose violet because it not only promotes a peaceful mind, it stimulates imagination, spiritual growth and inspires high ideals. Soft colors like violet are used to cool and calm people with Pitta doshas who tend to be hot. Purple was chosen because it’s a color of passion, which stimulates the mind when energy is low. Warm stimulating colors like purple are used for people with Vata doshas who are cold and Kapha doshas who are sluggish.
Our Easter tablescape included Hanging Floral Egg Vases that spelled out Happy Easter, Ayurveda-themed Easter baskets, and an Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece using natural tea-dye. Egg dying is fun and easy, so why waste money on artificial Easter egg dye when you can use berries, vegetables, teas and spices to create just about any color. Plus, who needs all the extra chemicals! All of our Easter eggs were dyed with hibiscus tea, which is also used in our Head Over Hibiscus lollipops.
Here’s how we prepared our eggs:
- 12 white shell color boiled eggs
- 8 TBSP hibiscus tea
- 4 cups water
- 4 TBSP white vinegar
Cool boiled eggs, then rinse them in soapy water to remove oils that can impede color adherence.
Combine hibiscus tea and water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in vinegar. Place boiled eggs in the hibiscus tea-dye and refrigerate. Leave the boiled eggs in the tea-dye for 1-2 hours or until you reach the desired color. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon or tongs and let dry in an egg carton. Handle eggs with care because the tea-dye comes off easily before it dries.
- For a deeper hue, add more hibiscus tea and keep the eggs in the tea-dye overnight in the refrigerator.
- Once the eggs are dry, rub with cooking oil to give them a nice sheen.
- We used cream of tartar instead of vinegar for some of our tea-dyed eggs, which created amazing purple, pink and gray
multi-colored spotted eggs.
(recipe adapted from Art of Tea)
The Ayurveda-themed Easter baskets are pretty and multi-functional. We used coconut planter liners, which were hole-punched and threaded with purple wired ribbons. These Easter baskets can be repurposed later to line your planters. Instead of using plastic grass, we chose shredded paper, which can be recycled. Our baskets contained plastic eggs filled with lots of goodies including Ayurvedic herbal teas, lavender Essie nail polish, and lip gloss infused with real flowers. An Easter basket wouldn’t be complete without candy, we included Dosha Pops which are made with herbal teas, spices, and essential oils. We also included egg-shaped soaps in a mini egg carton (cuteness factor) and small packets of floral printed tissues. You can get really creative with your Ayurveda-themed baskets. For example, discover the Easter basket recipient’s dosha by taking our dosha test, then choose items based on their dosha. Alternatively, create baskets for all three doshas!
Easter without cuddly animals wouldn’t be much fun at all. We were delighted to have these well-behaved fuzzy friends model for our Easter tablescape. Hareson Ford is a Lionhead bunny rabbit, so cute. We love Hareson’s chill personality. Plus who can resist his mane encircling his head like a male lion. Feta and Nina are Silkie chickens, whose fluffy plumage feels like silk. Bet you can guess which one is Feta! It’s said that Silkies are considered an ideal pet. If these two lovelies are representative of their breed, we agree. King, Storm, and Crow are Magpie ducklings that are as cute as pie! Their calm and friendly dispositions made our photo shoot even sunnier. As you can see, a fun time was had by all.
Thanks to everyone that helped us create our Easter tablescape including our Dosha Pops model Brittany. Her photos with the bunny rabbit brought smiles to all. Hareson hopped into Brittany’s lap and heart. Special thanks go Lydia and her husband Robert, who are the parents of our furry models. Lydia JA Langley is the owner of Home to Roost which is a backyard chicken consulting service located in Lower Hudson Valley New York. Talk about the freshest Easter eggs in town!