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Easter decorating made easy

  • Associated Press
  • Published Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 7:13 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 7:29 a.m.

Fuzzy chicks and cute bunnies are part of the pastel pantheon of Easter decor, and their charm helps define the look of the season.

For people who like to decorate with a modern aesthetic, the key is simplicity, according to Kevin Sharkey, executive creative director for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. “It’s about a controlled color palette,” he said.

Easter candies can be used to create a graphic tablescape. Fill plain glass cylinders or apothecary jars with single- or multi-colored jellybeans for a colorblock effect. Consider adding a pillar candle, or place a smaller plant or vase inside a bigger container and fill the spaces in between with confections.

“Buy a bunch of the same style chocolate rabbit in different sizes and arrange them going down the center of the table like a runner,” Sharkey suggests.

Or fill a low tray with colorful Peeps, another classic Easter treat that happens to be one of Sharkey’s favorites.

MarthaStewart.com has Easter-egg crafts and decor suggestions such as using egg cups as vases for diminutive bouquets of lily of the valley or pansies.

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