If you love to entertain in your home, spring is a time of year when setting a table for a dinner party is delightful way to bring the beauty of nature indoors, especially at Easter dinner.  Here are some creative and fun ideas for setting a table that will have you and your guests celebrating life, love, friendship and new beginnings!

Evoke a feeling of tranquility in your dining room by combining fresh roses, peonies, and hyacinth to create a delicate bouquet for your Easter centerpiece.

Include a speckled surprise!  A wee nest with an egg dyed a soft shade of blue makes a fitting place-card holder for a nature inspired, spring-time table.

If you are thinking about a more casual or "kid friendly" table, consider going with bright colors. A whimsical, candy-colored theme fits perfectly on a sunny spring day!  A bag of jelly beans is an excellent inspiration for the colors to use on this Easter table.

Here is an “egg-cellent” idea…use every day items as “egg holders”.  This is an enjoyable way to allow kids to help decorate.  They can dye eggs in colors to match your theme and then find clever ways to display them.  Candle stick holders are just one example of everyday items that can be used for this purpose.

If your dinner party includes young children, have a special treat for them as part of their place setting. Baa Baa Black and White Sheep treats are sure to impress. To shape the body, use melted white candy coating (found in the baking aisle) to secure miniature marshmallows to one Pepperidge Farm Milano Black & White cookie. Attach Peanut M & M’s for hooves. Use a second Milano cookie for the head, and attach miniature marshmallows and miniature chocolate morsels for the eyes. Use flattened marshmallows, pinched together at one end, to make ears.

Butterflies not only elicit thoughts of spring; they also symbolize rebirth in the most compelling way. Wire silk butterflies to the stems of champagne glasses for a simple, but elegant touch.