Egg-sellent ideas for the holiday weekend........

Conjure a blooming natural setting Chickens & Carnations design for placemats, set of four, �35, an

Conjure a blooming natural setting Chickens & Carnations design for placemats, set of four, �35, and coasters, set of four, �15, from Thornback & Peel. Picture: Thornback & Peel/PA Photo/Handout. - Credit: PA

Easter decor - get cracking with thes egg-citing buys

Let rabbits rule in rooms Felt Hanging Egg Bunny Rabbit, �2.50, John Lewis. Picture: John Lewis/PA

Let rabbits rule in rooms Felt Hanging Egg Bunny Rabbit, �2.50, John Lewis. Picture: John Lewis/PA - Credit: PA

Easter’s a time for celebrations, from egg hunts to gatherings of family and friends for a slap-up feast - and it makes the occasion even more special if you set the scene with some ‘spring-spired’ decor touches.

There are three key looks to choose from. Get down with the kids and opt for pretty pastels, with a generous helping of fluffy bunnies (rabbits rule this year) and chicks, or be inspired by nature (this season’s all about the outdoors bursting into life and colour). Alternatively, go grown-up with a sophisticated setting and simple, subtle touches, that just pay a nod to the festival.

With Easter celebrations almost as big a deal as Christmas now, there’s a brilliant selection of homeware and accessories to fill your nest with. Here are some of our favourites...

Let rabbits rule in rooms

Easter Egg Hanging Decorations in wood, set of six, �18; Glitter Rabbits Decorations, Assorted, pack

Easter Egg Hanging Decorations in wood, set of six, �18; Glitter Rabbits Decorations, Assorted, pack of two, �4; Foam Bird Easter Decorations, Assorted, �5 each, Felt Hanging Bunny Rabbit, �2.50; Easter Hanging Egg Decoration, Gold Stripe, �3.50; John Lewis. Picture: John Lewis/PA - Credit: PA

Hop to it and make the Easter Bunny the star of the show. Add to the fun with a wall display of family photos and embellish each face with cut out paper rabbit ears, and a nose and whiskers. Let children create their own rabbit ‘burrow’ using a tent, or rig up a sheet draped over chairs for a den, where they can retreat and enjoy their egg-hunt hauls.

Follow the Scandinavian tradition and decorate tree branches, either gathered from the garden and sprayed white, or buy a ready-made Easter tree. Hobbycraft has Decorative White Twig Trees from £18 each that would be ideal for the task. Hang with tiny ornaments, from bunnies and birds, to eggs and chicks. Garlands and bunting will add to the atmosphere.

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Conjure a blooming natural setting

Spring is all about waking up from winter’s dark days and welcoming new growth and life. Bringing nature-inspired elements into decor represents the season and Easter perfectly.

Create a blooming natural setting Floral Easter Nest Decoration, Multi, �10, John Lewis. Picture Jo

Create a blooming natural setting Floral Easter Nest Decoration, Multi, �10, John Lewis. Picture John Lewis/PA Photo - Credit: PA

If the weather’s not co-operating and your garden’s bare, it’s still easy to conjure a fresh setting of blooms and foliage. Feature small hand-tied bunches of fresh flowers in vases or clear glass jars, or create a display with faux blooms hanging above a table as a focal point. Lay an artificial grass table runner down the centre as a finishing touch. Faux effects are so realistic now, it’s sometimes barely possible to distinguish them from the real thing.

Add to the theme with a table centre piece - either a pretty Easter wreath or faux birds’ nest, and a scattering of animal ornaments. Chickens & Carnations Placemats (£35 for set of four) and matching Chicken Coasters (£15 for set of four), from Thornback & Peel, would make a lovely addition.

Lay an egg-cellently elegant table

For a sophisticated setting, move away from pastels and cuteness and focus instead on a collection of beautiful eggs framed in a garland of seasonal flowers. Enhance the effect by tying a hanging egg decoration to the back of each chair with a name label attached, and add a couple of other tiny eggs beside the placemats, or in a bowl, for each guest.

Lay an egg-cellently elegant table Swirly Bling Bunny Plate, edged in 22 carat gold, from �36 to �6

Lay an egg-cellently elegant table Swirly Bling Bunny Plate, edged in 22 carat gold, from �36 to �66, Rory Dobner. Picture: Rory Dobner/PA Photo - Credit: PA