Simple…  This is a perfect excuse to create a theme for your next dinner party and go beyond the food you are serving!  

Holidays are always family time and we try to make it special; serving favorite dishes, playing games and just enjoying the time together.  At Easter we associate the holiday with bunnies, duckies, and activities like egg hunts.  It is also the marking of Spring, a time of renewal and reflection.  

Dress your table in it’s Easter best.  A beautiful tablecloth, a throw,  or a flat sheet will work.   As with decorating a room with layers, you decorate a table in layers.  Using a second tablecloth or other fabric; pool it in the center of the table.  Next collect small houseplants, figurines, candles, and even river rock or jelly beans to be arranged as the centerpiece on the table.  Don’t forget to carry this theme to the buffet and other areas of the house where your guests will be!

For a Mexican Fiesta you could use things like: chili peppers, clay pots, Mexican tiles, sombreros….  Pots and hats can be lined with foil or plastic wrap and used for serving food and holding utensils.  The tiles are perfect trivets for the hot dishes.

A seafood buffet looks great with fish-netting, Adirondack chairs, sand, plastic buckets, shovels, and shells.  Blue and white serving ware and fish themed dinnerware adds a finishing touch. 

Have a flair for the tropical?  Those surongs that us gals love to wrap around ourselves make great table coverings.  If you are lucky enough to have palm trees; clip a few fronds to use as place mats.  Grass skirts and more of those surongs (you know you have one in every color) tied around the chairs adds a lot of fun!

One last one and then you are on your way to creating a theme for your next dinner party;  have an elegant affair that you need to host?  No problem!   Costume jewelry can be attached to napkin rings, pooled around bowls filled with flowers floating in water, a mixture of candle sticks with same color candles centered on the table. 

Stretch yourself next time you have a dinner party, pick out music, fabrics and serving ware to match a theme and take it to the next level.  You will have fun doing it and your guests will love it!