Easter Tablescape Ideas
Nothing says Easter and Spring like birds nests and Robin Blue Eggs! Celebrate this Easter with a pretty turquoise and white with robin blue color scheme for your holiday table setting. A white ruffled cake stand provides the base for this one of a kind centerpiece with a moss filled grapevine wreath and white peonies are nested together for the hard boiled Robin blue eggs. The eggs were made with an old fashioned dye recipe using red cabbage and white vinegar for the intense blue egg color. I know I said red cabbage.. read more to see how these eggs turn blue and to know if you have a good egg or a bad egg in the stock pot.
Easter Table Scape Idea|Bands & Branches
Ideas for a pretty table can be created with items you have at home. Glass candle canisters can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. For our Easter table I used turquoise blue satin sheer ribbon as bands for this decorative flair and touch of color and coordination with table color scheme. Tall thin branches from the yard was spray painted white to insert inside the container to add the needed balance for height on the table.
Turquoise gum balls are placed around the center cap that will hold the white branches in place. The center cup is a lid from a spray paint can that has a center that will hold the taped together tree branch stems in place. Gum balls were used because I couldn’t find blue small eggs that would fit inside the canister. Now I have a lot of gum to chew while working on other projects. LOL..
Tip: This canister can be used to decorate tables for showers, weddings, and other celebrations that need a simple but elegant centerpiece.
Easter Table Scape Idea|Place setting and Centerpiece
A Turquoise and White color scheme for this Easter table
For this simple place setting, a medium blue ruffled place mat is used as the foundation for the setting. Next layer is a crackled finished charger that adds a pop of color with all the white and turquoise. The classic white dinner plate accents the white napkin fold with turquoise blue ribbon, the same color as the centerpiece canister banding, while a cute little grapevine wreath with moss holds a gold flecked robin egg. A white tablecloth provides a crisp spring =like feel for the color scheme.
My favorite centerpiece is the grapevine wreath filled with moss , white peonies and the robin blue eggs. The peonies are faux flowers but when in season (May) for us southerners, you could use the real thing for a lovely bloom and fragrance. The white ruffled cake stand has a pretty turquoise blue ribbon tied into a bow to help ground the stand on the white table cloth. The eggs are fun to make to!
Easter Table Scape Idea|Robin Blue Eggs
When cooking with eggs, how do you know if you have a good egg? Here are a few tips to consider when making sure your eggs are good to go.
Tip:1 If you immerse an egg in cold water and the egg floats to the top, the egg is too old and not to be used.
Tip 2: If the egg once in water stands on the end vertically, but doesn’t float to the top of the water line, the egg is older but still good to eat.
Tip 3: Generally fresh eggs will lay on their sides the way the eggs are in this stock pot -they are good to boil and eat.
Start with hard boiling eggs, you will need a dozen for this project. Place room temperature eggs in a large stock pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium heat allow to boil 4 minutes. Cover with a lid and turn off heat. Allow eggs to set for 25 minutes. Remove lid and drain and dry eggs. Place eggs in refrigerator until ready to dye.
While your eggs are boiling/resting, chop one head of cabbage into pieces. Place raw cabbage in a large stock pot or saucepan and cover with 8 cups of water. Bring cabbage to a rolling boil, lower heat and let the cabbage cook until it looks gray in color. About an hour or so. Turn off heat and allow the cabbage water to cool before draining. The water will look red. I know it is strange, but it is o.k. My grandmother used to do this and sometimes she would also use brown onion skins to make dark brown eggs. I haven’t tried red onions for this blue dye but it sure would make your eyes sting. Red onions have a potent gas /fume/aroma… well the cabbage does too, but your eyes won’t water. ha ha
Next step, drain the cabbage and return the dye to the saucepan. Add 6 Tablespoons white vinegar to this mixture , stir to blend. then add hard boiled eggs. Let the eggs sit in the water at least one hour, but turning every 20 minutes so the eggs don’t over color in one spot. The heat is not on, you are not cooking these eggs again.
Tip: It is best if the eggs don’t touch each other, but if your pan is small, just make sure you stir the eggs or move them around with out cracking more often so they don’t have unwanted spots from touching each other.
Tip2: I took out three eggs after one hour they became a pretty light blue, see photo below. To make the eggs darker, let them sit in the dye for 3- 10 hours, whatever you have time for and the deepness of color that you want. For the darkest eggs in the centerpiece, I put the saucepan with dye and eggs in refrigerator over night.
After the eggs were the color I wanted, I took a slotted spoon and drained the eggs on paper towel. Do not touch the eggs while wet, I found the dye comes off pretty easy. Wait until the eggs completely dry before handling or painting.
To speckle the eggs I used an edible gold air brush paint and a small paint brush to fleck the eggs. You could use gold paint to do the same if you are not planning to eat the eggs.
Tip: Generally we do not eat the hard boiled eggs after dying especially if they are made a week in advance of the event, or if they are cracked in any way. Use your own wisdom on when or if to eat a dyed hard boiled egg. I usually just use them for decorating and not for eating. If you have a bunch of eggs leftover, from what I learned from my mom, birds will eat them, they like the shells but also the chopped eggs. If they don’t eat them then the wild critters will.
Be careful eating hard boiled dyed eggs, especially if they have been cracked ,damaged or longer than 1 day outside the refrigerator. I use dyed eggs for decorating purposes only and not for eating.
- 1 medium head of red cabbage
- 8 cups water
- 12-14 hard boiled white eggs
- 6 Tablespoons white vinegar
- Decorate: Edible Gold Paint for Flecking
- tested Gold Sheen Amerimist-Confectionery House.com
- Hard boil 12-14 white eggs, set aside.
- Bring to a boil 8 cups water in large stock pan or saucepan.
- Chop head of cabbage into large and small pieces, place in boiling water.
- Boil the cabbage until cabbage turns somewhat gray in color, then turn off heat.
- Allow mixture to cool to lukewarm. Drain cabbage from saucepan, reserve dyed water.
- Water will be reddish pink.
- Add white vinegar, stir to combine.
- Add hard boiled eggs, do not allow eggs to touch.
- Make sure dye covers the eggs entirely in saucepan.
- After 20 minutes gently stir eggs to turnover to dye evenly.
- Dye eggs the desired color, one hour up to 24.
- Remove eggs with slotted spoon onto paper towel, do not rub eggs.
- Allow eggs to dry naturally before picking up and using.
- To Speckle Eggs:
- Pour small amount of gold edible paint into a custard cup, with toothbrush or small firm paint brush,
- Dip brush in paint and run your index finger in the brush to cause the specks.
- Allow to dry then repeat on other side of egg for even coverage.
- Allow eggs to dry before using.
The red cabbage with the white vinegar makes the dye turn turn the eggs blue. you will think you made a mistake because the dye is red, but they will turn blue. Have fun!
Idea inspired by Honestly Yum blog site.
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