Greek Easter Tablescape
This year, I thought that I would pay homage to Greek Orthodox Easter (which happens to fall on the same Sunday as Easter this year). While the Greeks are celebrating the same holiday, with the same meaning, they have some different traditions than the ones that I grew up with.
We always celebrate late in the day with friends and family . One family hosts, complete with spit roasting lambs that the men start turning early in the morning so that it is crispy and falling off the bone by the afternoon. All of the matriarchs make their best dishes, and you basically roll out of there stuffed to the brim. It is my kind of celebration.
But early in the day, we celebrate just with just our family, and have brunch.
One of the traditions that I learned about the very first year, and that has always stood out to me are the eggs. They play a game with these eggsThe brilliant red eggs (that symbolize the blood of Christ) are the focal point of this tablescape. They are combined with the beautiful white eggs that remind me of Spring, and rebirth. Together I found them to be breathtaking and far more exciting than flowers.
If you are interested in making these red eggs (I died 10 dozen of them)-let me tell you how. After 30$ worth of red food coloring, I couldn’t figure out why they were still pink! My mother in law came over and solved the mystery! I guess the trick is to use Ritz fabric dye in “scarlett.” I used 3 packets for the 10 dozen eggs. Boil the eggs in a huge pot, with the dye, for about 20 minutes. When they are drained and cool, then shine them up with a bit of olive oil on a soft rag. Clearly DO NOT EAT THESE!!!! the fabric dye is NOT edible! There are however, many recipes out there if you would like to keep them edible. When the eggs are ready, the Greeks play a game where each person gets an egg and they all tap the eggs against the other guests eggs and the person who doesn’t crack their egg wins!
I did however tuck a few fresh jasmine blossoms in with the eggs. Whenever the Greeks speak of their saints, they talk about the smell of Jasmine. As there is a lovely vine blooming at this time of year right outside our kitchen window, it worked out nicely, and was very fragrant.
On the buffet, along with two big bowls of white eggs was a giant arrangement of white tulips and white and blue fragrant hyacinth.
It was meant to emulate the colors in the china and glass wear and to feel fresh and very Spring like.
While I was inspired by Greek Easter for this table, it could certainly be used as inspiration for any Easter table!Print Recipe
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What a beautiful table in every detail. I especially like the buffet arrangement. And the symbolism of the red and white eggs – a wonderful reminder of the reason for the celebration. Thank you for sharing all of this.
funny – i kept thinking the red eggs were tomatoes, the color was so vibrant!!
I’m spending Easter in Santorini, so I’m looking forward to celebrating a REAL greek easter! 🙂
Jen- take tons of pictures!!! I bet it will be so crazy!
You are amazing. The tablescape is so elegant. I love the red eggs!
JUst perfect, so beautifully captured!
So gorgeous! What a fun egg cracking custom. Something I’m having the kids do this year.
I love this- I am Greek and I did my eggs and they came out orange-ish so I just ran out to buy the RIT in scarlett! I am hooked and will be following you Heather!
You always have such a beautiful table put together. Thanks for sharing all the details…right down to the plates and glasses. Just curious – do you have a warehouse with all the beautiful dishes you own 🙂 I am running out of space for the dishes I have and every time I visit your site, I find another beautiful item for inspiration!
Oh! You are so nice- thank you!! When we moved into this house I thought we had Soooo much storage. But I sure took care of that!! I am actually at capacity. I feel like I will have to build a storage shed in the back. My dish obsession is like another womans shoe obsession!
The article you wrote is really good.
I love Greek Easter – our family celebrates it differently. All the women stay at home Sunday morning and all the men go visiting the women.. there is ouzo, brandy, koulouria and red eggs. Lunch is much later in the day.. when the men come home.. love it – every single year!
The jasmine blossoms are a beautiful touch against the red eggs. I just love it. I’m so happy I stumbled on to your website. Would you be able to tell me where you bought your glasses from. They are what I have been looking for. I have my moms Greek key dishes, and the glasses would look great with them.
I get my red dye from one of the Greek stores near my home. Some times the church sells them when they have their Greek festival. Thanks again for sharing your creativity
Thanks Kathy! The Blue glasses I borrowed from my mom. The gold greek key are mine, but I found them in a vintage shop- they are from the 1960’s Maybe try ebay? Thank you very much 🙂
Everything about this is lovely… the story, the decor, the red eggs! Takes me right back to childhood! Any chance you could share a source for the loop de loop candlesticks on your sideboard – I’m obsessed! 😉
Hi Emily- they are old but L’objet- the brand has beautiful pieces every season!
Hi Heather! Happy Easter! I hadn’t realized you were familiar with our traditions! I am so glad you shared this. Many wishes from Greece!
Thank you Vicky! Yes! My husband is Greek!
It’s all about the experience. Your mother-in-law came over and solved that mystery! I agree that the trick was to use Ritz fabric dye in “scarlett.” Keep sharing 🙂