Pretty in pastels
With the arrival of longer days and lighter evenings, it’s time to drop the black and navy and refresh your winter wardrobe with some springtime colours. And with Easter just around the corner, that means celebrating the season with the traditional springtime palette of sweet, delicate pastel hues. Pastels are everywhere at this time of year, from soft primrose and hyacinth shades to sugary chocolate eggs and even interior decorating trends. Delicate, pale shades of blue, green, pink and yellow are always pretty and feminine, and you don’t have to stick to just one hue as they complement each other beautifully. Mix and match your pastels for a fresh and on-trend look that’s perfect for all occasions from hunting Easter eggs to a spring wedding. If you don’t want to wear pastels head-to-toe try combining a pale top with darker trousers or skirt, or contrast a lightweight pastel jacket with a print dress.
You can find lots of pastels everywhere right now – take a look at the new season’s ranges from British clothing companies such as David Nieper, John Smedley and the M&S Best of British collection for inspiration.
Baking up a treat
After giving up the sweet treats for Lent, Easter is the perfect time to indulge in some baking. Nothing beats a traditional homemade Simnel cake and hot cross buns, but there are so many more delicious recipes for you to enjoy making (and eating!). Good Housekeeping and BBC Good Food offer a wealth of ideas for yummy Easter cakes, bread and tarts. If you love baking indulge guests with a sumptuous chocolate truffle cake or delight the young-at-heart with Easter egg chocolate nests and bunny cupcakes. If you’re feeling adventurous, many countries have their own traditional Easter recipes so why not astonish your friends with an Italian dove-shaped colomba di Pasqua cake or a braided Greek tsoureki bread decorated with red coloured eggs!
Easter baskets are not just for kids! Filled with all sorts of edible treats from chocolate eggs and bunnies to wine and gourmet conserves for the grown-ups, they make a delightful seasonal gift for friends and family. Pretty willow or wire baskets filled with cheerful primroses and spring flowering bulbs are a lovely alternative to brighten the day and make a perfect table centrepiece for an Easter or spring-themed meal. It’s easy to make your own too – check out magazines and online tutorials for ideas how to decorate and fill your food or floral baskets.