It has taken me over 10 years of living in the Northeast to accept that Easter does not mean we get to wear sundresses.
When I was a little girl, we always had Easter at my glamour-granny’s home in Palm Springs, where everyday life felt like a special party. Even everyday breakfast – where she would preside over the dining room table set with crystal glasses and beautiful turquoise china wearing her flowing house-gown-robe. Toast with butter and the most amazing boysenberry jam were served with silver from the elegant tea-cart pulled up next to her seat at the head of the table. I learned to like V-8 vegetable juice, just so I could drink out of the delicate crystal glasses it was served in. I have those goblets in my cupboard today and love them probably a little too much. They remind me of the beautiful way of living that my glamour-granny cultivated every day. I try to capture that “everyday special” nuance when I think about the way I want to feel about my life and home.
Little things – like using crystal goblets, eating yummy jam, and wearing cute shoes – can make the everyday feel special. I wish I wasn’t like this, but the things that surround me and what I wear really does affect my mood. We may not be able to wear sundresses tomorrow, but I am determined to wear something other than clogs and boots. Around here, there is still snow on the ground in places, but the daffodils and croci are starting to pop up anyway and I am way overdue for cute shoe season.
Another thing that makes the “everyday” feel a little special are flowers. I made the arrangement of tulips above to bring as a hostess gift for Easter dinner tomorrow. I love pink and orange together!
You can easily make it yourself:
1. Put some baby carrots in the bottom of a vase.
2. Bundle your tulips together so the heads are even and cut the stems to a height about twice as tall as your vase.
3. Wrap them with a rubber band, set them in the vase.
4. Pack it with more carrots and add water.
Even though it is too cold for sundresses and we are having a casual dinner with neighbors, I will be making Easter baskets for my tweens and teens, wearing my cute shoes, and bringing flowers to my friend’s home. These things are not necessary, and maybe some would say they are a waste of time and superficial, but they are the small ways I can make my life feel special and give my kids a taste of the “everyday special” feeling my glamour-granny gave me.