It’s been quite some time since I did a decorations post and seeing as I’ve never done one for Ostara, I thought it was about time! Although this isn’t the most spiritual Sabbat for me, I’ve always enjoyed the cheerfulness of the season.
When I was a little girl, I can remember waking up on Easter morning every year to find my bedroom door closed (I always slept with it open so this meant there was something up.) There would be a new stuffed animal in front of the door which I would carry as I tiptoed into the hallway where I would find a trail of Hershey’s kisses, chocolate eggs and M’n’Ms leading me throughout the house. Along the way there would be books and at the end, an Easter basket. (Clearly my mom enjoyed planning these little holiday excursions.) There really is a lot of fun to be had with Ostara in the home, garden and candy aisle.
- Place colored eggs in unexpected places such as terrariums.
- String bunny, egg and chick-shaped cookie cutters on pastel ribbons and hang in windows or from kitchen chandeliers.
- Reorganize the furniture in at least one room of the house in terms of the balancing principles of feng shui.
- Weave bird’s nests out of pussy willow branches and fill with candy eggs. Use as décor or place settings at a dinner table.
- Fill trifle dishes with fresh carrots with leaves attached for a vibrant nod to the Bunny’s favorite snack. These are great as unconventional centerpieces!
- Press some of the first spring flowers of the year and place under glass or in a shadowbox to showcase them for many Ostaras to come.
- Set a formal, elegant table for an Ostara meal outside, preferably on grass or under trees, for a beautiful contrast. Use mismatched chairs for a shabby chic look with a pastel tablecloth, alternating pastel cloth napkins and fine silverware.
- Spray paint willow branches in various pastel colors like pink, blue and yellow. These are great in tall glass vases on either side of a door or on a table in an entryway.
- Eggshells are great for lots of fun crafts. For example, use a toothpick to poke a small hole in eggs, dye in pastel colors and then use to make soy votive candles!
- Flowers are a really big part of Ostara. Pick up flowers (whether in the yard or at a florist) and make up several arrangements throughout the season in unique containers such as watering cans and rainboots.