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How to Decorate the Polish Easter Basket

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We know the importance of the items that go inside the Polish Easter basket, but the decoration of the basket is also an integral part of the Polish Easter tradition. The type of decoration is really up the creativity of every individual, but there are a few, key components that the Polish basket tradition usually calls for: 

  1. Line the basket with a crisp, white linen napkin - though other colors or patterns can be used, the Polish custom typically calls for lining the Easter basket with a  neatly pressed, white linen napkin. The side walls of the basket can also be trimmed with white lace
  2. Colored ribbons - decorative ribbons can be wrapped around the handles of the basket. 
  3. Greenery - green branches should be placed inside the basket or attached at its sides. They are a symbol of life. Typically, watercress branches or twigs of thuja, yew branches or other coniferous branches are incorporated. 
  4. Flowers - Fresh flowers can also be placed within the basket as a decor element. Typically these are daffodils, but others can be incorporated as well. If fresh, large flowers don’t fit, alternatively small paper flowers can be attached to the sides or the handle of the basket. 
  5. Pisanki - whether you paint hard boiled eggs yourself or use decorative Polish wooden eggs, these also add a beautiful splash of color. 
  6. Easter palm - the vibrant and decorative Polish Easter palm is also often placed within the basket as an additional element of decor. 

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