Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Happy Easter Setting!

As the song goes, "because I'm happy", a fun Easter tablescape was designed to welcome both my children home for Easter!  It's not too often these days that we are all together at the same time.  With Child #1 living in New York, and Child #2 still in college at VA Tech, we cannot seem to get our schedules to work out so that everyone is home at the same time.  I am happy to say that it hopefully will work out that we will all be together for Easter this year!  I think they decided to come because Easter Sunday is also my birthday.  So I will prepare all of our favorite Easter dishes, and we will enjoy good food and each other's company!!  What a fantastic birthday present!!  

My spring table was changed up a bit and became an Easter table.  The napkin rings, salad plate, and centerpiece were changed, but the dishes, flatware, and glasses are the same.  

I created a centerpiece arrangement using a wheelbarrow-type container, Easter eggs, and spring flowers.
The bunnies were purchased this year at HomeGoods, and I found a cute little basket for this guy to hold.
The salad plate was changed to yellow, which brought out the yellow in the arrangement.
The bunny napkin rings have been around a long time.  Wish I had more than four!!

I believe the bunnies are Fitz & Floyd.
 This fellow has a cute little butterfly that has landed on his backside.
The flowers in the arrangement are artificial, and I purchased the glitter eggs at Michaels.  For our actual dinner, I will more than likely prepare a fresh arrangement.  That's the plan for right now!

I will serve spinach artichoke dip and chips upon their arrival using this silver tray, white basket, and cabbage bowl.
This tray livens up the kitchen counter.

I enjoy using this trumpet vase on the island because it doesn't take up much space.

Peace, happiness, and joy to you at Easter and always!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Home Tour

Today we are touring the home of a friend of mine who is an interior designer.  She was kind enough to have us over for Easter dinner last year, and I've been saving these photos to share with you!  She displays bunnies throughout her beautiful home all year, but the bunnies quickly multiply at Easter, and the design is whimsical, elegant, and lovely! 

This bench is in the breakfast room, and holds a basket of veggies and a cute bunny holding spring flowers!
Also in the breakfast room, the credenza displays a collection of silver items, adorned with eggs and bunnies!  The azaleas are real, and were displayed throughout her home.  Each item is displayed with such detail in mind, such as the bees on the glitter candles.
A beautiful spring wreath welcomes guests.
Before the dining table is set for dinner, a lovely arrangement of spring flowers, eggs, and Easter candy set the tone for a happy gathering.
On the kitchen island, an Easter bunny holds beautiful dogwoods.
Appetizers before the meal included shrimp cocktail.
A happy circle of bunnies hold a beautiful Easter lilly on the breakfast table where the food was served.
More azaleas!
This bunny guards his eggs in a basket on the floor in the breakfast room.
The console in the foyer is beautiful with a display of dogwood in a silver trumpet vase, metallic eggs in a silver basket, and a cute artistic bunny!
A close-up of the console table with metallic eggs and artistic bunny.

The table is set with fine china, lovely linens, and sterling flatware.  Fresh lavender is displayed in tiny vases.
Silver candlelabras hold lavender glitter candles.
Vintage glassware for wine, water, and iced tea.
In the living room, an enormous Easter tree is decorated with dogwood blooms and many different Easter ornaments.

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny are ready for the festivities to begin!
The view into the living room from the foyer.
The vase of flowers is moved to a pedestal leading into the bedroom.
A large silver tray holds a bunny pitcher, sugar, creamer, napkins, and vintage spoon.

Happy Easter!

Sorry for the blurred photographs, but I felt they were still worth sharing.  I had camera issues and had to use my cell phone.  Think I have those issues taken care of (hopefully).

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Perfect Setting's Wearing of the Green

A little blast from the past, my take on St. Patrick's Day!!

With St. Patrick's Day fast approaching, I have been thinking of tablesettings.  To be perfectly honest, I am not the least bit Irish, but I am all about a great celebration, for whatever reason I can come up with.  That being said, I do not have anything at all relating to St. Patrick's Day.  When I was a child, I did not even have any green clothing, and I would have great anxieties of being pinched for not wearing green.  So my mother would dig through her costume jewelry, and come up with something green that I could wear so I wouldn't be pinched. 

We do have a huge celebration in our neighborhood, as one of my neighbors is Irish.  He will rent a huge tent, hire a band, and the street will be partitioned off.  Hopefully I can dig through my jewelry box and find something that will show my support!

So today, my table is green, sort of, so I won't be "pinched". 
Come on in, and we'll take a closer look.
I found this great ivory lace drapery panel at an outlet store, greatly reduced, and layered it over a white tablecloth.

I tried several different chargers, and decided on these mirrored ones recently purchased at Tuesday Morning.

China is Greenwich by Minton.

Napkins are ivory and are held with a crystal ring.  The design reminded me a little of a clover? maybe? The little butter patty dishes were my Mom's.
I wish I knew the pattern for these wine stems.  I inherited these as well from my Mom's collection. I love the etched design.  The iced beverages were acquired recently from Craigslist!
I remember these candelabras were always on my Mother's sideboard when I was growing up.  They were my maternal grandmother's.

After reading Bill's last post at Affordable Accoutrements on silver overlay, I looked through my china cabinet and found this sugar and creamer.  It looks similar to what he was referring to, but there were no markings, so I'm not sure it's actually silver or an imitation.  I think they are pretty cool regardless...

I added this little vintage clover dish just for fun!

Originally I had planned to use just yellow, white, and green in my centerpiece.  But I saw this bouquet in the store for $9.99, added greenery from my yard and assembled this with a hurricane globe and candle in a silver tray.  The claret-colored alstroemeria blended in with the colors in my dining room.

I recently found this great Maitland-Smith metal urn at an antique mall and just couldn't pass it up!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!!