Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Sunday Dinner

Are you tired of seeing tables set for Easter? I'm not! I have really enjoyed seeing all kinds of Easter tables -- whimsical, elegant, casual, formal, outdoor, or what-have you! I appreciate the inspiration from so many talented tablescapers and always look forward to Tablescape Thursday at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch.

I've pulled out my "good stuff" for this table -- my wedding china, crystal, and silver chosen almost 40 years ago -- plus some newer finds.  Here's the view from the kitchen doorway. 
A little closer look:
The placesetting starts with some new placemats and napkins from Pier 1 in a pale shade of turquoise.  They look almost baby blue in these photos, for some reason.  The china, Lenox Windsong, includes flowers in the same shade.  The crystal is Lenox Moonspun (and is shared by several bloggers who married around the same time we did!), and the silver is Lunt Belvedere. 
Here's a diner's view:
The table is centered with candles and small arrangements of cream-colored roses and alstroemeria in silverplate julep cups. The roses were $7.99 a dozen this week at HEB, and I filled in with the alstroemeria for a "fluffier" look.  The roses opened up after I took these photos -- I was too impatient!
Here's a different angle:

Thank you for visiting my table this week!  I hope you will leave a comment before you leave to visit all the wonderful tablescapes at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Breakfast for the Grands

I haven't been organized enough to link to Marty's Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life in a long time, but this week I finally have something to share.

My inspiration for this tablescape was a set of orange-checked napkins I picked up on sale at a Sur la Table recently.  I decided to set an Easter breakfast table with my two grandchildren in mind.  The table is set for three, in part because I bought only three of the polka dotted plates at Target a year or two ago.  (I know, The Tablescaper would be horrified!)
The highlight of the placesettings for the grandchildren, is, of course, the candy-filled "carrot"!
Other elements include a green placemat, white plate as charger, and dotted melamine plate, plus our everyday stainless, the checked napkin, and a plastic goblet.  I found only two of the goblets at Tuesday Morning, but they are made exactly like my blue Villeroy and Boch "My Garden" glasses, and I was surprised to pick them up and discover they were plastic.  I wish I could find more of these for outdoor use! 
Here's a closer look at the centerpiece.  My daughter gave me the cute little chicks last year.  I set them in a nest of shredded paper along with some faux eggs.  As you can see, the eggs have begun to hatch, and the chicks are starting to explore their new world!
Another view of the escaping chicks:
Unfortunately, we won't be with our grandchildren this Easter, but I promise to save the "carrots" for them!
Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I hope you'll leave a comment before you visit more fun table tops at Marty's A Stroll Thru Life!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lemon Love

This week's table features lemons, inspired by a printed runner I found on deep clearance at Bloomingdale's on a recent trip.  The price wasn't marked, so I asked a saleslady, who replied, "$2.99."  Sold!  It took about twenty minutes to figure out how to ring it up without a price tag, but I was determined to leave with the runner at that price!

The centerpiece just HAD to feature fresh lemons, which I piled into a Villeroy and Boch hurricane I've had for several years.  After taking these photos, three of the lemons were used to make a lemon bundt cake.

Given the bright, cheerful print of the runner, I kept the placesetting simple -- a plain yellow plate (Pier 1) topped with a Bordallo salad plate in Basketweave-Blue.  I only have two of the salad plates, so this is a table for two. 

Then I added blue heart-shaped covered ramekins from a Le Creuset outlet, blue goblets (Villeroy and Boch), blue napkins, and our everyday stainless.

Here's a closer look at the dishes against the runner.

Here's a view of the table.  I added blue glass candlesticks and candles to the lemon-filled hurricane.
I think the bright colors of the runner go well with my newly painted breakfast area and blue and white dishes on the baker's rack.

Here's a "diner's view" down the table.

It's a very simple table, but that's my style!  Thank you for visiting my table, and I hope you'll leave a comment before you visit the wonderful tablescapes featured on Tablescape Thursday this week at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch.