I added swans frolicking in tulips of several colors.
I used a flower-drenched table runner in pastels that came home with me last year.
And in the center are various shades of pink faux tulips in a vintage vase. I had wanted to use tulips from the yard, but the only ones that have bloomed so far served as a midnight snack for the deer that visit several nights a week! These certainly reflect the exuberance of spring in the landscape.
I wanted the plate stack to capture the greens, blues and yellows of spring. The dinner plates and silverware are our wedding patterns, which we both still love. A friend gave me the lovely dessert plates that are topped with antique sherbet glasses in a softer blue (which I also used here).
I think the cutwork and embroidery on the napkins mimic irises. I had sent them to the cleaners so they are a bit crisper than usual!
I just had to use these hand-crafted pewter salt cellars that I bought at the recent American Craft Council show. The first is a flower pod, the second a ginkgo leaf. I love that the spoons are small twigs.
I often decorate the buffet in the same theme as the table. In the center I placed a gorgeous swan tureen, flanked by faux tulips that I had found last month.
A different setting, a different arrangement - I always try to use what I have in different ways.
I have had the swans for more than 20 years, and always showcase them in the spring.
I think this table would be festive for any brunch or dinner in spring!
Table runner | Crate & Barrel
Chargers, tureen, candle holders | Fitz and Floyd
Dinner plates | Mikasa 'Imperial Lapis'
Dessert plates | Wedgwood 'April Beaded'
Sherbet glasses | Cambridge 'Moonlight Blue'
Mimosa flutes | Marquis by Waterford 'Hanover Gold'
Silverware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century
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