Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bunnies and Blossoms

Spring is officially here! Time to set a table for spring and Easter brunches!

I gathered an assortment of bunnies and placed them in the center and at each place setting.

Medium blue plates in a trellis design are set on placemats in spring hues. Trellises are forever associated with garden flowers and seemed the perfect complement to the table theme.

Pairs of small bunnies on coordinating trays are the cutest salt and pepper shakers!

On top of the plate stack are egg cups filled with faux eggs, which will be replaced by real eggs at brunch.

This bunny pair doesn't have an undertray, so I set them on flower coasters in pretty colors. I think the coasters play off the black and white bunnies. I love that they're munching on tiny carrots!

Down the center of the table on faux leaves are larger bunnies sporting pink and green bows. They're surrounded by fun carrots and more eggs. Do you see the baby bunnies frolicking on her back?

This one has been caught sitting in the flowers!

The vase overflows with spring blossoms from my garden -- cherry branches, daffodils and the last of the camellias.



I added the first blooms from the white azaleas to the centerpiece,

as well as the pink blossoms from our native azalea shrub. The leaves were plucked from the camellia next to the side door.
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I love the detail on each of the bunnies!

The egg cups are sweetly covered in flowers, with butterflies and bees. Sparkling gold rims both the cups and the china.

I've used lavender napkins with a pretty crocheted edge. And to bring the table up a notch, I brought out our wedding silver, which we use quite often. I've found that the more you use silver, the less you have to polish it (which is a good thing!).

Rather than purchasing flower napkin rings, I attached packaged craft flowers to rings I already had. A simple and inexpensive way to enhance everyday napkin holders.

I love to blend new with vintage -- in this case, lovely goblets in just the right shade of plum. Or is it a deep amethyst? The goblets change with the light, as seen in Lunch with Violets and Irises.

Did I mention that the placemats feature bunnies, eggs and flowers? When the plates are cleared away, they will remain a while longer.

I've set the vintage coffee service on the buffet, and once again added a riot of faux tulips. Mixing garden flowers with silk ones is a favorite way to bring color and beauty inside our house.



A table full of blossoms and bunnies!

Resources
China | Block 'Blue Skies'
Flatware | Reed & Barton '18th Century'
Stemware | Fostoria 'Classic'
Bunnies | Fitz and Floyd
Napkins | Lenox 'French Perle'

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Simple Elegance for St. Patrick's Day

I had such fun celebrating St. Patrick's Day last year that I thought I'd set another table to honor my Irish heritage with simplicity and elegance.

I've used several shades of green on the table, accented by gold, grounded by white.

Down the center runs a cotton cutwork cloth, embroidered with shamrocks that give it both sheen and texture.

I fell for these candleholders at the vintage glass show I attended last year.

I chose my dad's Pilsner glasses for Guinness stout and swirled mid-century bar glasses for water, used here as well.

On a whim I laid the stained glass shamrocks, meant to sparkle in a window, directly on the table.



The centerpiece is simply a vase of flowers from my garden.

I couldn't resist adding the heady scent of hyacinths, never mind their colors don't fit the theme.

Classic dinner plates with gold trim are layered with vintage etched glass salad plates in a barely there color called apple green.

I borrowed this pretty gold flatware from G's mother to complement the plates.

We purchased the vase a number of years ago on vacation. The frosted design reminds me of Celtic motifs.

Several varieties of daffodils are currently blooming in the garden.

Bottles of Guiness await on the buffet, next to a leprechaun who looks as if he's had a few!

An Irish blessing:

"May good luck be your friend
In whatever you do.
And may trouble be always
A stranger to you."





Resources
Dinner plates | Royal Doulton 'Alice'
Salad plates | Cambridge 'Etch 704'  (A better depiction of the intricate design can be found at Replacements)
Flatware | Unfortunately we don't know the pattern or manufacturer.
Vase | possibly by Rosenthal

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Hints of Spring

Normal levels of winter rain (okay, more than normal!) combined with brisk days alternating with warm, sunny ones means the garden has begun providing hints of spring.

But first we will back track to the first weeks of February, when the garden was cold and the only flowers blooming were indoors.
Amaryllis

Amaryllis and Christmas cacti put on quite a show in the kitchen window.
Schlumbergera truncata

And then the crocuses began to appear in the garden, hidden among the shrubs and other plants that had encroached over the years.

Crocus vernus

They were quickly followed by the blossoms on our neighbor's saucer magnolia. These magnolias are deciduous, unlike the majestic Southern magnolias.
Magnolia X soulangeana

Then came the daffodils in shades of yellow, gold and white. Unfortunately I've lost track of which cultivars I've planted. I noticed one self-sowed in the middle of the grass near the street!
Narcissus sp.




Two hyacinths joined the party, with more to come.
Hyacinthus orientalis




Days later, the rest of the early spring blooming daffodils unfurled their perianths and cups.

The flowers of most daffodils will face the sun, which you may want to consider when planting bulbs. The clump below faces southwest, towards the house next door, with their backs to us.

A month or so later than they usually do, camellias in the garden and by the side door finally bloomed.
Camellia japonica


Camellia sasanqua

Rains came again today, but at least I have this view from the living room!


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