We have been invited to Easter lunch by my husband's cousin. Since Miss J won't be able to come with us (heavy course load this semester), she requested that we have a small dinner with her favorite foods. That's all it took for me to set a pretty table for us.
I don't know how many times I went to the store for these plates, only to decide I didn't really need them. But the bunnies proved irresistible, and when they went on sale last year, well, I got the salad plates.
There are four designs, each featuring cute, fluffy bunnies, pretty meadow flowers, spring-green grass and butterflies.
The scenes on the plates inspired the other elements on the table. The stiff string place mats, that are totally impractical for protecting the underlying tablecloth, remind me of tall meadow grasses.
The centerpiece is taken from the plates as well, with a bunny settling down in a nest of sorts. Centerpiece lilacs (faux, because this is Georgia where lilacs won't grow) and lavender napkins amplify the purple flowers on the plates and tablecloth. I've probably made quite the faux pas by using a tablecloth that coordinates with the plates, but it was equally charming!
Sparkle is provided by gold flatware that belonged to Greg's mother and vintage brass napkin rings bought for a song at an antique mall.
Speckled eggs in green Depression glass bowls,
Daylight savings time and ever longer daylight hours has changed the way tables photograph in what I call the garden room. The room is on the lower level and opens directly onto the patio and garden. The large oak trees that will shade it heavily throughout the summer have not yet leafed out. So I was happy to take advantage of the light!
I added a simple combination of green candlesticks and faux flowers to the sideboard next to the table.
Purples and greens make a wonderful spring pairing.
Bunnies from the meadows (seen previously in Bunnies and Blossoms) signify spring has arrived.
Salad plates | Williams Sonoma 'Floral Meadow'
Water glasses | Fostoria 'Classic'
Bunny | Fitz & Floyd 'Woodland Spring'