Thursday, April 9, 2020

An Easter Table with Hydrangeas in the Meadows

I found inspiration in the unlikeliest of places this week — the grocery store. Just inside the front door was a large display of blooming potted plants. I stopped in front of the hydrangeas, and this one came home with me. The opening blossoms are a lovely lime green, changing to periwinkle as they mature. Irresistible!


And I knew the flowers would go beautifully with the bunny plates I had bought on sale last year.


I wrapped the hydrangea in periwinkle blue tissue paper I had on hand and placed it it a vintage glass bowl of the same color. It instantly became the focal point of the table.


Under the bunny plates are my wedding dinner plates and green glass chargers that have a nice cross-hatch texture.


The scenes on the salad plates depict wildflower meadows. I like how the bunnies seem to be watching the butterflies!


The vintage etched stemware repeats the blue of the flowers on the plates and in the glass centerpiece. Repetition of color or pattern establishes a cohesive link between different design styles and eras.


I bought matching napkin rings on sale last summer, loving the wildflowers. The trellis-like borders on the napkins seem to replicate the cross-hatch of the chargers, though they were bought years apart.


The bunny sugar bowl, creamer and teapot were retrieved from last week's pastel bunnies vignette. They seemed happy to join the group!



 


For a bit of whimsy, marshmallow pops were added to the hydrangea pot. This one has a chick, flower and decorated egg (mostly hidden by the leaves). The other one features a bunny, flower and decorated egg.


In this overview shot, you can see I've used the lavender tablecloth from this post, layered with an antique Irish linen cloth first used on this table.


The hand-embroidered linen table covering with an intricate hand-crocheted edging dates between 1900-1910. It is in beautiful condition.


Speckled eggs were placed on the corners of the crocheted border, seen more clearly in this photo. With a nod to Easter tradition, foil-covered chocolate eggs fill my mother's etched bowl with underplate (usually called a mayonnaise bowl if you are searching for something similar).


The opposite corner features a blue mayonnaise bowl set filled with pastel candy corn. (Who knew? lol)


Just because I love these egg cups, I added them atop the plates.


Minus the Easter eggs, this table can carry us through all of April.


Love how the colors blend!


I've simplified the decor on the buffet, using only faux flowers and cute bunnies.




In spite of the unsettling days we find ourselves in, I wanted to set a pretty table for Easter, to celebrate the beauty of spring and remind myself that better days will come. I hope you will too!


Table resources
Salad plates | William Sonoma 'Easter Meadows'
Dinner plates | Mikasa 'Imperial Lapis'
Chargers | Villeroy & Boch
Stemware | Fostoria 'Navarre'
Blue bowls, underplates | Cambridge 'Caprice'
Clear mayonnaise bowl | New Martisnville 'Prelude'

   

  
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

   

   

   




18 comments:

  1. WOOOOOOOOOOOOW!Magnificent Easter vignettes!Happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks so much, Maristella! Wishing you a very Happy Easter!

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  2. Your table is beautiful. That vintage tablecloth is precious. Also the bunny plates and the assortment of eggs are adorable.
    Happy Easter

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    1. Thank you, Thelma! I wish I could have bought more tablecloths. Her entire store was filled with antique Irish linens!

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  3. Beautiful tablescape! Love the hand-embroidered cloth. Salad plates are adorable and look perfect with your dinner plates and chargers. Everything is so cheerful. Happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks, Jessie! The handwork on the tablecloth is exquisite -- the photos don't do it justice. I fell hard for the bunny plates!

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  4. Beautiful centerpiece and you can plant it in your yard later to enjoy for years. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thanks, Donna, that's just what I plan to do!

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  5. That was a gorgeous table, and I really loved the heirloom linens, so pretty and your old fashioned bunnies...so sweet! Thanks, Sandi

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    1. Thanks, Sandi! I'm fascinated by the handiwork of antique linens. In Ireland we stopped in a small museum that showcased the history of Irish lace and linens. Such beautiful, intricate designs!

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  6. That is a beautiful table! I love hydrangeas and those printed bunny plates are just darling.

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    1. I'm going to plant this one in a container on our deck so I can continue to enjoy it up close. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  7. Beautifully put together table for this Easter season. I especially love the Bunny plates, wish I could find them here. I guess I could get them on line next time I go to Florida. Your heirloom linens are a treasure, I so adore heirlooms, specially linen.
    Adorable bunny figurines around your table and home.
    Hope you had a lovely Easter.
    Keep safe and healthy.
    Fabby

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    1. Fabby, thanks so much for your sweet comments. I certainly missed having family around our table. And we spent the night in our lower level with tornado sirens going off all night. But we are safe and sound.
      Hugs!

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  8. Love your table its so pretty, love the Bunny plates for sure.

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    1. Thank you! I really fell for the bunny plates. So glad you came to visit.

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  9. Such a pretty tablescape!! Love the Bunny dishes and the linens!!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for letting me know that you did by leaving a comment!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! I just might have to go back to the antique linen store and see if there's another one I can't live without.

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