Vintage Easter Table with Chocolate Rabbit Centerpiece

Vintage Easter Table with Chocolate Rabbit Centerpiece

Feeling a bit nostalgic, I’ve set a vintage Easter table in the formal dining room.

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I’ve incorporated tableware and linens passed down from both sides of my husband’s and my families, along with a recent find of soft pink, hobnail goblets.

A chocolate rabbit centerpiece, eggs and guest favors are a nod to my grandmother, who made and sold homemade Easter treats.

I’m so glad Easter is late this year! Not only does that provide a little space between other holidays, it also improves the chance of better, more spring-like weather here in Pittsburgh. It just doesn’t feel like Easter without forsythia, daffodils and tulips blooming.

It’s April 1st as I compose this post, and this morning we awoke to a light dusting of snow — argh! A bad April Fool’s joke?

Today’s post is part of the Easter Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate. All this week, my fellow table stylist are sharing their creations.

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Casual St. Patrick’s Day Table & DIY Shamrock Glasses

Casual St. Patrick’s Day Table & DIY Shamrock Glasses

It’s super easy to set a St. Patrick’s Day table using my everyday, Ireland Pursuit dishes. casual-st-patricks-day-table-leprechaun-pot-gold

With a wide band of green decorating the rim, the Noritake pattern is perfect for the holiday. Medallions around the border depict foxes, pheasants and rabbits. Hunt scenes and thatched cottages also decorate the dishes and serving pieces.

I’ve been setting the table with the Ireland Pursuit pattern for breakfast, lunch and dinner for something like twenty years! To transform the setting into a St. Patrick’s Day table, required a change in linens and pulling out seasonal decor to create a festive centerpiece.

Because we are going to be out of town for the actual holiday and won’t be entertaining guests, I decided to mostly use what I already had to set the table.

But, due to a lack of speciality dishes and accessories for a St. Patrick’s Day table in the stores, I did craft shamrock-decorated napkin rings and painted pilsner glasses for the holiday. Easy peasy.

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A Tweet Tablescape to Welcome Spring

A Tweet Tablescape to Welcome Spring

Some little birdies came inside — out of the frigid winter storm — to inspire a please-come-soon spring table.

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Today’s post is part of the Springtime Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate. All this week, 26 talented stylists share their ideas and inspirational tables. Bee sure to check all the tablescape links at the end of the post.

Having just returned from a nearly weeklong ski vacation in Breathtaking Breckenridge, Colorado, I initially hit a creative brick wall on setting a spring table. As we landed in Pittsburgh a snowstorm hit, which made for a dicey drive home around midnight. And, as I set the springtime tablescape, four more inches of snow was falling and temperatures dropped to a frigid 10 degrees. Burr!

While scratching my head for some spring table theme, I ‘rediscovered’ my lovely bird dishes — buried deep behind Christmas and winter plates. These cute birdies inspired a tweet table to welcome spring. Won’t you come in from the cold and join us?

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Bee Decorated Chandelier Compliments HapBEE Birthday Table

Bee Decorated Chandelier Compliments HapBEE Birthday Table

Recently, I featured A HapBEE Birthday Table and Beehive Dessert that was complimented by a bee decorated chandelier hanging over head.

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Problem was, by the time I posted all the pictures and details about the tablescape and birthday cake, I ran out of time and energy to include the bee decorated chandelier.

Sorry if I left you hanging.

Wow, that’s a pretty lame pun! I’m a little punchy after working all day preparing for the Wonderland 4th Annual My Favorite Things Party.

Ever since the first French Queen Bee party, I decorate the kitchen chandelier with bees and butterfly ribbon every May. It goes so nicely with all my bee linens, dishes, glasses, and flatware.

It’s also makes a nice home decor transition from spring to summer. Come see.

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Exotic Peacock Tablescape Graces Formal Dining Room

Exotic Peacock Tablescape Graces Formal Dining Room

I’ve been wanting to share this peacock tablescape with you for quite awhile. But up until now, I’ve been trying to just keep up with timely holiday settings.

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Not that I don’t love the holidays! It just feels like they’ve been one on top of each other since last fall when I launched this blog. Easter coming early didn’t help either. Over the months ahead, I’m looking forward to sharing tables that are seasonal, or for no particular occasion at all.

If you’ve been following Debbee’s Buzz, you know peacocks are one of my favorite things. Just love their beautiful feathers, and gorgeous teal and blue coloring.

My peacock passion (obsession?) started when I ‘discovered’ my husband’s colonial ancestor. His honest to goodness first name was Peacock! A spy for General Washington, the British referred to him as The Rebel Bird! Some July 4th or Veterans Day, I’ll have to tell you more about him.

I’ve been collecting peacock decorative accents, ornaments and tableware ever since.

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Beatrix Potter Easter Hunt in Mr. McGregor’s Garden

Beatrix Potter Easter Hunt in Mr. McGregor’s Garden

Come with me on an Easter egg hunt in Mr. McGregor’s garden, with classic Beatrix Potter book characters.

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Peter Rabbit and his friends are running amok in Mr. McGregor’s garden in this Easter holiday tablescape, created using my collection of Beatrix Potter figurines.

Beatrix Potter spent much of her childhood drawing and studying animals. The Tale of Peter Rabbit published in 1902, was her first book, expanded from an illustrated letter. She went on to publish more than 20 tales and collections.

I always loved Beatrix Potter’s endearing illustrations of rabbits, ducks, mice, kittens, frogs, turtles and more. At some point, I began to receive one figurine in my Easter basket each year — all the way through college.

Later, I used the tiny books and figurines to decorate my children’s’ nursery. Some years back they were packed up for safe-keeping. It wasn’t until I came across an egg hunt sign kit, that I had a eureka moment on how to incorporate the characters into a charming tablescape. (more…)

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