Spring has finally sprung and there’s a lively bunny hop table set for brunch in my kitchen. It’s time to celebrate the change in seasons and Easter week.
I am absolutely loving having the entire month of April to enjoy Easter holiday decorations and tables around the house. Not to mention the warmer weather and flowers blooming everywhere. A little case of spring allergies is worth the price!
Last weekend was spent visiting with family in Northern Virginia; during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Hubby, his brother M, and our eldest son, ran the 10-mile race at the Capital. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful blooms around the Tidal Basin, as we cheered on the runners. Have you ever been to D.C. to see the cherry blossoms?
For those in the west and plain states who experienced a second winter cyclone; my heart goes out to you! Those winds looked ferocious. We feel quite fortunate that the weather was near perfect for our Breathtaking Breckenridge, Colorado Ski Trip.
Here in Pittsburgh, there are leaping, climbing and exercising hares aplenty on the bunny hop table. And, a few overly rambunctious rabbits landed cottontail-up in the cupcakes!
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Spring Has Sprung in Garden Linens
For an open, airy feel, I decided not to cover the glass kitchen table with a tablecloth. Instead, I pulled out a casual, garden-theme Pfaltzgraff Naturewood tablerunner. Four new cabbage placemats also decorate the bunny hop table.
On the adjacent kitchen island, are a trio of placemats matching the tablerunner. Two of the placemats depict a birdhouse.
In the middle, is a placemat depicting a beehive or skep. Can you guess which design is my favorite?
If I could add one more casual, everyday dish pattern, it would be Naturewood. All I have are the linens and a leaf dish, which I use as a spoon rest next to the cooktop.
“Like an artist’s sketchbook, Naturewood dinnerware is a study of botanical beauty that is rendered in a soft, natural color palette. A series of framed potted herbs are interspersed with detailed sketches of leaves. Delicate stripes and accents of garden elements decorate the wide selection of accessories.” Pfaltzgraff
One Naturewood dinner plate option has a sage green rim decorated with a skep. Bee still my heart! Naturewood pattern dishes, coffee cups and serving pieces are still available (see Amazon links below). So tempting!
Leaping Rabbit Centerpiece
Because of the small size of the kitchen table, I kept the centerpiece simple — so not to overly crowd the tabletop.
A pair of moss topiary rabbits are leaping in the garden setting. Normally, they are part of a spring vignette. Take the Easter Home Decor Tour to see my seasonal decorations, and follow links to 30 other stylists.
Each potted rabbit topiary is elevated on top of white bunny cupcake stands.
I bought two packages in two different designs. The stands are useful for not only serving cupcakes, but in creating centerpieces and vignettes. One year, I gave three packages of the cupcake stands as my favorite thing in the gift exchange. See Peacock Party Favors, Gifts and Prizes for more.
A larger cupcake stand has a rabbit doing leg lifts to balance the topiary in place. How cute is that?! A very similar version is available here.
Another bunny showing off his strength sits on the adjacent kitchen island. The large bunny cake plate is waiting to display a tempting quiche for brunch.
Nearby are the Naturewood placements and leaf plate. In the background, you can also see Adorable DIY Moss Bunny Wreath with Basket of Flowers.
To the left is a peek of the more formal Vintage Easter Table with Chocolate Rabbit Centerpiece, set for dinner.
It was shared recently in the Easter Tablescape blog hop — one of over two-dozen to be inspired by.
By my count, there are about 20 rabbits cavorting on the bunny hop table! And, that doesn’t count the hares depicted on the plate rims, egg cups or napkins.
On top of each cabbage leaf placemat is a white, scalloped-edge charger. I love the lacy look of the chargers and the raised, decorative details.
Each charger is topped with a leaping bunny plate. The luncheon-size plates fit on top of the chargers perfectly; so as not to cover the decorative borders.
I have two sets of the plates with leaping rabbits around the rim. They came in four pastel colors; sage green, butter yellow, slate blue, and rosy pink.
Matching the plates are egg cups and napkin rings in the same shades.
Here is the yellow bunny napkin ring with rabbit embroidered napkin. I like how the green thread goes with the spring garden setting and moss topiaries.
To the back left of the picture above, you can see La Rochere Napoleon bee glassware. It’s the smaller of two glass sizes I use nearly everyday. Last spring, the glasses were included in A HapBEE Birthday Table and Beehive Dessert.
I’ve mixed and matched the four shades of dishes, egg cups and napkin rings across the four place settings on the bunny hop table.
Which is your favorite?
Mixing It Up
Mixing and matching your table linens, chargers, dishes, flatware, glasses, serving pieces, and seasonal decor can result in very different tablescapes — even if they incorporate many of the same elements.
For instance, the napkins, glasses, bunny plates, twig flatware, cake stands, bunny egg cups, and even the topiaries were also included in Beatrix Potter Easter Hunt in Mr. McGregor’s Garden.
But, see how different they look?
You don’t always have to accumulate new tableware and linens to style a unique tablescape. Sometimes it’s just a different napkin fold, crafting a fresh floral centerpiece, adding guest favors, buying or borrowing accent plates, or gathering together a new combination of elements.
Check out Napkin Folds for All Seasons, Holidays & Occasions for an easy way to enhance table settings.
We Have a Winner!
Speaking of the Beatrix Potter tablescape, we have a winner of the Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Kit! Shirley from Kentucky, a follower since last July, left her first ever comment on Debbee’s Buzz that proved to be the lucky number:
“OMG Debbie, I can’t believe this is happening… I love the Peter Rabbit Easter Hunt Kit that I saw on one of your blogs. I am so thrilled with this, you would think it was a million bucks! Whoopee!“
You might have noticed a second set of egg cups on the bunny hop table? A white rabbit figure holds a faux pastel egg in the center of the luncheon plate. Later, I’ll replace them with dyed eggs for brunch.
There are two different bunny designs. One sitting hare holds the split egg holder.
I swapped up eight of the adorable rabbit egg holders (Tuesday Morning) the same day as the cupcake holders. But, I had to go to two stores to find enough of each design.
This roly-poly rabbit, lounging on his side with his feet crossed, is my favorite of the two styles. How about you?
Cottontails Jump the Fence
By now, you can’t have possibly missed the tempting desserts at each place setting on the bunny hop table! Each is placed on top of another style cupcake stand, where one rabbit is climbing over another. You can find a larger, cake stand version here.
I’ve placed a bunny butt up cupcake on top of each rabbit stand as treats for Easter brunch.
Half the cupcakes and hares are white vanilla and the others are brown chocolate. Most directions on Pinterest for making the bunny butts use fondant. Mine were created using different icing tips, which I think is far easier.
Each cupcake is in a double sage floral liner, ringed by a paper picket fence. Part of a decorative cupcake kit, the fences and green icing help to set the bunny hop table scene — rambunctious rabbits invading the garden.
Now to keep hubby from invading the garden table and eating the cupcakes lol!
Blossoms Bloom While Bunnies Bounce
I hope you’ve enjoyed the rabbit romp going on in my kitchen. Will you be setting a special table for Easter?
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, I wish you a wonderful weekend surrounded by the people you love, warm sunshine, and beautiful blooms.
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