Even though we won’t be able to celebrate in church or with guests, I’m going ahead and setting an Easter table anyway. What I’ll actually serve for brunch and dinner is still to be determined.
Who could have ever imagined a spring and Easter like this? But, under the circumstances, I think it’s important to celebrate the holiday as best we can. To cherish memories of Easters past, while being prayerful and hopeful that better days lay ahead.
With that in mind, I kept my Easter table simple; using things I had at hand. Since Pittsburgh has been under a mandatory stay at home order for quite awhile, I shopped my own home for seasonal tableware, linens, and decor.
Inspiration for the table theme comes from the rustic rabbit sculpture that anchors the centerpiece. And, I’ve used a sweet bunny napkin fold to add some whimsy to the pale yellow and pink Easter table.
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Taking a Leap
Since it will be just Mr. Buzz and I for the holiday, I set a more intimate table in the open kitchen. Pulling out china, crystal and sterling flatware for six or eight in the formal dining room seemed silly.
Instead, I wanted a more casual, country style for the Easter table. Although set for four, it’s a setting we will actually dine at. I rarely style a tablescape just for show and tell.
First, I covered the round glass top with a sunny yellow and white check tablecloth. It was also the foundation of A Tweet Tablescape to Welcome Spring last year.
Next, I placed a round, cabbage leaf placemat and woodcut in the middle of the table. They serve as the base for the Easter centerpiece. Then, I positioned the heavy metal rabbit sculpture on top.
I’ve had the leaping figure for several years. He’s another fabulous find made at one of my favorite local shops.
Browsing for Easter & Spring Decor Ideas and Perusing Open House at Old Allegheny Shoppe is something I look forward to every March. I was all set to go several weeks ago — until only essential businesses were allowed open.
Styling a Centerpiece with Faux Florals
Encircling the centerpiece base is a ring of faux forsythia. Normally, it’s easy to pick up fresh flowers and blooming plants at our local grocery stores. But, since I already stocked my pantry, freezer and refrigerator with about two weeks plus of groceries and household basics, I’m not venturing to the store just for flowers.
And I’m not sure they are currently stocking them? Besides, I’m planning on ordering groceries via delivery or curbside pickup for the foreseeable future.
So, to embellish the rustic rabbit centerpiece, I grabbed this and that from my stash of artificial florals and greenery. Arranged around the base of the leaping rabbit, are three different bunches of greenery, with a few pussywillow branches tucked in.
The two bird nests are originally floral picks that I turned into napkin rings for last year’s Tweet Tablescape to Welcome Spring. Finally, I sprinkled in a few pale yellow and pink eggs here and there.
Last spring, I used the same rabbit, a cabbage placemat, and pussywillows for a basket arrangement in the living room. To mix things up a bit, I like to restyle seasonal decor and florals each year. How about you?
Take the Easter Home Decor Tour to see it and other seasonal vignettes. Since we won’t have anyone here but the two of us, I admit to cutting back somewhat. Will you be decorating for Easter this year?
Once I was satisfied with the centerpiece, it was time to set the rest of the Easter table.
Like the rustic rabbit, I began with a woodcut under each of the four place settings.
Next, I added a lacy, scallop-edged white charger. One of the decorative elements of the embossed border reminds me of a carrot — after a rabbit has eaten all the greens! Can you see it?
Pale yellow or pink luncheon plates top the simple Easter table stack. Embossed, leaping hares decorate the plate border. Copper-color, twig flatware also complement the rustic rabbit centerpiece.
To the right of each place setting is a pink hobnail goblet. I used them for the first time in last year’s Vintage Easter Table.
The glasses were a find at a local resale shop. I love ’em!
Just wish I knew the manufacturer and pattern name.
Update: Thanks to my blogger friend Liz, I discovered the hobnail goblets aren’t vintage at all! Gorham made Emily’s Attic glassware from 2001-2004. And, they came in at least three colors — clear, blue and pink.
Matching the Easter table plates are bunny embossed egg cups at each place setting.
Bunny Rabbit Napkin Fold
Several weeks ago, I shared 12 Napkin Folds for All Seasons, Holidays & Occasions. And, even though I have a number of seasonal napkin ring sets, I decided to try my hand at yet another fold.
This new one is supposed to resemble a bunny rabbit. I’ve positioned them with their tail side towards guests, Do you see it?
Yellow check napkins on pink plates are alternated with pink damask bunnies on the yellow. Aren’t they cute?
Last year for Easter Table with Chocolate Rabbit Centerpiece, I used the same pink damask for an easy rabbit ear fold.
Although the bunny-shape napkin fold is a little more involved, it’s not difficult. And, there are many helpful online tutorials.
Have kids at home? Let them help set the Easter table by trying one or both napkin folds. It might be a nice little distraction too!
Easter Table Setting 2.0
Although similar, this is actually the second version of the Easter table. Originally, I wanted to incorporate black and white for a French country look. Rather than the woodcut chargers, I used my everyday oval, check placemats.
I had already photographed the originally styled tablescape and finished editing nearly half of the pictures.
But the next morning, I looked at the Easter table and something just didn’t seem right. For one thing, you couldn’t see the twig flatware on the placemats. Plus, the colors and look just didn’t seem to come together with the centerpiece.
Earlier, while folding bunnies with black and white plaid napkins, I discovered I only had three for four place settings. Even after searching high and low, I still can’t figure out where the fourth napkin is lol! Instead, I tried alternating the plaid with yellow check napkins that match the tablecloth.
It wasn’t a total loss though. I ended up using the trio of plaid bunny-shape napkins with the placemats for place settings on the kitchen island.
I do really like how the folded napkins came out in the plaid fabric. Regular followers know I’m partial to all things black and white. How about you? Pictured above is the tails side of the bunny, and below is heads.
I prefer the tails side facing guests. Another nice thing about this fold, is that after untying the ribbon, the napkin opens without looking like a wrinkled mess.
Which version of the Easter table do you prefer?
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Originally, D’s visit was going to overlap with my mom in town. But, two days before her flight, the CDC recommended seniors fly only if necessary. I had really been looking forward to her coming. Now it may be awhile before she or we can travel to see each other.
Mom’s in good hands though, presently living with Sistah B on Folly Beach in the Charleston area. Plus, there’s also young rescue dog Jack, and Surfer the cat for company and affection. Living on the water, they have the opportunity to go out on the dock, or to take the boat out for a spin. Envy!
My niece and nephew live nearby. The millennials are doing all the shopping and errands — leaving things outside the garage.
Hubby and I continue to keep ourselves active and occupied. As relatively young retirees, we are surprised to find ourselves in the “seniors” elevated risk group. What, I’m a senior?!
Like many, we really miss seeing our friends, attending gym classes, volunteering, and going to restaurants and movies. But, we continue to get outside for exercise and fresh air. I’ve also been painting and editing countless vacation photos. Everyday we set aside time to to work on a puzzle or play a game together.
So now, we settle for talking often on the phone and using Facetime. Some days I manage my anxiety better than others — how about you?
On Friday I’m participating in another Easter theme blog hop, and will share my Beatrix Potter collection. I hope you’ll stop by!
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