Feeling a bit nostalgic, I’ve set a vintage Easter table in the formal dining room. 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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Pretty Pink Palette
It’s not often I set a table or decorate with a pink color scheme — not with living in a household of guys! But the boys won’t be home for Easter this year (sniff!). However, we will be seeing them two other weekends in April for family gatherings. Can’t complain about that!
When I started gathering together tableware and linens for this vintage Easter table, a soft pink and chocolate brown palette just kinda evolved.
First, I pulled out the vintage cake plate that belonged to my mother-in-law. I plan to use it to showcase a chocolate Easter Nest Cake. Sugar Hero provides an easy-to-follow tutorial that I spotted on Pinterest.
But, with Easter still weeks away, I’ve temporarily placed one of my faux chocolate rabbits on top of the cake plate. If I made the cake now, hubby would gobble it up! He’s a certifiable chocoholic.
I love the subtle shade of pink and the lightly etched design around the cake plate rim. Unfortunately, there are no markings as to who the manufacturer is. Anyone have a clue?
You can also see the cake plate in A Valentines Day Tea Party with Friends.
Calorie Free Centerpiece
Clustered around the cake plate are my collection of faux chocolate rabbits featured last year in, Chocolate Rabbit Centerpiece & Vignette.
Pink in the ribbon and faux icing decorating my favorite bunny ties in with the vintage Easter table color scheme.
Next, I placed vases (Dollar Tree) on either end of the centerpiece. Each holds faux cherry blossom, dogwood, and pussy willow branches (Michael’s, Old Allegheny). Adding water in each vase helps to create an illusion the flowers are real.
But, it’s too early in the season (and expensive) for real blooms on the vintage Easter table. Just like the chocolate nest cake, fresh flowers will have to wait until Easter weekend.
They look almost as yummy to eat as the ones my grandmother made. If only they smelled like real chocolate!
Underlying the vintage Easter table is a soft pink, damask tablecloth that belonged to my husband’s grandmother.
To bee honest, I totally forgot I had the tablecloth and matching napkins in my basement, cedar-lined closet. Since inheriting them many years ago, it just never occurred to me to set a pink table.
Rabbit Ear Napkins
To incorporate the matching napkins into the vintage Easter table, I searched Pinterest for bunny-shape fold tutorials.
A simple fold into a triangle, roll/fold, twist and tie approach is quick and easy.
And to complement the centerpiece, I substituted faux chocolate for real eggs on the vintage Easter table. Like most of the chocolate rabbits, the eggs also came from Old Allegheny.
Designed to lay flat on a plate, the folded napkin wouldn’t balance and stand upright as I wanted. So as to not cover the pink plates, I elevated the bunny ear napkins by placing them in vintage champagne glasses. Each is perched on a bread and butter plate.
Or, try the more involved bunny-shape napkin fold in Sweet Rustic Rabbit Easter Table. Check out Napkin Folds for All Seasons, Holidays & Occasions for more ideas on how to use table linens.
Cambridge, Rose Point pattern champagne and water goblets belonged to my French great-grandmother.
I’ve used the vintage, etched stemware in a number of other table settings. Most recently, shared in Meet Me at the Eiffel Tower Table Valentine.
A last minute addition to the table were these fabulous
vintage pink, hobnail goblets; recently found at a local resale shop called, The Savvy Fox.
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.
Only $20 for six glasses. And, they’ll go perfect with my Mikassa Silk Flowers dishes used in the tea party table too. Don’t you think so?
Guess I’ll be setting more pink tables going forward! Where will I store the glasses you ask? A very good question savvy reader! I’ve decided to make space by parting with eight, vintage purple glasses (that don’t match anything else).
Yes friends, this is a first — me parting with tableware!
It All Stacks Up
From the very start, I planned to use these wonderful pink, Bordello Pinero plates (Tuesday Morning several years ago).
Each is layered on top of a gold charger and my wedding china; Lenox Eclipse. Not exactly vintage, but from the last millennium, LOL!
A real chocolate rabbit or egg guest favor is placed on each of the pink rabbit plates. After all, I couldn’t temp guests with all this chocolate and not supply a real treat.
I just hope hubby doesn’t eat them all first! So, after I took the photos, I wrapped up the real chocolate and hid it in the pantry — seriously.
For Easter, I’ll use a tube of pink icing to write each guest’s name on the chocolate egg or bunny. Quick and easy place ‘cards.’
What I would love to have at each place setting is one of these fabulous faux chocolate, rabbit ‘boxes’ (TJ Maxx, Marshall’s).
Wouldn’t they be great filled with jelly beans or a special note? Unfortunately, I only have three.
Wallace Enchantress sterling silver flatware belonged to one of hubby’s great grandmother. I love it’s aged patina.
Other antique pieces passed down include this pretty sterling butter knife and small Limoges plate with fabulous details. Someday, I’ll have to see if I can find out the pattern name.
Normally, I wouldn’t set a vintage Easter table with coffee cups and saucers. But, I wanted an opportunity to share them with you. After all these years, I still love my wedding china pattern. I’m hoping it will pass down through my sons’ families someday.
Before you hop along to all the other Easter tablescapes, here’s a brief detour to last year’s Beatrix Potter Hunt in Mr. McGregor’s Garden. It’s my very favorite tablescape of any season, holiday or occasion.
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More Bunnies to Come
Next Monday, I’m excited to participate in the Hop Into Easter with 31 talented bloggers participating. Here’s a sneak peak of my Easter Home Decor Tour:
During Easter week I’ll share a more casual, fun table, with bunny butt decorated cupcakes. Check out, Darling Bunny Hop Table Celebrates Spring.
Hope you’ll hop by!
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