Setting The Tone and The Table: Easter Tablescape Ideas Part 1

An Easter tablescape can rival fashion’s finery for the spotlight in the Easter parade.  Dressed to impress not only applies to the fashions, but to Easter baskets and Easter tablescapes.  To look upon a beautiful Easter tablescape as a work of art is no over exaggeration of the term.   I’m featuring a two part series this week appropriately titled Easter Tablescape Ideas.

bhg centerpieceBetter Homes & Gardens

A centerpiece full of fresh flowers from nature’s floral department aka our own yards broadens the field for artistic interpretation.  Begin with a vase, jar, tureen, pitcher, decorative coffee can- any type container that floats your boat or flower frog will do.  Fern and magnolia leaves, camellias, hydrangea, knock out roses, palm fronds, daffodils, dogwood branches, bridal wreath spirea, azaleas and the flower of the season, lilies- all eggscellent (you knew it was coming!) centerpiece options.  Inspiration lives in the great and colorful outdoors.

craft-tipNever underestimate the decorative power of paint.  Hobby Lobby makes a great point!

We see oodles of pictures showing lovely kitchen and dining rooms with dining tables polished and pristine.  You won’t see one of our kitchen tabletop.  It’s a working tabletop- one big catchall for house plans, design boards, material lists and shelter magazines.  Now you know my little secret and why I am in total support of the statement, “the kitchen is the heart of the home.”  Tablescapes usually take place on the dining room tabletop, but not this year.  Why?  The dining room chandelier is still sitting in the box waiting to be rewired…for the second time.

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Dave the Builder stripped the new wiring as he was threading it through the center tube. He didn’t discover this very important development until he was in the process of hanging the chandelier and the wires sparked in Katy Perry style.  You’re probably thinking it so I’ll address it. What’s the point of a tablescape post?  Because I absolutely love sourcing and creating tablescape ideas. Here’s a preview of what I’m working on for Set the Tone and the Table: Easter Tablescape Ideas Part 2.  Stay tuned!

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Seasons and Settings: A Seasonal Tablescape

Fall and Thanksgiving are seasonal first cousins.  I like to intertwine the two and hit upon the best of the best.  New traditional is a wonderful concept that I definitely embrace.  It incorporates the classic standards together with new trends.

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One of the biggest considerations in the art of tablescaping is reining in the costs. Taking that into consideration, the basics of  seasonal tablescape 101 is to bring good foundation pieces to the table.  Classic accents will pay for themselves over and over again, tablescape to tablescape.

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Fabric, ribbon and mesh in core holiday colors are interchangeable with other holiday themes.  I have tablescaped the heck out of $1.00 burlap bags,  and mastered the art of reinvention by mixing and pairing china and crystal  patterns.  Nature provides endless inspiration for centerpiece ideas.

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I pushed back from the keyboard and took an “eye”dea stroll around the house with the intent to set from within.  Setting the table with items I rediscovered here at home produced a ‘tween fall and Thanksgiving tablescape with a nod to nature and traditional fall colors.

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Last year I style spotted items perfect for a Thanksgiving tablescape, but me paying full price for seasonal items is a rare occurrence.  This girl will wait a good clearance sale out with the patience of Job.  It paid off when I timed a visit to Hobby Lobby just right last year and got my 80% clearance on!  Included in those items was two yards of home decor fabric and one yard of green burlap. The wheels of creativity began to turn.

no-sew table runner

A standard table runner doesn’t offer the width needed for our kitchen table.  A tablecloth is too much.  If you can’t find what you want, make it or fake it.  I am no seamstress.  Hem tape is a wonderful invention.  An iron gets hot…real hot. My mouth is no prayer book.  The DIY 40″  X  70″ not really a runner, and far from a tablecloth, but exactly what I wanted came out perfect with straight lines and rocking corners.

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I’ve stared at the vase in the image below for months.  It has been sitting on the counter in the man cave kitchen, basically in my way.  Turns out the vase served as the starting point of inspiration for the centerpiece. Brown and green eucalyptus and grapevine branches are inexpensive ways to add filler volume and color.  Backyard hydrangeas bloomed in time for me to cut and begin the drying process.  Pheasant feathers give good fall and Thanksgiving decorating, but can be rather costly.  The hunt for a good deal on pheasant feathers began a couple of months ago.  Ebay came through with an auction for ten 20-22 inch feathers.  Determination, luck and a winning bid  of $3.91 sealed the deal.

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I filled the vase with Aromatique Creme Caramel potpourri.  The remnant yard of burlap and a decorative tieback found at Goodwill embellished the neck of the vase and camouflaged any signs of stems.

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Can you tell what I used for a charger?  Dave the Builder’s stockpile of  12 X 12 floor tiles came in handy for this unique use.

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Dinner napkins tucked in Kerr jars with vintage flatware and brown velvet ribbon ties creates an all-in-one display.  I tried the look with and without fresh rosemary.  The jury is still out on this one.  Kerr jars keep with the theme and intent of this tablescape idea- use items from around the house with an emphasis on natural fall elements and colors.

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Simple and uncomplicated never fails to set a beautiful table.

It’s Never Too Soon…

To look toward the beauty of a changing season, fall home decor and recipes! We’ve had our first preview of fall thanks to cooler mornings here in the deep South. I posted a tease of this post to my Facebook page and Twitter account for a midweek share, but I couldn’t wait.  I makes no excuses nor apologies for my gush, excitement and early seasonal planning for what I am convinced is the absolute best time of year on all points weather, decorating, entertaining, tailgating, baking and designing.  Wow, that’s a long sentence!  That’s the great thing about favorite things- they compel us to share the excitement.  Why cut corners with descriptive words that enhance the thought and beautifully get the point across?

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Seasonal tablescapes, recipes, home decor and  decorating embraces fall with a hello, old friend welcome.  Rich, warm colors perfectly accentuate indoor and outdoor spaces prime for feathering in seasonal splendor. I’m getting my fall Gotta Have It list in order. Staying close to home and heart with home decor accessories selections in a vintage and antique theme comes naturally to my tastes. Practice does make perfect, and striving for my retail gold medal brings much joy and style. is fun, keeps things decoratively interesting, and doesn’t have to break the bank.  A great serving piece, table linens, throw pillows, lamp, wall accent, rug-  it doesn’t take a complete space overhaul or remodel to introduce texture, color, or pattern of the season to your interior or exterior home decor. Oh, and don’t forget the menu. Talk about one of the most delicious ways to welcome a new season.  Let’s fall!

fall home decor and recipes

From left to right:

Antique White Pumpkin Tureen with Ladle:  Pier 1 Imports $39.95

Ellsworth Industrial Clock: Kirkland’s $69.99

Vintage Staffordshire Ironstone Fruit/Dessert Bowl Dish Bowls: Etsy $12

Feast Platter: Crate & Barrel $49.95

Birch Covered Round Pot w/Liner: Save on Crafts $9

Conscious Table Runner: H & M Home $9.95

The thrill is in the hunt, and hunt I’ve done over the last two weeks for new and vintage items for fall decorating.   H & M Home is now available online with US shipping.  Can I just tell you my keyboard is still in a state of search overload shock!  The Conscious table runner, with a seasonal nod toward a bountiful fall harvest, is under heavy consideration. Great look, great price.  Fall feasts reminds me of a neighbor friend who was known for a strict and steadfast entertaining rule she swore by. She insisted an empty cake plate on the buffet was the epitome of bad manners.  With that rule and fall in mind, I will furnish my recipe for Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup as a culinary accompaniment to the antique white pumpkin soup tureen on my Gotta Have It list.

Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup

 

Ingredients

1  Tablespoon olive oil

2  Tablespoons butter

1  red onion, finely chopped

2  ribs celery, finely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

¼  cup chopped fresh parsley

2  32 ounce cartons chicken broth

1½  cups cooked white or wild rice

2  skinless chicken breasts, cooked and sliced

½  teaspoon garlic powder

½  teaspoon Kosher salt

½  teaspoon fine ground black pepper

2  Tablespoons white wine

1  cup half and half

 

Directions

Heat olive oil and butter in a oven over medium heat.  Stir in the onion, celery, parsley and carrots; saute until slightly tender.  Pour in chicken broth, stirring to blend.  Add sliced chicken, white wine, garlic powder, Kosher salt and pepper. Turn heat up to medium-high and bring soup to a slight boil. Reduce heat to low. Add the cooked rice and half and half, stirring  to incorporate.  Allow soup to simmer for at least 1 hour.

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Themed Tablescapes: Turn Your Tablescape Into A Table Escape

A tablescape can easily become a themed table escape.  No frequent flyer miles required, no security checks, and no pain whatsoever at the pump for this escape.  Tablescape tranquility awaits as “travelers” feast their eyes on the destination display.  Come along on a journey of stylish and affordable ideas to destination with these themed tablescapes ideas.

Beyond the Sea~

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Did I hear someone say sea escape?   From sea to shining sea, seaside dining is one of my favorite choices for a casual, serene afternoon or evening meal.

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 Channing Plates

shell-placematScalloped Placemat

highball glassMadrid High Ball Glass

shell pitcherWhite Shell Pitcher

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Nantucket Seafood Shell Baking Dish

Driftwood-Platter Driftwood Serving Platter

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I could spend an entire afternoon on a dollar store run searching for affordable accessories that add fun to the tablescape.  

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Coastal themed fabric paired with strands of pearls make great napkin and napkin ring options.  

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Other table ideas range from various sized glass cylinders and decorative bowls filled with shells, pillar candles and decorative coral used as a centerpiece or menu holder.

White Wave Coral 

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Coastal Home Shell Shaped Salad Bowl

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An Evening In Paris~

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The beauty of a European themed tablescape is found in the ooh la la factor- chic and simple elegance.

“The service and mood should be informal, and the food, wine, and presentation extraordinary.” 

~Tomas Maier

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Cibali Blue Double-Pull Table Lamp

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Soft lighting, informal china and crystal, and a benign neglect to formality describes the European sentiment.

Aristocrat-14-Charger-PlateAristocrat Charger Plate

When I think of European decor elements crisp whites, rich browns, soft grays and deep wine reds immediately come to mind.  Below are a few items to illustrate the casually elegant, casually European point.

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Thomas Pottery Maison 16pc. Dinnerware Set

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 Vintage Wine Labels Appetizer Plates

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Hampton Forge Sophia 20 piece flatware

french kitchen square board French Kitchen Square Board

antique-french-breadboard-handleAntique French Breadboard with Handle

britta-optic-carafeBritta Optic Carafe

blue-old-fashioned-glassesOld-fashioned Goblets

238354 (1)Bloom White Wine Glass

bon-appetit-cocktail-napkinsCocktail Napkins

wine-glass-platesWine Glass Topper Appetizer Plates

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Set of 6 Gingham Check for Dinner Napkins

lavender bunchFrench Lavender Bouquet

Far East and Away~

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Do you have a flair for the Far East?  The lines and color palette of Asian influenced dinnerware and decorative accessories create beautifully themed tablescapes.  The retail selections available make it easy to set your table as casual or Far East formal as you wish.

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Chinoiserie Dinner Plate

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Bamboo 20 Piece Flatware 

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Geometric Design Dinner Napkin

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 Foo Dog Guardian Lions 

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10-Pack Red Chopsticks

town-51322-green-dragon-chopstick-rest-12-csGreen Dragon Chopstick Rest

Omniware-Culinary-Proware-Lotus-Small-Bowl-1025104Lotus Bowls

Chinese-take-out-box Chinese Take-Out Containers

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Taibei Ceramic Buddha Head

There are many possibilities and combinations for destination themed tablescapes.  In what corner of the world will you set your table escape?

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Easter Tablescape Ideas

Easter ushers in spring and welcomes the beauty of renewal to sight and soul.  I kept that in mind for my Easter tablescape ideas.

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Spring’s color wheel and go green concept is well represented. Pastel colors, vintage table linens and Easter spring accents set my Easter tablescape.  Individual fresh herbs tucked inside cut-to-size burlap bags make unique place cards and take home favors.  Everyone loves a spring fling favor of flavor!

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My Easter egg hunt centerpiece is compliments of the miracle of nature and $2 worth of wheat grass seeds from the local feed and seed store.

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Crocheted laces and a sugar shaker paired with a sterling silver sugar spoon are vintage keepsakes and collectibles that set the table with memories of grandmothers, treasure hunt trips, and friends bearing gifts.

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A-tisket, a-tasket, this is my blue, pink and yellow Easter basket.

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What sets your Easter tablescape?

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Three for All: Planning A Fall, Harvest and Thanksgiving Tablescape

Planning a fall tablescape is both a labor of love and one of the best parts of the fall home decorating season.  Blending the best of the season can carry the theme through to a harvest and a Thanksgiving tablescape.

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Natural elements provide a canvas easy to work with, color that only nature can produce, and the opportunity to treasure hunt close to home outdoors as well as indoors.

tablescape2012That which nature doesn’t provide, Hobby Lobby, Tractor Supply, eBay, and my brother the avid goose hunter does!

A savvy tablescaper keeps an eye out for future holiday table setting ideas and clearance sales from holidays past. Patience and an additional 40% off clearance sale at Dillard’s secured the six new dinner plates, dinner napkins, and hammered copper napkin rings for my fall tablescape.

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Burlap sandbags from Tractor Supply make casually chic, virtually indestructible and very affordable placemats.

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To know me is to know I love the opportunity to show and display items from my antique plate and creamer collection.  The Prussia Royal Rudolstadt bread and butter plate is a find from our last antiques inventory shopping trip.

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It’s a tad too early for the fall Ginkgo leaves so I improvised by using my Robert Lee Morris Ginkgo leaf pendant.

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It’s odd how decorative accessories that normally would not be paired together do, in fact, create the perfect look.

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When Dave the Builder brought the Wedgwood candlesticks home from the antique shop I was not feeling it.   But wait.  After careful reconsideration it dawned on me that the steel gray goose feathers in the centerpiece cast an elegant shade of Wedgwood blue all their own.

“A September to remember.  An October full of splendor.  

A November to treasure.”   

~La Prevenchere

My thoughts exactly!

Easter Tablescape

Classic colors from a package of Easter egg dye, spring blooms and a china melange inspired my thoughts for a stylish yet casual Easter tablescape.

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I want the Easter tablescape to reflect the colors of the season and the items to evoke memories.  A less formal approach fits well with the spring atmosphere and relaxing mid-afternoon dinnertime.

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My Fitz and Floyd and Andrea by Sadek rabbits have hopped from decade to decade, Easter tablescape to Easter tablescape.

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I found the framed print Bushy Tail by E. Gordon West on an antiques inventory shopping trip six years ago. The second I saw it I knew it was going into Dave the Builder’s  Christmas stocking.

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Dave found a baby rabbit in our yard late one afternoon, and immediately became attached to it. That silly rabbit became tamed and a part of our family.  When Dave got home from work that crazy rabbit would walk right into the house like he owned the place. The rabbit would come right up to Dave and beg to be picked up and held like a baby.

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This spring mix & spinach salad with strawberries, Creole pecans and honey dressing is fantastic. You can find the recipe here.

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Hello, springtime!

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A Dash Of Louisiana “Seasoning”: Casual Christmas Tablescape Ideas

A holiday tablescape featuring regional pieces made by local artisans is a natural fit for casual Christmas tablescape ideas.  A touch of Louisiana “Seasoning” enhances the flavor.

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A trio of Louisiana Cypress knee Santas crafted by local artisans make an appearance each holiday season.

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 Louisiana is truly a Sportsman’s Paradise.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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Burlap sandbags from Tractor Supply make perfect placemats for a natural tablescape.  Natural raffia ties adorn white linen dinner napkins.

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My favorite Black Friday purchase has to be the Biltmore For Your Home autumn birds salad plates.  The set includes a turkey, pheasant, quail and mallard.  The turkey is conspicuously absent due to turkey overload.

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Louisiana pecans and fresh cranberries naturally make a beautiful addition to any table.

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 Merry Christmas, Y’all!