Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter and Family Time

We had a pleasant visit with the family and the weather couldn't have been better for our Easter party. It was 70 degrees and the only rain we saw came later on Monday. 
 I used my mother's fine china (Mikasa Remembrance) and
some Easter colored paper napkins.  I forgot to bring my cloth ones.

I made up a center arrangement with things I brought down from my house and a couple of Mom's candlesticks

Mom used to be active in a ceramics class and made things like the bunny she gave me that I used in the garden cart.  I surrounded it with more rabbits and chicks and as you can see even my green matts that I used at home.

We live 250 miles north and it's too much for the whole family to come to my house so I come down for the holidays.

 I used faux eggs and seated this egg holder in a bed of excelsior in the woven nest. 

 I bought Mom some cut tulips.  I found this pitcher on the hutch and since it was covered in flowers I had to use it!


I set up a mini station for punch and snacks on Mom's tea cart.  I forgot to take a picture before anyone had started to use it. I used things from around her house. 

 A special surprise when one of my nephews showed up that we never get to see!
Greeted by everyone with big hugs!

 My niece Jess made a lamb cake and she stuck a Happy Birthday on it for me.
(It was an add-in per my daughter's request- my birthday was in March)
His little ears didn't show up much in the picture I took but it was cute!

Mom's living room is combined with the dining. We had the table extended fully so it uses some extra floor space.  My Mom's home stopped in time after my Dad passed in 1991.  Other than some paint and carpet things haven't changed much.

 I emptied the coffee table and re-did the layout. I added the runner and the lambs and put the grass and eggs in her crystal basket.  I staged all the candle holders around and selected a few of her blue and white decorative accents to add to the vignette.  She really liked the angle I created and the change with the candle holders so I think that might stick for a while. 

I did something similar for Easter a year ago.  You can see the link to that post "here"

On our way home we stopped in Frankenmuth, MI to have dinner at Zehnders.  This was a display at a water fountain that's not running just yet.

The whole town is set up with a Bavarian theme.

This is the restaurant. Famous for their family style chicken dinners.  You get so much food that you have more than enough for another meal from it with take-home.

These magnolia trees had started to bloom and the fragrance was wonderful!  The air was just right and you could smell them as you walked by.  What a perfect end to a nice warm and happy weekend!

I hope your Easter was great too- I sure needed it!  

I will be joining
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Dining

 I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, 
though he were dead, yet shall he live
John 11:25

The Lenox Easter tree and the cross go well together.  I've owned the bas-relief daisy votive holders from the Lenox for some time.

I like how they look with a candle burning in them.

I chose the mirrors for "reflection"

 Each egg has a family member's name on them.

Topping the stack are the Pier 1 bunny egg shaped dishes. 
I wanted to use our fine china set by Noritake called Yoshino.  When I first found these dishes I was smitten with them because of the springlike colors.  We selected them for our 30th Wedding anniversary- Today is our 36th!

 I layered two chargers. This allowed pops of green to show and help separate the white from the tablecloth. 

I used these Pier 1 votives as egg holders

The blue and green stemware draws your eyes up and offers a nice layer of color.  I'm happy they go well with the china.  The pops of color offered by the votives holding the eggs added some traditional Easter coloring.  The gold flatware is always paired with these dishes.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Blue Bird Landed!

This little blue bird will be joining us for lunch today!

 I dressed up the cage a bit with some wired vine like material to outside.

I used a vine wreath/candle ring with leaves and berries at the base of the candle holder, along with some green excelsior to give the cage a bit of a woodland look.

She's a little plump for the nest but we won't tell her!

The sweet little bird plates have been with me a while from Macys.
Underneath are the plates from Cracker Barrel that I've used before  
(which have no name on them) to add a little texture along with the rattan mats.

I folded the napkins into a triangle, rolled them and tied them loosely around the stem of the glass.  I chose them because they pulled on all the colors of the table.

San Remo Flatware in white and the stemware is
called Bahia by Bormioli Rocco

 Such a pretty glass

I try to get pictures when the sun is shining in.

I liked that both these plates have an wavy edge which helped them look
good together.

Those of you who follow me will notice the snow has melted back on my deck
and the garage roof is now clear! Hooray!

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Little Easter Decorating

I've been doing a little bit of Easter decorating
 Last year my sister made an egg for each of me and my sisters.  I believe she used a decorative tissue paper sheet on mine- and mod podge.  I was looking at it and figured it would look good out on the mantel and then I decided to bring my lamb figurines from the china cabinet out too.

I think they have sweet faces.

I staged it on a little faux nest but needed help keeping it upright so I used some excelsior to help it.  

This extra large paper egg is just like the one I've had since I was a child.  They are made in Germany.  (Notice the photo bomber- my cat Riley)

They come apart in two pieces so you can fill them with some goodies like candy and or a stuffed bunny etc.  It would take the place of an Easter basket.  I used the metal bowl that sits on the coffee table all the time, filled it with the Easter grass, tossed a few eggs around-  simple but enough!

This little paper egg is the one from my childhood.  It was filled with jelly beans and I still remember being so excited about it! 

I put together this little vignette on the corner table by the door.  I set the garden cart on two of those faux grass mats- actually this one is boxwood. Notice the silly chick with rabbit ears (Pier 1) I do go for the traditional Easter colors- I love it especially at this time of year.  After a long winter I'm ready for happy colors!

 I added some mini daffodils to it so it would look like a field with flowers popping out.  The garden cart was from Cracker Barrel last year. I added some shredded green paper along the edges of the mat so it would conceal the framework of the mats.

 The bunnies were from last year (T.J. Maxx).  I stuffed some little violas in the basket that already had some carrots.

In the corner by the kitchen table I stuffed a bunch of  flowers in this metal container and I set a basket of eggs in the salt glazed bowl down below. I didn't make much effort on the bottom.

This chubby bunny sits on top of the flowers with her own stock of carrots to keep her happy.  She's really been enjoying herself!