Sunday, March 20, 2016

Spring, Easter Tablescape 2016

Happy Spring! Today's luncheon tablescape ushers in both Spring and Easter, just one week apart on the calendar in this leap year. It's that time of year where colors are bursting, and new life is springing up daily. The predominant colors today are my happy, go-to choices of yellow, white, and green. It's a garden feast of elements, complete with bunnies, which seemed to multiply as my concept played out! The tablescape is prepared with a mix of some classics* you'll surely recognize. Let's hop to it!
Two vintage tablecloths are layered for texture, one a solid matelasse, the second a plaid damask in a diamond-weave. The 3-part plate stack is picked straight out of the garden: a yellow sunflower square charger base; an embossed, white magnolia bloom dinner; and cabbage leaf as salad plate.

Placeholder takeaways are tiny clay pots, planted with white chocolate bunnies, bird egg jelly beans and hazel chocolate carrots. Napkins are folded as bunnies.

Individual lotus bowls (with napkins) float upon the plate stack, intended for a cold soup service - a strawberry recipe, perhaps - from a bunny tureen.
The bunny tureen was an unintended, but well-priced, vintage find from the prior weekend's antiquing jaunt with Panoply sisters.

Garden veggies are wheeled onto the table with whimsy, in a wheelbarrow server no less, complete with garden tools for guests to dig into.
The birds perched on the table serve a purpose too, as a salt and pepper duo. The centerpiece florals are a grocery mix of blooming carnations, green trick dianthus, and cabbage. Marble eggs in cupholders and a metal, verdigris bunny round out the centerpiece.
Dessert is a classic coconut cake, served on Fostoria's American square pedestal.
More bird egg jelly beans are nested where white chocolate bunnies hopped into a rope basket, handcrafted by a local artisan. Pass the bunnies, please!

The sunlight was streaming in and out of the sunroom as I was creating this tablescape. I started early, then came back at various times to do a little more. In the evening, as I was breaking down the tablescape, I found my best angles of the sun hitting the room.

My favorite time of the year, my happy colors, my happy space. It's hard to believe I ever had the winter doldrums, given the way this season is already having a positive impact on me and the way I feel. Are you coming out of winter's funk? Does moving from winter to spring do great things for your well being, too? I hope you're able to take the time to engage in a fun activity, or even just plan one with a creative vision, and enjoy the feeling, soaking in some happiness.
As always, thank you for stopping by. Your comments are always welcome. Happy Spring!
Rita C. at Panoply

serving as a standard of excellence; 
traditional, enduring; 
characterized by simple tailored lines in fashion year after year

Tablescape Source List of Classics:
Textiles - all vintage, including napkins (see below for bunny fold instructions)
Dinner plates as chargers - Fiestaware sunflower square
Luncheon plate - vintage Mikasa Magnolia (white)
Cabbage leaf salad plates (WS, new) and bunny tureen (vintage) - Bordallo Pinheiro 
Flatware - vintage Oneida
Bird salt & pepper, marble eggs, egg cupholders - vintage
Wheelbarrow crudites server, tools - Mariposa
Square cake pedestal - vintage Fostoria American cube motif 
Flower vase - WV Blenko clear glass
Verdigris metal bunny - vintage, was my mother's
Cloth rope basket - handcrafted, WV artisan, Gretchen VanNostrand
Clay pot placeholders, green glassware - Dollar Tree
Pepperidge Farm classic coconut cake, Brach's classic bird eggs (jelly beans), Russell Stover's white chocolate rabbits, Lindt's hazel chocolate carrots