Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easter Dining

I've been helping my daughter design her Easter dining table. It is set for the occasion and features a whimsical yet elegant table. Take a look at her giant Easter rabbit that is front and center and looks like he could take a huge leap right off the table. He came from Nell Hill's in Kansas City.


What a guy to have such prestige at the table!

Although the Bible makes no mention of a long-eared, short-tailed creature who delivers decorated eggs to well-behaved children on Easter Sunday, the Easter bunny has become a prominent symbol of Christianity’s most important holiday. 



He's hopping right over the Easter egg wreath used as a centerpiece. The grapevine wreath has yellow and green eggs with purple flowers and came from Pier 1. You can see additional pieces of this collection used here on my Easter Naturals Tablescape. 



Elegant and whimsy meet at each place setting when elegant Lenox Eternal Gold meets casual burlap bunny-ear napkin rings from Pier 1. She is using burlap fabric for her table runner and has used the burlap on so many occasions as seen in the Fall here, and here, and even at Christmas here.


The bunny ear napkin rings hold Fresco Paisley Pottery Barn napkins. They are muted colors of a blue/gray, brown and a little yellow.

Next to the napkins are fun Easter cupcakes with Wilton picket fence cupcake wraps from Michaels. Click here for a link to my Easter cupcake decorating project. 


Each cupcake was iced with green icing then topped with additional green grass using a Wilton grass tip. The little bunnies are Icing Decorations by Wilton also purchased at Michaels. The jelly beans were added for fun and color. Who doesn't like to eat a jelly bean or two!


Lenox Eternal Gold flatware and stemware bring a little added elegance to this Easter table. We placed an ivory napkin under the forks.


An extra plate of goodies is ready for her guests. Decorated shortbread cookies with lemon icing from Panera Bread, yellow rabbit Peeps, and  more cupcakes should keep everyone happy.


The little bird on the right behind the napkin is peeking her head up for a look at the plate of goodies.



No candles needed for the candle sticks, just a few eggs on top.
Happy Easter to all of you as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ -   Judy.


Linking to:
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage 
Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill
Meet Me Monday at You're Talking Too Much 
Make-It-Pretty Monday's at The Dedicated House

Table Top Tuesday  at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E

Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Transformed Tuesdays at PJH Designs



Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style 
DIY by Design for Swing Into Spring
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday

Tablescape Thursday  at Between Naps on the Porch
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday

Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life



  



Monday, March 25, 2013

For The Love of Peeps

I showed you some Peeps the other day that I used with my Easter cupcakes here but my two sweet grandsons ate those cute Peeps as soon as I finished taking pictures. You know the traditional yellow bunny type of Peeps.


So I needed more Peeps; then next came six inches of snow so I couldn't get to the store for more Peeps. Well, if you can't shop, you might as well look at blogs and see what clever ideas are out there in blogland. Mary over at Home Is Where The Boat Is saved me with her creative and adorable post "Garnished with Easter Peeps." She is just the best!!

By Monday noon the roads were mostly clear, so off to Target in search of those Anniversary Peeps. Can you imagine 60 years of Peeps!!


 Anniversary Peeps it is!!

Now my grandsons will have these cute little pastel Peeps. 

I'm at their house this week and have created a special vignette featuring the Anniversary Peeps and whimsical Easter decor.





I can't wait until they come home from daycare and see the Anniversary Peeps!! 




Linking to:

Met Monday at BNOTP
Table Top Tuesday  at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Transformed Tuesdays at PJH Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
Tasty Thursday at The Mandatory Mooch

Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Thursday’s Treasures at Food Done Light
Foody Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper









Saturday, March 23, 2013

Easter Naturals

Do you enjoy natural elements on the table?

My Easter tablescape features natural elements that remind me of a walk in the woods or along a garden path on a warm Spring day. Bring your basket in case you want to pick something!


I stopped in Pier 1 looking for a wreath for my daughter's Easter table and found the basket above and the nests below. I'll show you her wreath later. 


I couldn't resist the nests with their natural look. I continued the natural elements with the woven chargers under the Fiesta bowl and plate. 


The etched green stemware is a bit more elegant but works so well with the green eggs in the basket and nests. I used the same stemware on my Hoppy Easter tablescape seen here

Green and yellow eggs plus dainty yellow, purple and hot pink flowers fill the nests and basket. 

The three tumbling rabbits beneath the basket are Fitz and Floyd. The purple pansies they are holding bring a little more purple to the table.


The table is ready, now I'm just waiting for family to arrive. 


I like extra purple napkins beneath the Fiesta bowl. It really makes the purple flowers in the baskets pop. My flatware belonged to my Mom and is the Daffodil Pattern by 1847 Rogers.

Susan over at BNOTP mentioned decorated cookies from Big Lots. I liked the ones she was featuring so I stopped in Big Lots in my area and found these cute decorated Easter baskets. Thanks for the tip Susan!!



My Easter Naturals table is topped off with green cloth napkins and wooden napkin rings. Two napkin choices must be better than one.

I hope you are planning an Easter celebration with your family or friends - Judy.

Linking to:
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage 
Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill
Meet Me Monday at You're Talking Too Much 
Mosaic Monday
Make-It-Pretty Monday's at The Dedicated House


Table Top Tuesday  at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday

You're Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E

Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Transformed Tuesdays at PJH Designs
Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style 

DIY by Design for Swing Into Spring

Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday


Tablescape Thursday  at Between Naps on the Porch
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here

Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner

Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday

Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage
Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Friday
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life













Friday, March 22, 2013

It's My Birthday

Hi Everyone, it's my birthday and I'm sharing my cake with you.


To my surprise, my daughter bought a strawberry cake and a few treats for a little party just for me.

Check out these beautiful chocolate covered strawberries. Oh they are so yummy!

Look at the cute rabbit ear cookies with the pink icing. So sweet, and see the drop of white icing in the center of the ears.

The eggs on a stick are marshmallows covered in icing and sprinkles. 

Wow, it's been a good birthday! 

I'm so glad I swam my 40 laps today before we celebrated with the strawberry cake and treats - Judy.


Linking to:


On The Menu Monday at StoneGable

Marvelous Monday at This Gal Cooks

Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

Tasty Thursday at The Mandatory Mooch

Thursday’s Treasures at Food Done Light


Foody Friday at Rattlebridge Farm

Beverly for Pink Saturday   


Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Easter Cupcakes

I have kind of been trying to improve my cupcake decorating skills. Today I am working on Easter cupcakes. It has to be easy and fairly simple!


Adding grass to my cupcakes is my main objective in this process. I am using a Wilton grass tip.


I was determined to get the hang of it and discovered it was all in how much icing and pressure I was applying. This one looks too much like a star so I need to apply less pressure and pull the tip a little to get the glassy look.


 Too much pressure and too much icing and my grass looked so not like grass. So take it easy on the pressure!

I jazzed the cupcakes up with Wilton cupcake wrappers and Icing Decorations.


 Now maybe no one will notice they aren't perfect and will eat them quickly! A few jelly beans make it colorful.


 Add a few Peeps to the plate . . . 



and some Decorated cookies from Panera Bread.

I'm going to replate them on Lenox Eternal Gold china and now they even take on a look of elegance. I'm adding them to an Easter tablescape that I'll show you soon.

 Thanks for stopping in to see another attempt by me at cupcake decorating. - Judy.



Linking to:

Metamorphoris Monday at BNOTP
On The Menu Monday at StoneGable

Marvelous Monday at This Gal Cooks

Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

Tasty Thursday at The Mandatory Mooch

Thursday’s Treasures at Food Done Light


Foody Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper