Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Dining

Easter was a sweet affair at our house this year.  It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and I enjoyed seeing my brothers and spending a little time with their families and my sweet mother.  I cooked like nobody's business and hopefully sent them away full and satisfied.

It was such a busy morning, but I managed to set a fun and whimsical Easter tablescape for us as well.  

 I pulled out a large piece of yellow buffalo checked moire fabric that I've used for the tablecloth several times before. I wanted to keep things casual and add lots of color too.

Here's my table all set for eight shown before I pulled in the extra chairs from the kitchen.  We all fit but I am thinking I really should consider getting a longer table.  My dining room would accommodate one just fine with a slight furniture rearrangement.  For my settings, I opted to use a mixture of glasses and plates.

Four place settings had the Butlers Pantry "Gourmet" dinner plates mixed with Accoutrements Cornelia Cream salad plates.   All of the china used is from Lenox.  

Each of those settings also had a checked floral napkins and a polka dotted egg napkin ring of which there were four different colors and my new purple stemware from Novica.

The polka dotted egg napkin rings I purchased at work from Stein Mart.

The other four settings had Butlers Pantry dinner plates and salad plates and green goblets from one of Walmart's Better Homes and Garden collections.

They all had a little ceramic ducky napkin rings paired with yellow floral napkins.

I used my wedding stainless, Louisiana by Onieda for all eight settings.  This photo here shows you how close the two settings were in the middle.   Pretty tight huh?  It's a good thing our family doesn't mind rubbing elbows together.  LOL!

My new stemware made it to the Easter table this year but I still want to do a special purple setting using them soon but not just yet.

I kept a few elements for the center of the table that I used in my last setting but added a few new things as well.

Since I knew I would busy cooking the rest of the meal I took the easy way out on the dessert and bought a coconut cake from Sams.  It was delicious and sooo moist!  I also bought the mini croissant rolls from Sams too.  They are my all time favorites to enjoy during the holidays.

I just couldn't wait to use my wire eggs for a centerpiece.  I wanted to add our dyed eggs to them and had intended to have everything ready before our guests arrived.  Unfortunately working everyday the week prior to Easter and cooking all morning on Easter left me strapped for time to dye the eggs.

Thankfully I was able to talk my son and one of my nephews into helping out with dying the eggs.

They were so sweet!  They really wanted to dye the eggs with two different tones on each side.  I did not have any of those wire egg holders so they patiently held each egg in the cup to get the different colors.  Thankfully we only dyed a few but I couldn't help but chuckle when I looked across the table at dinner to see my sons fingertips were dyed too.   

They did such an awesome job and were able to place them on our table to complete our centerpiece.  But the real reason to get the eggs dyed was to have them ready for our family's annual "egg wars" where we tap them against each other on the ends to see who has the winning egg.  This blue and green one shown here was the winning egg and my son was the proud winner.

With the eggs all done, the food cooked and table set we all sat down, enjoyed each others company and stuffed our bellies full!

I hope you had a fantastic Easter with family and friends too!

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  1. Mary- It all looks just beautiful. I love your mixed table setting and the colors are fresh and pretty. I LOVE those wire egg holders- I haven't seen those anywhere before. They are great and I love that your son and nephew very sweetly got their fingers dyed to make perfect two-toned eggs. Have a great day- xo Diana

  2. What a gorgeous table setting Mary! I love the spring colors and the purple stemware is so pretty!

  3. You set a beautiful table for Easter Mary! I love the checked tablecloth and the green glasses. Very nice! They did a good job on the eggs. Funny about them dyeing their fingers! I saw a picture on Pinterest where they put the egg in a wisk and dipped them. Not sure why I never thought of that!

  4. It all looks so festive, Mary! I'm impressed that you could pull it all off, what with working right up to the last minute. So much of the cooking has to be done the morning of the event. I didn't even know Sams had mini croissant rolls!!

    GREAT JOB & how blessed you are to still have your Mom around to celebrate with. I can only wish mine were still alive.

    Handsome son & nephew did a fine job on those eggs! BRAVO & I bet they had a blast doing them, too. You're never too old to dye Easter eggs.


  5. Looks like the perfect yummy day! I love that the boys helped dye the eggs! What good boys. Everything looks wonderful! Happy Easter!

  6. Cute table Mary! I love the big yellow checks all of the different colored napkins! Glad you had a nice Easter:@)

  7. I think it's so funny that you got your son and nephew to dye eggs for you. They must be wonderful guys! I really do love your table. Those duck napkin rings are my favorite part of all. I would love something whimsical like that.

  8. Hi Mary...glad your Easter was nice...looked like a great time had by all. I think to add my blog back you actually have to unfollow my old one. Then add my new url. www.debbie-debbiedoos.com

  9. Love the buffalo check table cloth...I have the Lenox Butlers pantry dishes and love them...they are so versatile....I recognize this great candlesticks from Southern Living Home parties...beautiful tablescape...Looks like a great time was had by all!

  10. Mary.. this table is fabulous. It's all in perfect harmony and so interesting because of the mix of items. Looks like a great time! xo marlis

  11. Hi Mary,your table is beautiful and the guys did a great job with those eggs. Unique centerpiece idea. Visiting from Kathleen's Let's Dish. xo

  12. How fun and refreshing! I love the way you mixed dishes and stemware. And the egg war sounds like a wonderful tradition. My grandchildren would love it.

  13. The entire table is just beautiful! However, my fave is those big ol' boys dying those eggs! How sweet!!!

  14. You do have a beautiful table and looks like your group had a fun time getting together. Thanks for sharing.

  15. This is so beautiful, Mary. I love the wired egg shaped centerpieces. Looks like everyone had a great time...Christine

  16. This is so cute! I love all the colors you used and tied it together with those pretty napkins. Those wire eggs are great~ Never too old to dye eggs.
    Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful table at Let's Dish! I look forward to your purple table!

  17. Fun table Mary and I really enjoyed seeing your son and nephew coloring eggs!

  18. Everything is so cute! I love all your fun colors, your napkin rings are just adorable!

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful day!


  19. I love the mix and match of plates, glasses and napkins...it is very pleasing to the eye.
    Kids of any age love coloring eggs...even old ladies like me, too!

  20. Hi Mary. This is my first visit here, but I'll be back! I love this table with its lovely dishes and very cute wire egg baskets, I've never seen anything like them! And the whole setting is really given panache by the backdrop of your absolutely gorgeous dining room! I just love the color of your walls.

  21. Everything on your table is stunning.

    COol men helped! Great guys.

    Everybody looks so contented with your settings.

    Have a great w/end.

  22. It looks like everyone had a wonderful time! Your decorations and table looked fabulous.

    I'm visiting via Cuisine Kathleen. Lovely to meet you!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz


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