Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Let's Dish ~ Easter Dinner Details

Let's Dish 

about the details of 

Easter Dinner

on the terrace.

First off the theme was 

Hen and Chicks

The exquisite arrangement above was created 

by the talented Bonni from Posey.

I love the way she paired orchids with succulents 

and this clever touch of yellow detail to fit into 

the theme of Hen and Chicks.

I added some colorful 

little hens to nest below.

And a silver compote filled with 

tillandsia (air plants) and a tiny Beswick chick.

With ten dinner guests, I set two tables.

This was the centerpiece on the larger table.  

I filled a silver basket with mixed 

hen and chick plants and trailing sedum.  

Hens and Chicks 

are succulents that form in clusters of rosettes.  

Babies or "chicks" form from 

shoots off the mother or "hen".

They can be red or green.

Some of the "hens" were flowering.

The handles of the silver basket 

have a sweet tassel detail.

And a wonderfully fluted base.

Little yellow chicks 

added a touch of whimsy.

I also tossed some 

chocolate carrots around the tables.

It's spring, 

so the tables were set with our colorful 

and whimsical MacKenzie Childs plates.

You might recall that they 

were the topic of last week's Let's Dish.  

You can read that post here.

Flatware is Italian by Showroom

napkins are by April Cornell

and vintage napkin rings with silver initials

were a find at Round Top last year. 

The smaller table was set with pastel plaid 

with a nesting hen for the centerpiece.

This sweet hen on nest is unmarked, 

but definitely vintage.  

I think she has the sweetest face.

Vintage yellow linen napkins were 

found at a neighborhood estate sale.

Pewter napkin rings were used at this table.

I added other touches of yellow with annuals.

And filled this terracotta hen 

with yellow kalanchoe and more trailing sedum.

The Quimper hen on nest was filled with cornbread.

Served with sweet cream butter.

MacKenzie Childs bowls in the 

Flower Market pattern held a variety of salads.

Printable recipe for 

Wild Rice Salad w/ Dried Sour Cherries here.

We also add brussel sprouts to the mix.

Main course was leg of lamb.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. So fun and colorful! I love your little guest soap favors!

    Have a wonderful night!


  2. Hi Sarah,
    this tables offered one eye-candy after the next. I love the way you combined vintage treasures with modern items. What a sweet idea to use the silver basket as flower pot. And the napkin rings are so precious. I have hens and chicks plants in my garden. Again, those plates are wonderful for tablescapes.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  3. What a wonderful table - so colourful and whimsical. The leg of lamb looks delicious. It's my favourite!

  4. Delightful in every way. I'll bet that the guests stayed and soaked up the beautiful Spring day long after lunch was completed. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  5. What a lovely Easter dinner that must have been, Sarah.
    Your table settings were delightful & the chef out did himself with the food!
    I'm sure your guests were delighted to be there!

  6. Sarah,

    Just lovely the way you put everything together! Both elegant and whimsical. Thanks for sharing.


  7. Your table was just perfect for Easter! We were just the two of us here and still settling in - we had chicken wings.

  8. Sarah your tables are wonderful. The food looks delish!

  9. Sarah, your Easter table is stunning. I love the silver, flower arrangements, and especially the succulents with the little chicks and hens everywhere! TOo, toocute. Of *course* I love your MacKenzie-Childs, especially the flower market enamelware. I do not own any of the enamelware like that. SO pretty!!! :D

    Have a blessed day!

    Ricki Jill

  10. Sarah, I'm sure this was a delightful dinner party! Your beautifully set table with MacKenzie-Childs is absolutely "Exquisite." What an elegant centerpiece and all of your little hens and chicks are adorable. I am so in love with those ruffled plates, and they just look like spring. I'm sure your friends enjoyed the lovely tablescapes as much as your delicious meal. Thanks for sharing your MC tablescape.

    The French Hutch

  11. Hens and chicks how I adore this. Boy that dinner looks good.

  12. you just ran with your hen and chicks, straight into a world of CUTE!

  13. Your table and food look wonderful. One hates to criticize one's host, but ours had no idea how to roast lamb and ruined it by over-cooking it. Everything else was delicious, though, so I really have no reason to complain. The good company was what really mattered, and that, I must say was great!

  14. I don't know which table I would sit at, they were both lovely! It must have been a wonderful day at your house, everything is displayed so beautifully!
    Love the texture in those pretty yellow napkins! The centerpieces are very special!
    Thanks for linking this to Let's Dish!

  15. Wonderful photos, Sarah! I really love the succulents in the silver containers and want to try that look myself. Way to carry out a theme! I know your guests were charmed by the setting and loved the delicious-looking food!

  16. What lovely colorful tables...perfect for Easter. I love the handle on the silver basket. The leg of lamb looks mouthwatering delicious!

  17. ...and I wasn't invited! :-( The food looks absolutely fabulous! (I'm not just saying that because I had a chili dog for lunch! It really DOES look amazing!) The colorful tables look great and the floral designer really pulled off a good one! I love all the succulents you used, too!!!!

  18. Hi Sarah,

    Love all of the fun and whimsey on display here...and you know how much I love pretty the arrangement in the elegant silver footed piece turned out. And the food looks delicious, too. You really do it up right and so glad the weather seemed to be co operating with your outdoor festivities.


  19. How nice to be able to celebrate Easter outside. Your plant table decorations are gorgeous. I love the orchids with the succulents, really pretty!

  20. How nice to be able to celebrate Easter outside. Your plant table decorations are gorgeous. I love the orchids with the succulents, really pretty!

  21. I am in love with your MacKenzie Childs plates...Whenever I am in NYC, to make a point to go to her store...phenominal place. Your succulent basket is all the plants you incorporated on the divine!!!

  22. Oh Sarah~ This is wonderful down to the last detail! LOVE, Love, love the Hen and Chicks arrangements! Wonderful with your MC and your food looks delicious! Your guests had to be thrilled to sit at one of your tables and those English soaps are a delightful favor :)

  23. Sarah, I LOVE all your cute hens and chicks and the silver basket with the H&C is gorgeous. How much fun are all the little hens and your Quimper hen is to die for. Love how you used it to serve the cornbread. Everything is just perfect, and how lovely to be able to have dinner on the terrace.

  24. WOW! You just made this bird-obsessed person VERY happy! All the little chicks are just adorable! This is such a fun and whimsical celebration! The food looks delicious!

  25. Hi Sarah! I love your wonderful table! Those dishes are just so sweet and all of your accessories are perfect! Love your little vintage chicken dish too. I'm sure everyone had a wonderful time at your pretty table.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  26. It looks like a delicious Easter was had at your house, Sarah! Beautiful setting , dishes and food.

    A friend's daughter is using succulent arrangement for her wedding reception centerpieces ..they will look very unique, like your arrnagements here!

  27. Delightful Easter table on the terrance, sounding very French! Love the hens and chicks, vintage yellow napkins, unique napkin rings, and delicious looking food. I'm sure your guests were happy to take home their thoughtful party favors. You are a hostess! Happy Spring, CJ

  28. There is so much to comment on! What a great post.
    I have never seen hens and chicks bloom. Very pretty!

  29. What a lovely table. This is so pretty! I hope you will visit me at My Dream Canvas. Have a lovely weekend.

  30. How absolutely divine. You always set the loveliest table.

  31. It all looks so nice! I love the pastel table, especially the vintage hen and yellow napkins. ; )

  32. What a cute them and a delicious looking salad! I am sure it was a meal no one will forget!

  33. Eep! Where to begin....

    I love the succulents on the table so much. I started liking succulents a few years ago and now, they just win me over every time. They are so unique and beautiful in an understated way. I just bought some intending to put them in a larger planter so I will definitely keep this post in mind.

    I love the hens. Very cute and different theme. My mil has a large collection, but she's never used them for a table, I don't think. I may share this entry with her so she might use them for a holiday sometime.

    The salads look amazing and you've left me very hungry. LOL.

    The china is fantastic. I loved the plates so much. Very cheerful and perfect for the occasion.

    I also think the guest soaps as favors was a lovely touch. Very lucky guests to be invited to this meal.

    I'm jealous. :D


  34. Hi Sarah!
    How Delicious with your touches of "whimsy"! LOVE IT! Hens & Chickens ALWAYS remind me of my Grandmother... We would get our weekly tour of her gardens EVERY Sunday and she KNEW I wanted to see the her Hens & Chickens "FIRST"...Funny thing was SHE had REAL ONES TOO!
    LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your Quimper Hen on the Nest filled with cornbread(MMMMmmmm).
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Big Hugs,

  35. MY GOODNESS this is a feast of fabulous dimensions!!!!!

    Dear heart, thank you for coming to visit and with such kind words. May your April be ENCHANTING.....Anita

  36. So beautiful Sarah. Wow you have some gorgeous Mackenzie and Child pieces! Very pretty salad and salad bowls. Your menu looks delicious!! Hope you are not having the severe weather there that we are! Enjoyed your post!
    Miss Bloomers

  37. Looks like a perfectly festive time! What a celebration.

    Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  38. Sarah, love your Mackenzie Child pieces on your Easter table! Your guests must have felt every special.

  39. So many beautiful details added to your table and of course the chocolate carrots were a perfect addition! Love the MacKenzie Childs plates and especially the Quimperware hen.

  40. WoW! i love your textures and colors so cool! Joann

  41. What a treat it would have been to be a guest at this party!

    Thanks for clearing up for me what Hens and Chicks are -- I always heard of them, never knew quite what they looked like. Your other chicks and hens are really cute, too. And of course the lovely tables. The food is quite tasty looking, and I know everyone enjoyed it.

  42. What a treat it would have been to be a guest at this party!

    Thanks for clearing up for me what Hens and Chicks are -- I always heard of them, never knew quite what they looked like. Your other chicks and hens are really cute, too. And of course the lovely tables. The food is quite tasty looking, and I know everyone enjoyed it.

  43. Hi! Your table reminds me of spring. Love the textures on your table napkin! Wonderful Stuff!

    Satin Tablecloths

  44. What fun it must have been to be your guest for Easter! Your tables look so fresh and pretty, and of course, I LOVE and am lusting over your beautiful Quimper hen server. Also Loving those April Cornell napkins and all of the napkin rings. Your favors are lovely too. You really know how to make an event special. laurie

  45. What a lovely Easter Table you set for your guests, I hope it was a happy and peaceful day. I particularly liked the way you used the succulents.

  46. Sarah, each and every detail adds up to perfection. I love it all, and I am certain your guests did, too.♥

    I have my Easter dinner tablescape posted today.

  47. Girl, am I late to this party or what???

    You have managed a most charmin' Easter settin' on the terrace. It's simply perfection!

    Next year...I'm comin' to your house...'K'??? Heeehehehe!

    God bless ya and have a most glorious week sweetie!!! :o)

  48. It looks like it was a wonderful meal. I have some of those same succulents. Love that silver basket too. Beautiful!

  49. I just came back for a second look. I love the tiered server. I've seen that in the McKenzie Child's catalog and have been eyeing it. What a wonderful serving piece.

    - The Tablescaper

  50. Such a pretty tablescape, Sarah. I love all the succulents on the table and that hen does have such a sweet face!

    What a pretty place to enjoy your lovely meal.

  51. Hey Sarah! You forgot to invite me! .... :) What a delightful table Sarah. It's chic and whimsical too. Succulents seem to be the in greens this Spring. I even saw some fake ones yesterday at the hobby store. My Mom always had hen and chicks. They are so sweet. Hope you are having a wonderful week. xo Lynn

  52. Hey sweet Sarah! I tagged you today. I normally hate tags but thought why not. I had nothing else to post today. ;) Don't feel obligated by any means.
    Have a nice week!

  53. Yum! Sarah that looks fantastic!
    Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  54. oh my goodness, Sarah...this could not have been more exquisite! Your table decorations are ALWAYS to die for!!!!!!
    The food looks fabulous too.
    We also had the Lindt carrots. Love Lindt.
    So now I am going through your whole post again to feast my eyes.
    I am sorry, I have been such a sporadic blogger lately.
    Enjoy your beautiful spring... we still have cold nights and days too.
    Many hugs,

  55. What a lovely table! That basket is so pretty filled with the various succulents/cactus, and those little chicks are just adorable.
    The lamb looks wonderful! I bet it was!

  56. Hi Sarah!

    What a delicious spread you folks put out...spectacular choices. The wild rice salad is printing off as I type...thanks for the recipe.

    I love all the hens & chicks & am amazed at the various collections. Pretty serving pieces, too. I NEED one of those cantilevered 3-tiered ones. Great for buffets!

    Thank you, too, for the link to Posey's site. WOW!! Some GORGEOUS arrangements. I wish I'd become a florist instead of a nurse. *sigh*


  57. Oh & its not too late to join Vee's Note Card party. I just did mine a few minutes ago.

    You don't have to write an epistle, ya' know...just go find 4 photos!!!

  58. Your Easter table is adorable, Sarah! I love all the succulents. Your centerpieces are just beautiful....Christine

  59. Thanks for sharing your Easter details. Love the hen and chick theme and your real hen and chick plants. I used to have some of them in a strawberry pots. So cute and such a cute idea.

  60. Lovely, Sarah! Your attention to detail is amazing! Of course, the Quimper hen caught my eye! I know your guests enjoyed themselves and appreciated the pretty soap! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  61. Thanks so much for linking this amazing post up to my Say G'Day Saturday Party. I can see why so many people left such nice comments-this post was full of wonderful ideas!

    I hope you will be able to join in and link up another fabulous post this weekend, Sarah!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  62. Another fabulous tablescape! The table is perfect with your special interpretation. Beautiful job, as always!!


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