Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Countdown to Easter

Redbuds are in full bloom around town

and our days are warming up with

bright sunshine and blue skies.

Spring has definitely arrived!

I recently found this chippy rabbit 

at an antique show.

 Antique cast iron Hubley garden rabbit 

circa late1800 to early 1900.

I cut some redbud branches and brought them in

to fill a large vintage ironstone pitcher.

A nest of hand-painted eggs painted

in the 80s and 90s by my friend, Nancy R.

An early Easter present!

Porcelain Plates and Mugs

BIA Cordon Bleu

From the aisles of Home Goods

Packaged in these

adorable storage boxes.

All became my creative muse 

as inspiration for

Easter Brunch ~ 2015.

I thought the bunny plates would pair perfectly with

 MacKenzie-Childs Taylor ceramics and

chargers in Ambiance Vintage Garden.

I'm not a matchy-matchy kind of girl.

When I first started buying these plates in the 1980s, 

I'd buy a single plate in a different pattern.

The whimsy of it all fits the MacKenzie-Childs esthetic.  

Click here to see another spring table 

with Taylor ceramics and

to read about the different patterns.

One thing I liked about the box of plates

was that each plate is a different spring color.

Don't they play well with the Taylor patterns?

Cute matching mugs

are perfect for tea or coffee

or soup or dessert.

Several years ago, MacKenzie-Childs

sold mini compotes in the various Taylor designs.

I'm certainly happy I added some to my cupboard

because now they've been discontinued.

They are perfect for ice cream and individual desserts.

Or as a nest for special 

Easter cookies.

 With all the colors going on at each place setting,

I decided my soft pink linen placemats

were a good choice along with our Sir Christopher Silver.

The ceramic bunny napkin rings were

from Sur La Table years ago,

but these cute gingham napkins can be

found at Pier I this season.

Nice quality woven gingham in pastels and

edged with a sweet little crocheted detail.

Springtime calls for 

bees and bunnies, don't you think?

Here you are ~

A springtime table ready for

Easter brunch right after the egg hunt.

Easter will be here in

eleven days!

Are you ready?


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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. Sarah, This is so adorable. I love your McKenzie Child plates and with the bunny plates they are even better! The vintage bunny is so handsome and I love how you scattered the Redbud on the tray. This is my favorite Easter table by far! Dianne

  2. Oh! Sweet Goodness! Everything is just darling. I LOVE how you collected the plates over time and how well they blend with your new cups and plates. WHAT fun! You have redbuds blooming? You are sooo lucky. We are still growing ice here. Sarah, it is just BEAUTIFUL. Happy Easter to you! xo Diana

  3. Bonjour chère amie,

    Quel bonheur que d'admirer chacune de vos photos !... Un petit billet pascal qui me ravit avec un choix de céramiques magnifiques et très printanier.

    ♡ Gros bisous ♡

  4. This is such a pretty and cheery table! I just discovered that there is a Home Goods in Albuquerque (newish). Yay! Love the iron bunny and the branches!

  5. Sarah - Your Easter table is wonderful! I love everything about it: the painted eggs, bunny plates that perfectly coordinate with the M-C ceramics, the silver, napkins and placemats.... Everything is so pretty! Your Hubley rabbit is amazing; I collect Hubley dogs but didn't know about the rabbits. And where did you get those precious decorated cookies?

    Thank you for inspiring me to step my Easter decorations up a notch. Have a happy holiday!

  6. Who was so sweet to give you those bunny dishes and cups?
    Well deserved.....
    I love all the that style..and your antique bunny and so sweet. Everything..

  7. Springtime exists joyfully in the patterns of your MacKenzie-Childs dishes. Your chippy bunny is a treasure, and the gingham napkins are delicate and perfect. Beautiful!

  8. Sarah, your table is adorable. I love the bunny plates. Gingham and polka dotted linens are my new favorites this year! I love that your antique rabbit is sitting guard over those beautiful eggs.
    Our rosebuds haven't blossomed, yet...but the lilac are starting to leaf out and have loads of buds on the very tips of the branches...hope we don't get a storm or heavy frost.

  9. This post is delightful! I love your chippie garden bunny, and your bunny plates are so pretty. Yes! The MC plates look like they were made to go with the bunny plates - all in pretty Spring colors. Those gingham napkins are also perfect with this setting. I love that they are all different pastels. I'm going to have to get to Pier 1 before those sell out. Our redbuds are not in bloom yet. Yours make such a pretty centerpiece, and the petals brighten the tray beneath. The whole setting is perfection.

  10. Dearest Sarah,
    What a lovely set you've accumulated over the years! Sur la Table always carried great pieces and your treasure finds at Home Goods with others make for a perfect Easter setting.
    Hugs to you,

  11. What a treat! I absolutely love your plates, actually, the whole table from the colorful plates to your pretty silver and the darling compotes! I would have snapped up that chippy bunny in a second!! Beautiful, Sarah! :)

    Jane x

  12. A perfect blend for an Easter confection...well played. No Easter table this year at my house
    :-(. Sweet Mister thinks we need to go out to make it easier on me. Knee is coming along. Started outpatient physical therapy this week. Oneard and upward! Happy easter, dear friend. Cherry Kay

  13. Oh my...Can I bring my Easter guests to your house??!! Your table is really breath taking, I love your rusty rabbit and gorgeous table ware!!


  14. Lovin' your new bunny plates and napkins Sarah! Very cool rabbit too-enjoy:@)

  15. Oh, Sarah, what a pretty table with lovely Easter colors! I bought a dozen of those gingham napkins to use on last year's table and am planning to use them again this Easter. And those cookies! I'd love to make some so gorgeous!

  16. The bunny set is adorable. Such personality. You've pulled the colors together wonderfully. The cast iron rabbit is a great find. He reminds me a bit of Dana and the Stone Rabbit.

  17. Sarah, I finally stopping pinning and oohing and aahing to make a comment. I love your sweet colorful bunny plates on your McK-C chargers, they're a match made in Easter heaven! Your redbud branches in a pitcher for the table are my “hyacinths for the soul”...what beautiful and timely spring centerpiece with the shower of petals on your tray. Your cast iron bunny is a treasure too. I can't believe Easter is coming so quickly, I need to get hopping! Thanks for the beauty and artful cookies for dessert :)

  18. Oh my goodness, Sarah, I just received an email of your post and had to hop on over to comment. Your table is one of my favorites! It is so darling and whimsical with the M-C Taylor plates and your new bunny plates. What a fabulous pairing they make! The gingham napkins just add to the look. Oh, and the good fortune of your antique, chippy bunny...he's perfect on the tray withnyour redbud branches and the painted eggs. The compotes are wonderful for holding your treats, too. May I please have a cookie on the way out the door?

  19. How precious...LOVE your new cups & plates, Sarah!!! Just perfect with your McK-C items. So cute with those darling napkins, too.
    I swore I wasn't buying any more dishes but you've got me itching to run out to our HG & Pier 1, to see if I can find some of the same. And I didn't think I was going to bother with cooking Easter dinner this year. You've inspired me, as usual.

  20. Sarah, you have impeccable taste in both what you procure and how you style it. Just beautiful, the way you mix high and lower end.

  21. Sarah, I always love to see your holiday tablescapes but my goodness this whimsical Easter table is the best ever. You have a wonderful eye for detail, everything goes so well together from the antique bunny right down to the gingham napkins and delightful Easter cookies. A triumph, m'dear!

  22. Sarah, This post is so full of beautiful and interesting things that I don't know where to begin! Perhaps with those lovely eggs~~what a treasure! And the MacKenzie plates always make me happy. My collection is all enamel but I love the pottery too. I must learn more about the Hubley pieces so I will recognize them at antique shops. Everything here is just so pretty. I would love to sit at this table on Easter morning. Linda

  23. Love the way everything came together to create such a lovely Easter table! I am drooling over the chippy rabbit and your hand painted eggs -- your friend is very talented! And the cookies look so delicious!

  24. Nobody does a table setting like you Sarah - always beautiful, forever stunning! You just keep getting more and more adept at bringing together the perfect place settings along with fabulous centerpieces etc. I LOVE that new bunny - we would have come to friendly blows over that one if shopping together - he's gorgeous!! I love the way he's posed with his head up, definitely alert. Your painted eggs are splendid - your friend is so talented, and I love the M-C compotes and dishes. I saw so many pretty Easter things at HomeGoods recently but had to control the urge to add more china - just nowhere to store it and I really need to downsize (hate that word and all the work it requires!). I just know friends will be fighting for a place at your brunch table!
    The cookies are beautiful - I'm useless at decorating cookies that way - and your St. Christopher silver pattern is gorgeous.

    Happy Easter, happy Spring my dear.
    Love and hugs - Mary

  25. Sarah, what a cute table. Love the bunny plates! All the colors and patterns are so bright, happy and Spring like! You do set an adorable table my friend.

  26. *sigh* It's all so lovely, Sarah! The bees and the bunnies and the tender pastels......... it looks like you are all ready for Easter and the Easter Bunny. I love the way you've mixed things up - such a pretty effect.
    We are taking Easter to Edmonton, leaving later today. It will be deep in snow and very cold there, but we will bring a little springtime with us!

  27. Hi Sarah, your Easter table is so perfect. I adore those wonderful bunny plates, it's all just beautiful. thanks for joining in for the SYS party!

  28. Sarah you have created a magical inspired Easter table. Love your antique Rabbit find, the plates the napkins... Well I love everything! Your Red flowers look so lovely with the blooms dropping in the tray.

  29. Very much ready for Easter, Sarah. Very pretty and lots of work.
    I just popped in from Sarah Beth's Magnolia Lane and saw you guessing that she was from Texas. We are also. The Bluebonnets are really popping out along the freeways, our Early Ford V8 club is getting ready for a Bluebonnet run.
    Our Red Buds here in the Houston area have come and gone, about three weeks ago now. We have a few pinkish blooms limply hanging from our still, but it is one of the late bloomers. The Azaleas are just now blooming but ours are always late as well.

  30. I was scrolling up and down, over and over - didn't want to miss a thing! I adore the compotes - such versatile pieces. The bunny dishes are just perfect with the MC dishes. The table is so "springy" and you know if Deb and I lived closer, we would "crash" your brunch!! Pretty, pretty, pretty!!

  31. What a gorgeous table! I love the way you pulled everything together, it's not matchy- matchy, but just perfect! The plates, napkins, pitcher, ant that fabulous bunny,

  32. I would love some bunny dishes.. Yours are adorable. I would love more MacKinsie Childs things..but they have gotten out of my price range. So..I just keep my wish books..(their catalog) when they come..and look for things I can have. right now? The knobs for my sofa table. AFTER I finish the wallpaper. I love their things..and your dishes are so sweet.

  33. Sarah, everything is lovely. I am a gingham girl so that really caught my eye. When I have a large crowd at Easter, I set several tables all with different spring gingham tablecloths. I adore your bunny dishes...too cute! Visiting from Home and Garden Party. Stop by and check out my recipe for a green chilies cheese grits casserole. It would look yummy on those cute plates!
    Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

  34. Sarah, this is such a beautiful springtime table setting. I love how you mix and match and it all looks fabulous! Love the bunnies, I’m going to try to get to the HG’s store to see if any rabbit sets available then I would love to run to Pier 1 for those gingham napkins. Love the Redbud branches, beautiful..............

  35. I forgot to mention the chippy rabbit, what a rare find and he is gorgeous!

  36. Sarah, what a beautiful tablescape. The rabbit is so cute and everything looks really good. Love the red bud trees. Was over to Pier One Tuesday night, but didn't see those napkins, but they had stunning decorations.

  37. Sarah,
    What a fun, colored Easter table! All of your assorted plates do play well together under the redbud tree branches. The redbuds are blooming in my yard also. A vase full of the branches is sitting on my kitchen island shading a bunny and eggs.

    The chippy rabbit is a wonderful find.


  38. Sarah, how I love this Easter table. I think the bunny dishes were made to coordinate with the Taylor ceramics :-) Patti and I would love to be a guest at your table.

  39. Sarah, I had to hop back over for another peek at your delightful table!...* happy sigh*. I'm wishing I had access to a redbud tree ♥

  40. Sarah, what a happy table - a feast for the eyes! All of the colors and patterns truly look like spring and I love those bunny plates. My redbud tree is in full bloom and I can see it from my kitchen window. How I love this time of year!!

  41. Fabulous Sarah! What a happy setting!

  42. Wow the redbuds won't bloom here for a long time yet! What a great s pring flower and it goes so well with your tablescape. Love the new plates- I just saw those at TJ's yesterday but I had just been gifted some bunny plates so I refrained from buying them. I like the mix of these with the MC dishes. I guess that's a smart way to buy from at a time- then it's not so overwhelming! I hope you'll get a chance to visit my tablescape and see my bunnies too! Easter is fast approaching!

  43. You do have the most beautiful dishes, dear one. This table is to die for.

  44. Gorgeous! I love it all! Hugs P.S> I invite you to share at my Thursday hop ( you can link up through Sat midnight)

  45. Hi Sarah! Love your table! Your bunny plates combined with the others from MacKenzie- Childs are perfect!

  46. Sarah, I enjoyed visiting from Pink Saturday. My favorite is probably your countdown sign. Simply adorable.. Have a blessed week.

  47. Sarah, oh my goodness, everything you touched is just beautifully done! I love Mackenzie-Childs and you are really showing it off this Easter. Truly lovely~

  48. Gorgeous and your pictures are just beautiful.
    Nancy (@linensandlaurel)

  49. Sarah, Your table is one of my favorites for the season! Those Mackenzie-Child chargers are just so pretty with the mix and match bunny plates. I love your style. I'm not a matchy matchy girl either. I love lots of pattern and whimsy which is what you have created. Truly spectacular! Happy Easter...our redbuds just started blooming here and they just start the season out right!
    Miss Bloomers

  50. Sarah, Your table is one of my favorites for the season! Those Mackenzie-Child chargers are just so pretty with the mix and match bunny plates. I love your style. I'm not a matchy matchy girl either. I love lots of pattern and whimsy which is what you have created. Truly spectacular! Happy Easter...our redbuds just started blooming here and they just start the season out right!
    Miss Bloomers

  51. The chippy rabbit and the hand painted eggs are the perfect complement to the bunny salad plates and the MC plates and compotes. Together everything makes a delightfully adorable spring brunch table to sit down and enjoy on Easter morning. We are still a long way from having any of the flowering trees and shrubs blooming in our neighborhood, seeing your redbuds looking so pretty in the ironstone pitcher brightened my day.

  52. Sarah, this table setting is too cute. I adore the chippy iron bunny. I would buy that If I found it. Those eggs are gorgeous and the plates and napkins are cute, too.

  53. How sweet! Very festive for Easter!

  54. I adore that vintage bunny!!! I would have scooped him up too! The plates are wonderful, the whole table is so pretty! I wish we had ANYTHING blooming around here. Yesterday we had snow flakes!!!! UGH!!!

  55. I am oohing and aching over your charming tables cape. And, oh my those beautiful hand painted eggs. It's all perfection and accented by those lovely red buds. Great job Sarah!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  56. Sarah, I'm smiling all the way through your charming post. Your eggs are beautiful. What a talented friend. All the china pieces are darling and you have delightfully put together a great tablescape. Love the bunny and the colorful napkins and the beautiful vase of redbuds.

  57. Your tablescape is gorgeous!
    I especially love hand-painted Easter eggs, redbud branches and retro garden bunny- what a great centerpiece :)

    I hope you will share your decor with our Link Up - Idea box:


  58. This is a very sweet and colorful Easter Brunch tablescape, Sarah! The bunny mugs and dishes are perfect, and that chippy antique rabbit was such a wonderful find!
    Our weather has been quite nice this week and my daffodils are beginning to bloom. I spent three hours planting summer perinneal bulbs and rizomes in my front garden this weekend. Hopefully I will be seeing them all bloom in July!

    Have a very Happy and Blessed Easter!

  59. Hi Sarah! This is just darling! The little bunny is so sweet and those hand painted eggs are perfect for him. The little rabbit dishes are so sweet and they do look great with your MC dishes. I can always count on you to put together something really beautiful!
    Hope you're doing well, sweet friend.
    Shelia ;)

  60. Hello, Sarah -
    Greetings from DC :) Looking so pretty and cheerful at your home. And all ready for Easter, I see. I adore your antique iron rabbit - lovely find! Save me a spot, I'm hopping over.

  61. Hi Sarah! This is really adorable. I love Easter and you have created a beautiful table. Those gingham napkins are so cute! Happy Easter to you and have a blessed week.

  62. Our redbuds have come and gone but not before, like you, I had cut some branches for inside. Your table is just the best.

  63. Hi Sarah, thanks for stopping by. We used to have a redbud bush on our property in CA. Yours is lovely in your vase. I adore the bunny plates -- they are so fresh for Easter. Love your silver too. I look forward to your travels with your snappy bag. Joni

  64. Hi Sarah: I love the redbuds. Your table looks perfect. Have a blessed Easter. Hugs, Martha

  65. What a colorful Easter table you have, Sarah. The redbuds look so beautiful. We are still covered in snow here so nothing is blooming yet. I am loving all of your colorful china and bunny collections. The girls would love that!

  66. Sarah, loving that sweet cast iron bunny! Your new Home Goods find is just precious. I have a recent find that I will be setting a table after Easter. I love Redbuds! Mine is a Lavender Twisted and a few blossoms opened today. Can't wait to bring some pink blooms indoors! I have pretty white ones right now. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  67. Always so festive and pretty here!

  68. That is a great table Sarah! I love the checked napkins! Thanks for joining HSH!

  69. Hello Sarah, lovely redbuds...You have some beautiful dishes. I have always admired MC's dishes. Maybe one days, I will take the plunge! The bunny plates are darling, along with the MC and of course those checkered napkins in pastel colors. Home Goods is such a fun store and you managed to find a gem. happy Easter to you. xo

  70. OMGoodness Sarah!! I absolutely love this table. You have a wonderful eye for mixing and matching colors and patterns. Your table looks fabulous!
    Happy Easter

  71. Your table looks FANtastic! Thinking of you this Easter holiday. Wishing you many blessing, Sarah.

  72. Absolutely gorgeous my friend! Every detail is darling and all the pastel colors thru it all! This is the most beautiful Easter table.
    Here to wish you a happy and blessed Easter along with your dear family.

  73. I liked this post so much I had to come visit again!

  74. Beautiful Table! Love the redbud branches. Your plates are adorable, the bunny plates look amazing with the MC plates. Your chippy rabbit is so cute used in your centerpiece!

  75. All so beautiful, Sarah. The new plates are gorgeous and so are the MKZ plates and the chippy rabbit. Happy Easter!...Christine

  76. A fabulous table. Love the Mckenzie-Childs.


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