Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tiptoe Through the Daffodils

Easter has come and gone, 

and April is knocking at our doors. 

 I had planned a "tiptoe through the tulips" 

sort of theme for Easter 2016.

When I spotted these adorable golden bunnies

while in Dallas during February, I knew they

would be fun with my group of Courtly Check vases 

and urns that I had used for my Queen of Hearts

table for Valentine's Day here.

My plan was to exchange the red tulips for pink,

use stacks of gardening books in 

place of the red themed decorating books,

and trade out the Queens of Hearts for bunnies.

The crowns and 

Courtly Check hearts

hanging from the brass chandelier  .   .   .

Gave way to frolicking bunnies

and Courtly Check Easter themed figures.

It all came together easily, and we've  enjoyed a lovely

spring table during the month of March.  

Fresh tulips filled the vases each week

while tulip bouquets were available for just a few dollars.

But by Easter week, tulip prices were suddenly 

two and three times what I had been paying.

I decided it best to tiptoe

through the daffodils instead.  

With daffodils available for two dollars

a bouquet, it was an easy choice.

A few girlfriends came over early in the week

for a light but delicious chicken hack salad.

Before dinner we munched on chips and guacamole and 

healthy "rabbit food,"  along with a glass or two of prosecco.

 Lemon tarts were our treat for dessert.

It was a lovely spring evening

out on the terrace under the full moon.

Our Texas weather didn't cooperate for an

Easter Sunday alfresco brunch as planned, so

Saturday afternoon I decided to set the table inside.

The William Sonoma rabbit offered to load up his

  basket with daffodils and hop on board as our centerpiece.

Limoges boxes, gifts from a sweet friend through the years,

were nestled in the grass below.

The other bunnies and daffodils that had been on the table

settled in on the buffet and on tables on the sun porch.

 Wedgwood Nantucket Basket was the obvious

choice with the woven basket detail, and green chargers

added just the right color with the natural linens.

Petite vases of daffodils brightened each place setting.

The Texas Easter Bunny filled festive cones

with special chocolates for each of our guests to take home.

We enjoyed tasty appetizers with

 champagne to start us off.

I had to have at least 

one bouquet of tulips for Easter!

The vintage Easter toys were finds while

antique shopping last year.  

They are J. Chein and Co. tin toys 

from the 1940s and 1950s, 

a bit of nostalgia from my own childhood. 

Small bites of smoked trout and smoked salmon

are one of the chef's specialties.

~ Easter Brunch ~

French Toast Sticks with Maple Syrup 

Open Face Ham and Scrambled Egg Sandwich

Caramalized Onion and Goat Cheese Tart

Bacon and Sausage Medly

Tri Colored Salad

Lemon curd tarts were my "go to" dessert for Easter week.

My inspiration was that cute lemon curd tart with a

pie crust bunny seen in the top left corner of the mosaic above.  

Jain @ A Quiet Life shared the idea in a post here.

The bunny chalkboard was an Easter gift

from a friend that arrived in time to do dessert buffet duty.

Pier 1 was the source for the cute paper napkins.

~ Life Needs More Chocolate Bunnies ~

As well as the darling bunny plates.

That's it for our Easter 2016.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tell me about your Easter ~ I'm all ears!