Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A Look Back for Inspiration

We are having Easter brunch at our friends' home,
so I'm not setting an Easter table.  
I pulled this post from the archives to offer a little inspiration
to those of you who are setting a table for Easter Sunday.

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 that 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
a few short days!

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. A beautiful post w/ loads of cute ideas.I love Mix and Match Sarah..especially w/ all your MCs.
    Your collections are so precious!

    Happy Hoppy Easter!

  2. It's all wonderful Sarah! The bunny plates are perfect with your Taylor ceramics, and I adore the pastel gingham napkins! Perfect❤

  3. It's all wonderful Sarah! The bunny plates are perfect with your Taylor ceramics, and I adore the pastel gingham napkins!❤

  4. The bunny plates are too cute and I have never seen them before! They are perfect with you MC and the gingham napkins! What a sweet table...Happy Easter!

  5. Lost my comment! Thank you so much for this wonderful post. I love the gingham napkins and the bunny plates. Your tablescape is so pretty with your MC pieces. I pinned your hand painted eggs. They are exquisite!
    Have a wonderful Easter.💐🐇💐

  6. It’s always nice to bring posts from the archives to enjoy again and this one is certainly full of inspiration Sarah. Love the MC Taylor ceramics mixed and stacked with the adorable bunnies. The centerpiece is lovely, love chippy rabbit. Have a wonderful Easter........

  7. Oh swoon, Sarah, what a gorgeous table!! I LOVE those Taylor mini compotes, oh how lucky to have some!! The eggs are gorgeous! I hope you have a wonderful brunch at your friends, that sound lovely! Happy Easter Sarah!

  8. Oh Sarah! Talk about eye candy! I love every stunning photo. I sent your link to my Sista. Have a wonderful Easter and see you soon.

  9. I love those MC plates, Sarah, with those darling bunny dishes! Those compotes are so adorable, and what a nice touch with the decorated cookie. You sure know how to style a pretty table. Happy Easter to you and your Chef!

  10. So pretty Sarah. Love your new finds from Home Goods. That store is amazing! Those Taylor compotes are so cute. Too bad, they discontinued them. You have a lovely collection from MK. Happy Easter sweet friend.

  11. Sarah, you have such discerning taste. Your archival post is just as fresh a second time around as it was the first. Love the Sur La Table rings. Smith & Hawken later made a repro of the Hubley cast iron bunny. I have one sitting on my front porch stairs. He's my house guard. ;)
    Happy Easter to you, my friend.

  12. Your sterling is just gorgeous! I haven't seen that pattern before! I have those adorable plates too. They are so fun and have such personality! The blossoms are gorgeous. Isn't it fun to look back at the fun tables!

  13. So many lovely accents at your table! I love your sterling and those sweet little napkins! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  14. Those gingham napkins are just fabulous!

  15. Sarah, I love Redbuds! Mine won't be in bloom for a while. That chippy bunny is so cute and I love the gingham napkins! Thanks for sharing with the Easter Joys link party.

  16. I'm drooling over those bunny plates!!! We are have Easter supper here with brisket and the trimmings. My church program will last until 1:00 so lunch is impossible tomorrow.
    I'm sing and we are doing the songs in 4 services--busy!

  17. Sarah I LOVE this tablescape! Do you think my neighbor would mind if I cut some of his redbud branches. :) Thank you so very much for linking to the Spring and Easter Joys party. Have a very Happy Easter!

  18. Sarah,
    What a lovely Easter tablescape!! So pretty and colorful!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Happy Easter!!

  19. Happy Easter, Sarah! I love those plates, so pretty! Great presents!....Christine

  20. We were away so I didn't set an Easter table, but I'm admiring yours! So very pretty. Love those bunny plates.

  21. I love ALL bunnies and the gingham is so cheerful. I have to say I LOVE your banner too! Happy Spring!

  22. A wonderful post and well worth another visit, Easter looks so beautiful at your house!

  23. Hi Sarah, just hopping by to let you know that you will be one of the features at SYC today.

  24. Love your combination of mix and match; and those redbuds-swoon! I'll be featuring you tomorrow as one of my favorites on the Spring and Easter Joys Link party; thanks for joining!

  25. A gorgeous table. The hand-painted eggs are the highlight for me! My hubby and I were alone for Easter and kept things simple, so no Easter table for us this year ...

  26. This is so weird. I know I've commented on some of these before. I remember the bunny dishes and the cookies. And on the other, remembered Rita's package. What's up, I wonder?


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