Easter Dinner- Tablescape Thursday

The DC Cherry Blossoms this year

So, this Easter my parents visited me in DC. I was really happy to be able to spend three great days with them. This was also the first time they had seen my new studio, and I’m guessing the first time they had Easter dinner on a coffee table! My parents are awesome and really supportive of me, so I wanted to do something special for them, even when confined by space issues!


This tablescape was also near and dear to my heart because I used a lot of stuff that was passed down to me this year from my grandmother, who passed away a couple of years ago. The china pattern is Bideford, by Wedgwood. I adore the turquoise color of the border and the unique design in general. After reading about all of the wonderful china patterns out there in blogland, I researched this one and found out that it was originally produced in the 1920s (I think) and was later “revived” by Wedgwood in the form of the Kutani Crane design. I wanted to spice things up a bit, so I found these great napkin rings at Pier 1 the weekend before Easter, and I think they matched the orange flowers in the china just perfectly!


The crystal candlesticks are also from my grandmother, and I’ve put them to a lot of use recently. When I was going through all my tablescaping supplies for candles though, I noticed I didn’t have any nice pastel candlesticks that would go well with the Easter colors. I popped by a couple stores in the week leading up to Easter and couldn’t find any store that sold nice tapers. Seriously? (If anyone out there lives in DC and knows of a good candle shop, lemme know.) So I did what any girl in a quandary does, I called up my mom and she said “I have tons of candles! What colors do you want?” What more could you ask for? So she flew into DC with a ziplock baggie full of different colored candlesticks. I wonder what that looked like on the security x-ray! And I got lucky too, because they were all Colonial Candles! Susan from Between Naps on the Porch has taught me a thing or two about those!

And what Easter tablescape would be complete without a couple Easter bunnies? I brought out my Herend bunny, also from my grandmother, and he seemed right at home with the turqouise and gold rimmed china. And I had to get some edible gold ones to keep him company! My grandmother had an extensive collection of Herend, given to her each Christmas by my grandfather. I felt really lucky to be able to inherit a piece of her collection, and I keep him on display year round.


All in all, I was pretty happy with how everything turned out! (Oh yeah, and the dinner was good too!)


Happy belated Easter everyone!


China: Bideford by Wedgwood
Silverware: Target
Napkin rings: Pier 1
Glasses: given to me by an old boss
Candlesticks: given to me by my grandmother
Chocolate bunnies: Lindt
No-so-chocolate bunny: Herend

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16 Responses to Easter Dinner- Tablescape Thursday

  1. Blue is such a great color.Mr. Goodwill Huntinghttp://g-w-hunting.blogspot.com

  2. Scribbler says:

    This is so pretty! You are one lucky girl to have inherited so many lovely things from your grandmother. The china set my heart a-flutter!Scribbler athttp://scribbler-unfocused.typepad.com/

  3. honeysuckle says:

    Love that beautiful blue china. Nice job!

  4. Blogging Neighbor, this table is really stylish. You are right, the flowered napkin rings match perfectly. I bet your parents enjoyed that you made it so special! Also thank you for appreciating your grandmothers dishes. I love it when young people cherish the possessions that were part of their family. Joan @Americana By Candlelight

  5. Lynn says:

    Very nice, I love your china!

  6. Mimi says:

    Exquisite china…beautiful color!

  7. Splurgie says:

    Your parents must have felt very special. I love those plates … really the prettiest I've seen in a long time.

  8. Very pretty dishes! What's great is that not only were they your grandmothers and you get to use them, but those colors are popular right now. I think you did good!

  9. Tricia says:

    Gorgeous china — and what a treasure to have the set from your grandmother! Your table is a wonderful example of how to use vintage china in a modern setting. The napkin rings are perfect. And how lucky that your mom was able to supply you with those wonderful candles!

  10. Gorgeous! Finest china.Happy TT

  11. Martha says:

    A lovely table and I simply adore the china! I ALMOST chose Kutani Crane for my china but changed to Runnymead instead — if it had been like yours I don't think I would have changed — I absolutely love that china!

  12. What beautiful china. I love that color and that little bunny in the center is so cute. I have one just like him but in a different color. Hugs,Joanne

  13. Sharlotte says:

    Erin,I LOVE your dishes! They are gorgeous. I know they are very special to you. Thanks for sharing!Sharlotte

  14. So pretty — I love your china! This is all lovely.

  15. Johanna says:

    The china is really lovable. Such a nice color, I like turquise very much. And nice design, too. You are right, the napkins rings are perfect with the dishes. Very nice table.Greetings, Johanna

  16. Gloria says:

    Hi, Erin! I am so glad I decided to pop over to your blog and see all of your entries that I've missed–especially THIS one! Oh goodness, I love, love, love those dishes. They are just magnificent! I love the color. I have to get my kitchen in order and take pics to FINALLY put something on my blog! My canisters are similar to that color, a lighter aqua (PLUS I have red accents in the kitchen, which you will see… I told you I like red, as you do!) Anyway, your whole table setting is lovely. I am glad I was able to see it!Best regards,Gloria

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