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.