The Bunny Picnic

My 2017 Easter Tablescape:  

Welcome to The Bunny Picnic, our theme for the 2017 Easter Table.

I draw my inspiration from one of my all time favorite Easter specials, “The Tale of The Bunny Picnic.”Which was a 1986 TV special, directed by Jim Henson and David G. Hillier, and is still shown annually on HBO in the spring, usually during Easter time. I must have watched this a thousand times as a kid, and this seasonal special has always held a special place in my heart.  So this year I chose to honor my holiday tradition of watching this tv show it with my interpretation of a Bunny Picnic tablescape, for Easter. 

To set the scene of a bunny picnic I incorporated several different sized picnic baskets, a large buffalo-check plaid table runner from Williams Sonoma, and a slew of sisal bunnies. I wanted the table to feel as if you accidentally stumbled upon the bunnies having a family picnic.  In the TV version of The Bunny Picnic you that you meet a family of bunnies each with their own very unique personalities, Mother & Father Bunny, Be-Bop, Twitch, Lugsy and of course my favorite Bean Bunny (wink, wink). 

This is where the fun sisal bunnies come into play. These are bunnies are available everywhere and they are all doing different types of fun springtime activities.  Two of mine came from Hobby Lobby (which is an extra 40% right now) and 2 from Pier 1 ( use code SAVE15).  

Every beautiful tablescape needs fresh flowers. For this arrangement I decided to use an actual picnic basket to house this floral creation. Mainly, because you all know how I love a multitask item, I can still utilize this picnic basket after the holidays. You may see it again in a future post since the possibilities are endless. Also when creating a centerpiece don’t be afraid to use unusual things, they will make the best conversation starters and really let your creativity shine through. 

I used white, pink, and lavender daisy’s, Ocean Song lavender roses, Jade roses, green ball Dianthus, purple Stock & dried cotton. The cotton adds a farm fresh rustic touch and plays up the whole Peter Cottontail vibe. I order my direct for the source with the Cottonman. The bunny heads were also purchased at Hobby Lobby as well, and they are just darling in this centerpiece. 

Next you can see I used my trusty burlap chargers that go with anything, I just love these!!! My mother’s beautiful white lace vintage Noritake china. Ball mason Jars glasses create a fun vibe for a picnic and added these fun stainless steel straws from Bed Bath & Beyond.  

We also added these sweet little mini picnic basket favors available from Beau Coup, save 20% now  with code ( SAVE20). We filled them with speckled robin’s egg candies for a fun take away favor. 

As a rule, I don’t always do place cards, as it depends on the dinner or event. However, these tiny picnic baskets do make a unique place card holder for more formal gatherings.

Designer Tip: Just hot glue the lids open to create a prop for your place card. 

 Finally, I folded these pretty pink Belgian Linen napkins from West Elm into bunny heads. You guys, up close these napkins are so pretty. They have a gold shadow thread that runs through out the entire napkin to add just a touch of sparkle. It adds just a hint of glamour to the table without trying to hard. I hope you have enjoyed visiting our Bunny Picnic Easter table, be sure to sign up below for you DIY guide to folding bunny napkins.

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A Vintage Valentine’s Table

A Vintage Valentine’s Tablescape

I am very excited to share our vintage Valentine’s Day sweetheart tablescape.

The color story that influenced me for this cute couples dinning table was based off of the theme of,”The Days of Wine and Roses” which was carried out by utilizing flowers in wine shades of red, purple and blush. 

This star flower of this stunning centerpiece is the purple anemone (pronounced- A-Nenemy), because everyone mispronounces it. The rest of the arrangment is filled with red and fuchia spray roses, pale pink stock, and luscious green pittosporum.

Floral FYI: I love stock because it has one of the most beautiful fragrances on the planet. It is not boldly over powering like a lily, or even a tea rose, but it has a very lite, airy fresh smell. Be sure to to subscribe to my blog see my future posts on how to make this simple centerpiece.

  

By keeping the table linens understated, the open concept dining room is still neutral enough to transition into the rest of the home. I used mom’s antique white linen table cloth, layered with a simple Pinstripe linen runner from Sur la Table , which allows those beautiful flowers to be the main pop of color. 

I love using burlap chargers, they go with everything, and really fit into the farmhouse theme nicely. I picked up these cute ones up at Hobby Lobby, for a very reasonable price of $2.99 a piece. Talk about setting a table full of love!!! The vintage Noritike china, belonged to my mother, and I am very lucky to have inherited this priceless set from her. My mother had impeccable taste, and the pattern she picked back in 1958, Versailles, still holds up to the test of time today. It is a dinning pattern with simple, timeless elegance. 

I added these sweet little heart shaped porcelain bowls from HomeGoods, so could I fill them with water and float a single spray rose inside. I think this technique invokes a subtle, yet chic nod Valentine’s Day without being to theme oriented. Then add some basic red napkins from Crate and Barrel and that makes your table.

DESIGNER TIP: I love a good multi tasking item, these red napkins can be utilized for the 4th of July and Christmas seasons.  

Now top it off with some sweet treats like these dainty little petit fours and chocolate covered strawberries from Publix, and of course don’t forget the wine. 

My husband and I love the Gainey Vineyard wines, we discovered them on our recent trip to California. Located just south of Napa Valley in Santa Ynez, this quaint little vineyard stole our hearts, and the wine is excellent. Since we decided to become members, we receive around 2-3 bottles a month. After trying several we highly recommend Patrick’s Reserve Vineyard for a red choice, and of course the Sauvignon Blanc is our choice for a white. Although I must admit, they have an amazing Chardonnay. I am not normally a huge fan of Chardonnay, but the Gainey Chardonnay has a wonderful buttery quality I have never experienced before, it is not oaky at all. As a side note I think it’s pretty cool that “our house wine” we offer guests has a glorious golden G on every bottle. It’s as if had our own personally monogramed wine bottles, and don’t get me started on the possible craft projects!!!    

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