Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Tablescape

Hoppy Easter! What better way to celebrate Spring than with Easter Bunnies! 
"The Easter Bunny is a rabbit-spirit. Long ago, he was called the "Easter Hare", hares and rabbits have frequent multiple births so they became a symbol of fertility. The custom of an Easter egg hunt began because children believed that hares laid eggs in the grass. The Romans believed that "All life comes from an egg." Christians consider eggs to be "the seed of life" and so they are symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ." Source:
This time of year gives me a sense of renewal and hope.   The land is covered in green, vibrant colors are just sprouting everywhere! It's exciting to see the rebirth of plants, animals and the sense of energy that Spring evokes.

For this tablescape, I am capturing the essence of the "bunnies"  and the eggs.  I am using yellow, pink and green as the theme colors. 

The whole concept of the colors came to me after I figured out which plates to use for the occasion. 
I love collecting plates in different styles and sizes.  I found my first set of the Franciscan plates from a garage sale.  Since then, I would purchase pieces at a time from varying discount stores.
 I love to mix and match the colors of the plates to emphasize the beauty of each design.  For this place setting,  I want to create a feel of an outdoor garden. The plate symbolizes a flower growing from the green earth.  I'm emboldening the yellow part of the flowers on the plate by mixing in a  solid yellow plate.  To bring Easter colors into the setting, I bought some yellow and pink materials and made napkins.  

 I'm into recycling what I have around the house so tablescapes don't break the bank!  Here's the behind-the-scenes Easter tablescape scoop: the light green tablecloth,  vinyl boxwood as placemats, the clear vases, faux pas moss, were used from St. Patrick's Tablescape.  The candlesticks were from Valentine's Day Tablescape Day 2 and Day 5.  
For a lasting enjoyment of a special holiday like Easter or Christmas,  I normally keep the table design for awhile. For this tablescape,  I wanted a garden feel to the table without paying an arm and a leg for the real items.  I started looking for pots and  silk plants to match the colors of the plate. 
Colors, to me, represent a variety of emotions.  According to the pyschology of colors,  yellow  is uplifting, offering hope and  happiness.  I'm showcasing the yellow for this Easter event because it's symbolizes  the enthusiasm for life.
The bunnies inside the vases, represent the excitement of  coming out of their holes, looking for signs of spring.  The butterflies represent free spirit and happy feelings.  I know that every time I see a butterfly it always make me smile at the beauty and wonder of it.
The Eggs represent a new beginning and a new hope for life.  
Green -  the  color of growth, the color of spring, of renewal and rebirth. Green to me promotes a love of nature, and a love of family, and friends.  The plate is set on a faux boxwood used in the St. Patrick's tablescape.
Pink - represents a positive color inspiring warmth and comforting feelings. I've always related it to unconditional love or nurturing and understanding  Again, a sign of hope and love.

Even an adult would enjoy opening a present on Easter.

The pink bag is surrounded by moss like bunnies and egg nests. 
Again, the plates' colors of yellow, green and pink  are extended into the gift bag.  Towards the end of the meal is this giveaway. It contains a small chocolate bar (can't be Easter without chocolates!) and a gift certificate.

Easter Brunch Menu  
Assorted Fruits
Assorted Teas
 Fruited Champagne drinks
French toast w/homemade Peach Syrup
Roasted Vegetables
Spinach Quiche
Eggs Benedict w/Hollandaise Sauce

white Chocolate Brownie Torte
Easter Basket Cupcakes
Sugar Cookies

White Chocolate Brownie Torte - We love dessert in our household, and this one is sweet enough to end the best of meals. 

Easter Basket Cookie cupcake - made out of sugar cookies and a Reese's Peanut Butter cup-filled center. 

No matter how old we are, making molded sugar cookies seems the ideal way to celebrate holidays like Easter.   Decorating them always brings out the kid in me.

Shopper's Corner:
Jo-Ann's Craft Store - yellow and pink fabrics
 Dollar Store - miniature pots, butterflies, gift bags
TJ Maxx - eggs
99 cents store - nests

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