Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy Spring Dinner

Easter was a week late in our house.  We like to have the entire family celebrate holiday dinners, so when my daughter and son-in-law took their family to Disney World for spring break, and didn't get home until after Easter, we knew we would be celebrating on April 12th.  Other than the date being different, the celebration looked just like it was still Easter: the menu was the same, the Easter baskets were still filled with goodies, the Easter eggs were hidden, the bunny ears were still required headgear,  and the table for 12 adults and a "kids' table" for 8 grandchildren were still festooned in china and crystal.


Here's how the table turned out:



Here's How It Was Created:

I started with my Lenox tablecloth in the Butterfly Meadow pattern.  I love this formal cloth with its sateen finish and brightly colored flowers.


I started my dish stack with the Mikasa chargers I had recently purchased.



Then I added my Lenox Butterfly Meadow plates.  You can read about these plates in this post.  There are four differently patterned dishes, all representing bright flowers , colorful butterflies and precious bees and ladybugs!  So perfect for a Spring Dinner!!



My place setting was completed with my late mother-in-law's silverplate (the Heritage pattern), my Mikasa water glasses and the napkins and napkin rings from the Butterfly Meadow's accent collection.
I thought the napkins standing up in the glasses made it look more like a flower garden.  I also didn't want to place the napkin across the plate and hide the pretty Spring scenes that each dish displays.  I had seen this napkin placement idea in another blog, and I'm embarrassed to say I can't remember which one it was (oh, the tiresome aging process!), so I can't give credit where credit is due!  So, it is not my original idea.  If you're the tablescaping blogger who recently used this idea, please identify yourself in the "Comments" section and take credit!! Please also note that my cousin graciously offered to make placecards for me. Aren't they cute? She has different designs that can be added for other holidays, too, so stay tuned!! Thank you, Karen!



I kept my centerpiece simple because I knew we had many serving pieces to use. So, I chose the Lenox vase my daughter and son-in-law got my for Christmas and filled it with faux daffodils and my Easter picks.  I added two sets of crystal candlesticks and my Fitz and Floyd salt and pepper shakers.




One of the many things I love about this Lenox set is that they have many accent pieces to coordinate with the design.  These are the two platters I used for serving the ham.





I also have the mugs, creamer and sugar bowl, salt and pepper shakers, and dessert and salad plates in the pattern, but did not get photos this time!

I wanted to share the "Grandkids' Table" with you as well.  I found the Bunny plates at HomeGoods (of course!) and complemented them with my April Cornell tablecloth. My centerpiece bunny came from Michael's!







I hope everyone is now relishing in the happy hours of spring and its luscious weather.  It's almost time for Mother's Day, then Memorial Day, then July 4th..............and so it goes!! Take care, everyone!!



I'll be linking up to Susan's Tablescape Thursday at www.betweennapsontheporch.net,
 and Debi's Favorite Things Blog Hop at http://surroundingsbydebi.com, and Cindy for Amaze Me Monday at www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com   Thank you, ladies, for hosting these fun parties!


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