I know, I know...it's St. Patty's Day & I'm here blogging about Easter. What can I say? Call me crazy, but I love thinking about mimosas and eggs benedict with braised lamb way more than green beer & corned beef and cabbage. Don't get me wrong, I have a wee bit of Irish in me, so I get it, but I think it was a holiday I enjoyed far more in my 20s. (if you catch my drift) Anyhow, I'm thinking ahead to next Sunday when I will be gathering with loved ones around my favorite place - the dining table. This is a little peek into one idea of what it might look like.
If you have been following along for sometime, you may already know about what I am going to say next, but if this is your first time around here (first of all, welcome & thanks for being here!) I'll share a little bit about my style & how you can make it your own. Ninety-eight percent of this table is made up of objects I've collected over the years. The other two percent is the flowers purchased from the market around the corner. It's so easy (and fun!) to go out and buy a bunch of new goods to create a table setting. But the challenge of using the items you already own - and love dearly - makes for a setting that is far more unique, interesting, and authentic. Authentic - you know, like that favorite pair of jeans that you actually wore in versus the pair you paid a lot of money for with factory-made holes ;)
So I started pulling together bits & pieces together, as I do, that had spring-y Easter-y vibes to get my initial inspiration flowing. It took many tries to get just the right mix of goods together - colors, details, etc. - but that is the way it usually goes. It's kind of like musical chairs, but with dishes & things. I encourage you to give it a try! You might even find it therapeutic...or maybe that's just me.
Oh, and isn't this little llama just the cutest ever? A little something I picked up on Anthropologie's post-Christmas sale. Ornaments like this cutie aren't meant for just once a year, especially since an Easter table calls for at least one fuzzy little friend.
Spring is such a magical time of year, isn't it?! As the gray of winter starts to fade away, the once bare branches start to bloom with new life. The little birdies are chirping outside my window, once again. And the markets are filled with fresh bunches of flowers once again. In setting this table, it felt important for me to include bits of nature - the simple blooms, billy balls & star anise add just the perfect touch of spring, don't you think? In fact, this Easter table could also easily just be a table setting for any spring occasion!
DANDY TIP: My favorite source for table linens is the fabric store! The colors & patterns are endless. Don't know how to sew? No problem! Raw edges are totally in. Many fabrics tear easily to create that raw edge - simply snip, then tear to the size you desire. Just make sure the fabric is not cut on the bias, and if you aren't sure what that means, just ask a sales person ;)
EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY, friends.