Wednesday, April 20, 2011

An Alfresco Easter Tablescape


The inspiration for my Easter table is this yellow ceramic basket, unearthed from the backyard after years of weathering the elements. All cleaned up, it serves as the perfect Easter basket of flowers and eggs for the centerpiece.

I set a table for four under the arbor. Four is the magic number, as I only had four moss place mats and four majolica saucers that I wanted to use.

Also, setting the table under the arbor let me feature this tole chandelier.

A favorite piece, still awaiting a permanent place someday. But for now, a temporary home!




Flowers from the garden, including ivy, lilacs, mums and Spanish lavender fill the centerpiece.
I added large green moss eggs for effect.

A little bird is hiding amidst the flowers.


Let's light the candles!





The layering for this tablescape began with a paisley tablecloth, moss place mats, then chicken wire chargers.

Another layer was added with these purple majolica cabbage leaf chargers.

Then, chintz plates, which I used last year as well. I just love how these plates evoke Spring and Easter! They compliment the tablecloth perfectly.


It just wouldn't feel like an Easter table without my majolica chick egg cups!

Linen embroidered napkins and a mix of sterling and bone handled flatware complete the table.

This tablescape is pure fantasy!
My real Easter table is set in the dining room for eleven, and I'm using different plates altogether. The Easter basket centerpiece which was my inspiration to start with, will be recycled and perfect for Easter Sunday's table.

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to visit for lots of creative tablescape inspiration.
On Friday, I'm joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday. Stop in for more Easter ideas.
On Saturday, I'm joining Laurie at Bargain Hunting With Laurie for Favorite Things Saturday.
Check it out!
On Sunday, I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.

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64 comments:

Priscilla said...

Perfectly beautiful.

Vintage Gal said...

Your tablescape is just beautiful. I love the basket and the little peep egg cup. The plants are lush and beautiful ~ LOVELY ;-)

Loretta said...

Just lovely. I really like your attention to details...the bee, and the peep! Beautiful. Hugs

designchic said...

How pretty...absolutely adore the chicken wire chargers!! Thrilled to find your blog this evening~

Dianne said...

No body does it better than you!!!!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

Hands down, you are one of the best table setters in blogland.




Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

YOur table have such richness and luxe! I'm taken with those purple majolica cabbag leaves. I need to find those. Gorgeous.
The little egg cups are another precious treasure!
I love the mix of paterns and textures. YOu know how to set a table that looks like it belongs in an Italian villa!
What a delight!
Yvonne

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Fantasy or not - So very pretty!! You did a great job and I really like the chandelier.

D said...

How beautiful and "earthy"
Love it.
D

once in a blue moon said...

just LOVE this, it has been so cold, windy and rainy i can't even imagine playing outside yet. love the moss and wire, and purple and gold combo, EXCELLENT table~

wishing you a happy easter~

carolinajewel said...

Beautiful table with a wonderful vintage feel. I love your colors!

Janie's World said...

Beautiful, cozy table. I love the play of the chicken wire in the chargers and the moss eggs coupled with the little chicks on the table. Very CREATIVE!

Angela said...

We should pay you to look at such beauty. Agree completely with Mr. Goodwill Hunting.

NanaDiana said...

Everything is perfectly beautiful! A wonderful presentation. I have to tell you though- my favorite are those cute little chicks..I just want to come visit you, put one in my pocket and bring it home. okay...I won't...I wouldn't...but they are SOOOO cute! Hugs- Diana

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

What a beautiful Easter table! I'd love to have Easter Brunch there.

Sarah said...

Delores, this is a beauty. I love the intimate setting for four under the arbor. You certainly know how to pull together a charming table. Love the color pallet and the mix of plates. I think I'll just pull up a chair and sit awhile. ;-)
Happy Easter! ~ Sarah

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Gorgeous as always Delores!! LOVE the centerpiece. Martina

Marlis said...

Delores, your fantasy table is so pretty, you can use it for another time (minus the chicks!). I love the purple chargers and the grass placemats. Your centerpiece does not look any worse for wear having been outside. Another artistic vision!
Happy Easter, be blessed. Do drop in I've got another giveaway going on!

Marigene said...

I love the richness of the deep colors...
Happy Easter!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Delores, A Very beautiful tablescape. I love the majolica chargers and the centerpiece is wonderful. I hope you have a wonderful Easter!
xo,
Sherry

Liz- said...

OH boy I sure love this! That grape color is such a nice color! It's all kind of organic feeling yet fancy too! All the layered plates look so great together...and that basket is perfect..I think I have the other chicken wire pieces from Pottery Barn that look like your chargers..Happy Easter! ~Liz

Lori Lucas said...

Just breathtaking! From the uber terrific chargers (both sets) to the centerpiece. Just love it all! Lori L

Kathy said...

This is just over the top perfection...you do it like none other Delores! Happy Easter to you and your family!

Karena said...

Delores how beautiful for Easter. You have thought out each detail and the elements are so unique!!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Come & Enter my Fashionable Giveaway from The French Basketeer!

Wyatt said...

I really really love those plates!
The egg cups are wonderful too :)

Wyatt's Mom

Diann said...

This is just a stunning tablescape! I love all the details. Those purple charges are gorgeous! And your centerpiece is so lovely!

maureen harber said...

Magnificent!

Susan said...

Delores, I agree with Mr Goodwill Hunting! You dress the most beautiful tables and I adore every single element of the setting. I have the green, ivy candleholders you feature, but I adore the purple chargers, majolica plates, paisley cloth and purple glasses!! Your centerpiece is magnificent and I know your family loves to dine under the arbor. I think the chandy is perfect in this setting.
Thank you for sharing one of the most beautiful tablescapes I've ever seen.
Have a Blessed Easter!
Susan

Gina said...

Dear Delores, It's SENSATIONAL

Pat said...

I love the colors of your table. This is absolutely gorgeous!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Gorgeous gorgeous! I would love to sit out there at that table.

Emily said...

What a beautiful Easter table setting under the arbor. I love all the little details, and the chandelier is gorgeous! Your guests will love it........
Easter Blessings

~Emily
The French Hutch

Carolyn @ Adrift on the Lake said...

OMGosh this is absolutely gorgeous!!! I think it's my favorite Easter tablescape I've seen. The colors are fabulous and I LOVE the little egg holders!

I found your post at BNOTP and am now following you.

Happy Easter!

A Country Farmhouse said...

Beautiful!
x Trina

Gerry said...

Just lovely! I admire how you have used such rich colors instead of the typical pastels and still made it look so "EASTERY"!!! What an inspiration for those of us who "don't do" pastels. I've totally re-thought how I'm setting my table on Sunday!

Linda in AZ * said...

*** P*E*R*F*E*C*T*A*M*E*N*T*E, Dear Delores!!! ***

XO, Linda in AZ *

Scribbler said...

I loved sharing your fantasy. Of course, I fantasize about living in your area of the world all the time anyway, so it wasn't a real stretch!

The table is so creatively done -- that's why I love to see what you do next each time.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I have no words to express just how fabulous I think this table setting is. I'm your newest follower, I can't wait for more. Such inspiration!

Susan @ Romancing the Home said...

Absolutely fabulous. I love the effect of the chicken wire on the table elements.

Victoria said...

Absolutely lovely.

Table Escapes said...

Oh Delores, you are the tops.... this setting is so sweet. Thank you for being such an inspiration.
Happy Easter! Sharon

Julio Muao said...

In the words of Emeril Lagasse...BAM! Everything looks fantastic Delores. I especially love the moss place mats,chicken wire chargers,chintz plates,light fixture...and, oh heck, I love it all!! Thank you for continuing to inspire us all and sharing your creative talent.

xoxo
Julio

Lana K. W. Austin said...

Truly breathtaking--and you know I think you are the most divinely "European" designer--this fantasy table looks like you were in Tuscany--we just got back from Siena and Montalcino and I thought of you!
I love the moss placemats, the aubergine cabbbage pieces, the unearthed centerpiece, the chandelier--and those gorgeous contrasting tones with green/purple/Tuscan gold....just utterly lovely!!!!

Hugs,
Lana

Gina said...

So very pretty. The chicken wire charges are unique...love them!

aneyefordetail said...

Can't believe you actually have all these things in your house! What a lot to collect and keep track of....and makes a really gorgeous table!
Happy Easter Delores.
Libby

Alycia Nichols said...

Absolutely, positively, undeniably beautiful! The deep purple (aubergine? eggplant?) with the green and yellow is just beautiful! I have never seen the purple cabbage plates like that. They're always green. That is quite a wonderful find!!! Have a happy Easter!

Burlap Luxe said...

its perfect over here Delores!!
Love the chicken wire place matts charming :)

Have a beautiful Easter Holiday
xx
Dore

Atelier de Charo said...

Wow, Awesome!!!!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love your Beautiful Tablescape for Easter sweet lady. Im your newest follower on your lovely Blog. I hope you can come join my Tablescape also. I hope you and your family have a Happy Easter.
Diane

Texas Tea Party said...

Lovely Majolica! The outdoor tablescape is so soothing in the arbor. I enjoyed the layering of the china and the different pieces of majolica. Thanks for sharing.

Bevelry said...

Just beautiful!

Entertaining Women said...

Wonderful use of color...the aubergine cabbage plates were perfect. Are they Bordallo? The paisley cloth was unexpected and delightful...great with the greens and purples. Have a blessed Easter. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

AshTreeCottage said...

Beautiful table! I love those egg cups too. Have a very Happy Easter.

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Jacqueline said...

Delores, I adore every single piece. Those chicken wire chargers and the purple cabbage leaf are so fantastic. Your arrangement is great with the little bird peaking out. I love the chandelier. I have one out in my gazebo, not as grand, but it sure is a conversation piece.

I know, my real Easter doesn't look quite the same with 16 coming, but it is so fun to create the fantasy tables!

Mary said...

Only one word needed Delores - exquisite!

Those have to be the cutest egg cups ever - great idea for candles too.

Easter blessings to you all.
Hugs - Mary

Upscale Downhome said...

Love the texture you created with all your layering from the moss to the chicken wire chargers and then to your plates. Gorgeous!

agnicy said...

Dolores, Happy Easter !! Ag

Splurgie said...

I don't know what dazzles me more: the chicken wire chargers and your colors OR that magazine cover centerpiece. Stunning.

The Tablescaper said...

This is spectacular. the centerpiece is amazing - so abundant and your plates are wonderful. I'm loving your fantasy table,....but what did you do on the table for eleven?

- The Tablescaper

tammylovesdishes said...

Stunning table! I love the colors...those chargers are so rich in color and do go complement the dinner plates perfectly.

The little majolica chick egg cups are just too cute! Love them, too!
Tammy

Frieda said...

Bonjour
I love your nice table
Full of douceur
Nice day
Frieda

leslie said...

I love the eggs--they are beautiful--wonder if I can transfer that process to walls!!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Delores, this is beautiful. I LOVE that chandelier! I've wanted some of those chicken wire chargers since I first saw them, but of course, I feel the need to find a bargain on them. That means, I'll wait until NOBODY is using them, because they are out of style, and I'll buy some at a yard sale. My obsessive bargain hunting keeps me about 10 yrs behind the trends! Those place mats are wonderful too, and of course, your Majolica is beautiful. Thank you for linking this to Favorite Things. laurie

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

This tablescape is absolutely gorgeous! I am not even going to list any "loves" because the list would be too, too, long! I'm a new follower and am off to browse your wonderful blog!

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