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Hello everyone! Forgive me for getting this post to you a bit late. We were in Austin visiting my brother’s family over the weekend and I fell a bit behind.

Eating at the Midway Food Truck Park

Eating at the Midway Food Truck Park

Now, on to business.

Event: Easter lunch

Inspiration: Olive Salad Plates by Williams Sonoma and hand embroidered napkins made by my sister, Courtney.

Color Scheme: Aqua, white and tan

Venue: Palmer House formal dining room

When planning my Easter table, three concepts stayed with me while brainstorming. One: I did not want my table to be covered in bunnies and Easter eggs. However sweet Easter decorations are, this year I wanted my table to be beautiful, but not thematic. Two: I wanted the table to feel simple and Spring-ish. And Three: This table would be set for just the four of us.

The placesetting:

Using white square plates was a decision made to keep things simple. Hand washing is not necessary, and they provide a clean and fresh geometric element to the table. I chose turquoise stemware (that I found at a garage sale!!!!) and my everyday stainless steel cutlery.  When setting a table for a daytime meal, I really enjoy using colorful stemware because it looks especially bright on the table when sunshine illuminates the glass. Aesthetics, you know!

I’ve always loved olive branches. Maybe because they remind me of the Mediterranean, Italy in particular. Or maybe because when Noah released the dove and it brought back an olive branch, the stem became a symbol of peace. These olive branch plates from Williams Sonoma became a favorite the moment I saw them. The colors and subject keep with my goal to create a Spring-feeling tablescape, while reminding us why we are celebrating Easter: The resurrection of Jesus Christ and the peace our relationship with him can bring to our lives. I actually keep several sizes of these plates out on a plate rack in our breakfast room. You can see it here.

The linens:

The neutral ikat placemats provide a soft, tribal accent which contrasts nicely with the sophisticated dinner and barware. The aqua dinner napkins were given to me by my sister after she hand embroidered them with a “P” for Palmer. I was excitedly surprised to find the same aqua within the leaves of the olive branch plates; finding unexpected connections like this is one of my favorite parts of setting tables! I bet you wouldn’t have imagined finding aqua blue in an olive branch!

The finish out:

You have probably noticed I always have a little P serving dish in my tablescapes. (here and here) Not only does it serve as an additional platter for small snack-like items, but provides a little signature of our family and the joy it brings me to open my home and my table to loved ones. I filled the little P with Mediterranean olives like those on the plates–my husband and Littlest won’t touch them, but James and I are huge olive fans! A vintage butter dish Sadie found while antiquing in Indiana helped ground the table. I believe when using so many newer items in your setting, a few heirloom pieces help your table feel softer and more approachable.

Two decanters wrapped in raffia held white tulips for the centerpiece. What says Springtime! more than tulips? I allowed myself these darling bunny egg cups as the only Easter-theme related items. After emptying four brown eggs, I filled them water and white hydrangeas so each placesetting had its own small bouquet of flowers.

As grand and lavish as I often enjoy entertaining, sometimes it is a welcomed change to come back to the basics and celebrate simply with Brian and the boys. You don’t have to own beautiful china, sterling and crystal to create a wonderful place for your family to share a meal or celebrate a holiday. Establish a color scheme, use what you have and remember why you are celebrating. If its not a holiday, celebrate your family. Celebrate being together. Celebrate the fact that for today, you are alive on this wonderful planet the Lord created.

shop the ‘scape:

Dinner Plates from Crate and Barrel

Stainless Steel from Crate and Barrel

Olive Branch Plates from Williams Sonoma

Drinkware old, here are similar

Linden Placemats from Pottery Barn–in store only

Napkins–try these!

Egg cups from Tuesday Morning, try these from Pottery Barn

Decanters wrapped in straw–I bought these years ago at World Market, but cannot find them anywhere now! Comment below if you know where to find some similar to these–thanks!

check out my two new Pinterest boards for Easter Entertaining:

Food for Little Bunnies


Easter Tablescapes

-ciao for now-


these gorgeous photos were of course taken by the talented, Patrizia Montanari

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