I hosted Easter lunch for Erik's family at Le Beau Paon on Palm Sunday, a week early, because my in-laws had travel plans and were going to be in Australia and New Zealand over Easter!
It was a relatively simple meal and many things I was able to have ready in advance, which was nice, because Erik's band had a show on the 16th, so we didn't get home until 3 a.m. and I had his family coming over at 1 p.m. the next day!
I kept the table setting relatively simple and uncluttered, since we planned on serving the food buffet-style in the kitchen, so I didn't need many plates and serving pieces on the table itself. The only glassware on the table is the water goblets; the wine glasses I put on the sideboard with the wine and other drinks.
A bunny napkin ring needs to have a Lindt chocolate carrot favor to go with it, right?
These "Peep" salt and pepper shakers are made by Lenox and were a gift last year from my mother-in-law.
.....And I also put out the bunny and lettuce head salt and pepper shakers I bought recently at Goodwill. Originally I thought I was going to have two Easter tables to decorate because we were expecting ten people, but as it turned out, we only numbered seven, so we were all able to fit at the dining room table.
I had some wine chilling in an ice bucket on the sideboard, with the wine glasses.
A pitcher stands ready to be filled with ice water for the water goblets on the table.
I even made sure to have the lamb-shaped butter for the occasion! I don't have a butter dish that goes with my china ( it was one of the serving pieces I never got around to buying!) but I found that the base for the gravy boat worked just as well.
I had made sure that all my silver serving pieces were polished and washed up the day before. We used this covered silver server for the vegetables. I also had a basket for the rolls with a vintage linen embroidered bread cover, but I must have forgotten to take a picture of it.
For dessert, I had this Cherries Jubilee cheesecake that I had actually bought awhile ago and it was in the freezer. I usually like to make my own desserts, but this was on hand and only needed to be defrosted and saved me some time.
But I did also whip up some cupcakes the day before and placed yellow Peep chicks on a nest of frosting, just in case someone didn't want cheesecake.
Broccoli & Cauliflower Casserole
Ribbon Jello Salad
Cherries Jubilee cheesecake
Thanks for stopping by! I'll be linking up with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!