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Friday, April 29, 2011

Easter Luncheon Table

I'm about two weeks late posting this...but I guess, better late than never!
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 view of the cover; I used my Old Country Roses place mats, and my formal Noritake china. The pattern is called Knottinghill and you've probably seen it in some of my other tablescapes before. This china was my wedding china from my first marriage, way back in 1995. I still love it! The place settings have five pieces, and I have place settings for twelve.

A simple napkin fold, appropriately called "the luncheon" is threaded through a bunny napkin ring. I've used my vintage linen napkins that have a hemstitched edge with embroidery

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.

The Menu:
Honeybaked Ham
Potatoes Romanoff
Broccoli & Cauliflower Casserole
Buttercrust Rolls
Deviled Eggs
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!



Kathy said...

This is beautiful, quite elegant - love the combination of the cutwork lace tablecloth and the Old Country Rose place mats. Beautiful tablescape,

Martha said...

What a beautiful and elegant table with all the touches of Easter - the napkin rings -- the chocolate "carrot" -- and I love the salt and peppers and the lamb butter!

Your menu sounds delicious!

Heather said...

What a pretty table! I especially like the placemats and those are the cutest "peep" salt and pepper shakers. The menu looked quite delicious too!

Tess said...

Your table is so lovely! Your china pattern is very pretty. I love all of the serving pieces and how you've used them. We,too, had a butter lamb, as we do every year(I put it on my oblong silver butter dish). Do you have a Polish background?

Your linens are beautiful too...love those napkins. Dinner sounds delicious!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your table is beautiful and everything sounds delicious. Love your butter lamb -- a friend found one for me this year. Loved it.

Deneen said...

Beautiful table! Looks like you had a great Easter!

victorian parlor II said...


Your table is gorgeous! You always post such lovely tablescapes-I get great ideas from you:).

Happy Anniversary too!



Richard Cottrell said...

Love your table, cup cakes are my favorite, I am gona copy next Easter. Thanks for sharing. Stop by, Richard at My Old Historic House

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Your tablescapes are always so beautiful! I love your cutwork tablecloth with all the Easter things. The Peep salt and pepper are so sweet, and they match your cupcakes! You really entertain in style. :-)


Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Katie,
for getting home at 3 in the morning,
I am totally impressed with how you got it all together! The table looks wonderful. love those cute lil bunny napkin holders and pretty napkins placed on the plates along with the lil carrots. Adorable! Very pretty china and silverware. Like the butter lamb, it looks great. I like to do things with the butter too.
I have made roses and leaves and something else, can't remember now. Usually I kind of scult them myself on a flat plate.
Well, you did a lovely job hon,
Blessings, Nellie