For someone who has never claimed to have much by way of Easter decor, this past month I ended up setting three different Easter tables.
The last one I set, and had planned to use Easter Sunday, remained unfinished because that was when I was stricken with the flu.
As I was taking it down, I decided that I really didn't want to. The bunny plates were new this year, and I wanted to use them.
Why, I asked myself, are bunny plates only appropriate at Easter? Why can't they be appropriate in spring and summer? Aren’t those bunnies usually around, chewing their way through my hostas during these two seasons?
So, I took all of the Easter items off of the table, and started anew, with the bunny plates as a focus.
I gathered up some of my favorite things, and adorned my little three-tier wooden tray (That I have had for about 30 years, long before the three-tier trays were popular.), tucking them here and there among greenery and grapes, and set the table with vibrant turquoise and greens.
As I sat there and looked at it, the whimsical little bunny face (You just know this little guy is up to something, as bunnies tend to be.) reminded me of Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor's garden. So I decided to call this Mr. McGregor's Garden Tablescape. It suits, I think.
Because I had pretty dinner plates, I didn't want to do any plate layering.
But, because I do like layering in a table setting, I decided that instead of layering plates, I would layer placements.
The placemats are from Pier 1 as are the rustic whitewashed chargers.
Keep this in mind should you have pretty plates that you don't want to cover up. Table settings can look just as beautiful with layered placemats as they can with layered plates.
I decided to use my new little corn cups. I have gone crazy over the majolica corn dishes!
The leaf tray, on which the sugar and cream sit, is the same one that served as the base for the little bunny sauce dish that I used here. Looking at the colors, the bamboo-handled flatware, and the corn dishes made me think of summer. I hope this table gives you a smile, and makes you think of summer as well.
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