Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter Table

I know I'm a couple days late to post about our Easter table, but it just took me that long to get the pictures out of the camera.  Lots of things kept distracting me, like
this little stinker

(please note who couldn't stand not to have his snout in the picture, too)

and the NBA playoffs.  And Dancing With the Stars (yep, I said that out loud).  :)

I hosted our annual Easter Brunch this year, and while there were things I'll definitely take note of to adapt or change for next year (if they let me host again, haha), I think we had ourselves one bodacious Resurrection Celebration, if I do say so.

We don't have a formal dining room (well technically we do, but we made it our office) so for our post-church brunch we turned the kitchen table the other direction, and extended both leaves so we could seat 8.
(the following pictures were taken before we left for church, so there are still some details that are incomplete.  But you get the idea).

For inspiration, I started with these tablecloths:

I bought them both back in February on Mega-Clearance at Target.

I loved the bird pattern, but the only size they had was a circular tablecloth, and I needed a large oval to fit my extended table.
Plus, the pattern was a little busy for an overall tablecloth, but it was perfect for a runner.  So, that's what I did.  I laid out the tablecloth, folded it over and cut the measurement I needed, cut that remnant into two pieces then sewed them together.  After conquering the Frankenstein Slipcovers, this was a piece. of. cake.  ;)
(The other tablecloth I left in-tact and used as the tablecloth for the kids table in the other room.  Perfect.)

I didn't take pictures of the layering process, though I wish I had.

I started with my plain white tablecloth, then placed this woven jute/seagrass table runner down the center. It wasn't quiiite long enough, so I added a layer of robin's egg blue placemats underneath the jute runner, with the edges peeking out at the ends.

You can see the blue placemats in the (crappy) picture below. 
I loved the color pop at the ends of the table, but what the photo doesn't show is how the blue showed through the jute, tying the color all the way down the table.

Next, I added my bird runner, but I placed it width-wise across the table, for 2 reasons:
1) the round tablecloth didn't have enough fabric for me to make a runner the length of the long table
2) I already had a long visual line going one way, and I wanted some contrast.  Plus, with the table oriented the way it was, the bird runner was more prominently displayed as guests came down the hall from the front entry.  I liked that.

Here's what it looked like up close

Those metal scroll chargers had gotten a makeover the day before Easter.
I wanted to use two different chargers to create some variance in textures, and I like the idea of playing with different materials.
I have had these chargers for about 8 years, just packed away.  The shape is great, but they were showing some wear:

You can see the original color is a bronzey mahogany color, and they were scratched and the paint was peeling.
Nothing a quick coat of paint couldn't cure!
I gave them a quick dusting of Rust-Oleum's flat black in the garage and they were good as new.

The other 4 chargers were these dark woven ones.  I bought them last year at World Market, but I think they still carry them in the store.

For the napkins I used a bunny fold that I found a tutorial for online, and I thought they turned out adorable!
 I might have been the only person who cared about the fold of the napkin, but I liked the added subtle height it gave the table, and whatev, it was cute. :)

The egg cups you see above the plate were used for our "placecards":

I took the Easter Eggs that The Redhead, Miss L and Mr. E. dyed with my mom, and just added our names with a sharpie. 
I kept the eggs in the fridge until just before the guests arrived.

Once the table was set, I finished off the look with a few simple bunches of fresh flowers from Trader Joe's in 3 vintage Mason/Ball jars that I found at a local flea market.

The turquoise glass pulled out the blues from the placemats, the bird runner, and these little nests I added on the ends to add just a little more natural texture to pull everything together.

I've always thought that baby food jars look like mini-mason jars, so I threw a few tealights into the baby food jars and used them as votives down the center.

Add great company, good food, and a reminder of the Great Sacrifice that serves as the reason
we celebrate Easter, and we had a wonderful holiday together.

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