How wonderful to share the Joy of the Spring Season this Passover ~ Easter Weekend!! I am hoping you are able to be with dear loved ones ~ over a beautiful table with great food, flowers and all!
Marlene shares with us decorating tips for Celebration Weekend, including coffee table books, flowers, and tablescapes
Marlene shares with us her Easter memories
Designing your tables for holidays can be especially fun ~ for the children’s table too ~ casually chic or elegantly formal! Gorgeous, collectible books give wonderful, uplifting images to fill your mind and feed your own creativity.
Collecting books is a great passion of mine and gives special inspiration. You might also enjoy the beautiful flowers in full bloom in this lush, glorious Assouline volume, Flowers: Art & Bouquets. It includes gorgeous floral design history and wonderful works from London, Paris, and New York minimalists in vibrant color. Design books of all sorts inspire: art, color, textiles, flowers, gardens, and antiques! They can, of course, fuel your springtime refresh!
Whether you are filling your home or table with fresh blooms or their scents; their beauty and joy are unmistakable!! Every color, gradation, and combination of colors from their petals and leaves are thrilling and uplifting! They charm and delight us in so many ways…our mood and air!! You simply have to smile!
Spring camellias, hyacinths, hydrangeas, lilacs, parrot tulips, and wisteria are all astounding!! They really do not require intricate arranging to be beautifully lush and magnificent! Every table, room, and garden is enhanced by their numerous, fabulous colors!! Simply group in profusion…select a vase, pitcher, or special container, and voila!!
Flower centers are a total wonderment to me! Study them in particular for color-theming inspiration...for your table or an entire room ~ simply breathtaking ~ nature at its best!
At this time of year, much is blooming right outside!! Clip away…
Centerpieces, petite individual placesetting arrangements, blooms for nightstands or bathrooms can be simple, charming and beautiful – they are instant joy for your spring weekend refresh! Let your flower, vase and a little humor give you and your guests the simple pleasures of life ~ indoors or out!
From table settings created by Valentino, Carloyne Roehm, and Charlotte Moss to new and timeless dinnerware designs from Bernardaud (Praiana), Ginori (Oriente Italiano), and Mottahedah (Cornflower Lace); I am sharing light, airy themes of green, whites, creams to invigorating classic blue - white with combinations of vibrant, sunny yellow.
Some tablescapes are elegant with antiques and faceted crystal…yet others are quite simple with pastel-dyed eggs and charming pitchers filled with fleurs! What mood are you in?? Do you, your family, and guests need soothing…or energizing?? Create what feeds you! Let your holiday weekend and spring reflect your needs and spirit!
Will you be dining indoors with candlelight and silver or is it warm enough to be out in the garden or patio hiding eggs with the kiddies?
My special childhood memories of Easter include hay rides and egg hunts on my Aunt and Uncle’s Ohio farm. We made homemade ice cream and hid colored eggs all afternoon with my Uncle Joe, my sisters and many cousins over and over, till their shells were falling off!
To this day, I continue to color eggs. It brings a tranquil Easter happiness and many warm memories. Now, I put them in art glass bowls and crystal icebucket in lieu of colored grasses. One year, I gifted my hand-colored egg gems in an iittala glass pitcher, as my hostess gift for my niece and husband. They were quite proud to host a lovely Easter dinner in their first Manhattan apartment.
Enjoy your own personal celebrations this special weekend and may they continue for weeks and months to come! Let’s make new, happy memories this wild year!!
xoxo till next week, enjoy ~ Happy Easter! MMK
With Spring comes Easter, Passover, Weddings & Baby Showers ~ They are all almost here!!
Let’s have some festive fun planning to celebrate being together again!! Entertaining is an enjoyable, personal way to share with those we love and care about!!
Our table décor and menus show our creative love!! Will you be hosting brunch, lunch, cocktails, or dinners…or all??
What is in your mind’s eye for a festive get-together? What do you already have? What will refresh and make your 2022 hosting even more fun, loving and memorable? What will you need…colorful napkins, cloth, plates, glasses, and flatware?? It’s always fun to “shop in our closets” first…pull out dinnerware, linens, and recipes, then decide what and where you might be entertaining! Indoors or out: buffet, sit down…or picnic?? What will make you and your guests smile??
Are you baking or cooking up a storm, ordering out, or in? Williams – Sonoma and Neiman’s have some great gourmet ideas…salmon, caviar, blinis…even some Peter Rabbit edibles and collectibles for holiday, new baby, or happy weekend celebrations!! Plan ahead!!
Everything looks and tastes better when “plated” on great dinnerware. Whether you are serving appetizers, dinner, or dessert! They can be simple or ornate! Quality and design speak volumes: porcelain, bone china, ceramic, stoneware, or glass. You set the mood to reflect the occasion and your taste! Formal, casual, rustic…all can be chic and fun!
Vietri “Foglia” Green Dinner Plate (Ross-Simons) | Annieglass Edgey Salad Plate (Bloomingdale’s) | Baccarat Harmonie Double Old-Fashioned (Bloomingdale’s) | Herend Chinese Bouquet Egg Bonbon (Neiman Marcus) | Haviland & Parlon Syracuse Turquoise Dinner Plate (Neiman Marcus)
What will you choose for your themes and color schemes? Maybe you’ll be inspired by a vintage or new plate, flower, dress, or scarf you would love to wear as the hostess??
Mottahedeh Bargello Dessert Plate (Gracious Style) | Vintage Etched Water Goblets (Williams Sonoma) | At Home in the Garden (Amazon) | Sferra Festival Solid Apple Table Linens (Gracious Style) | Hunt Slonem Colorful Bunnies Cocktail Napkins (Neiman Marcus) | Peter Rabbit Large Mache Egg (Williams Sonoma) | Famille Rose Mixed Salad Plates (Williams Sonoma) | Famille Rose Tablecloth (Williams Sonoma) | Peter Rabbit Cake (Williams Sonoma) | Peter Rabbit Egg Shaped Truffles (Williams Sonoma)
Certainly, you know Home, Color, Flowers, Art, Antiques, and Design are some of my passions. What are yours for April, May, and the coming summer months? Share them with your guests and enjoy entertaining inside or out!
Spring color ideas are everywhere…even New York’s Park Avenue massive profusion of glorious Tulips, that change color each year!! You might also choose from a favorite artist’s work (Chihuly, Koons, O’Keeffe, Hockney, Monet, van Gogh, Warhol), a bowl of colored Easter eggs, your god-daughter’s upcoming wedding (Blush), or a friend’s new baby boy’s arrival (shades of Aqua)??
You are the artist of your home and events!!
Until next week ~ plan away ~ for all of your Spring entertaining with festive fun!!
Yesterday, Beth posted her favorite Trader Joe’s appetizers for entertaining. Make sure to check it out! And remember, Saturdays are a two-post day. Head over and read how to make Kelly’s easy and delicious falafels.