We recently went to visit my parents and I learned two things: 1. flying with a toddler during their nap time is both stupid and one of the most stressful things ever (why did we think that would be ok again?) and 2. playing with my mom’s china is my grownup version of dress up. Literally within moments of recovering from the worst plane flight ever, I spotted my mom’s beautiful vintage china and said, “I’ll be doing an Easter brunch table setting. Cool?”
We will dig deeper into the china in a moment but first, let’s talk about that cabbage – right!? I literally thought Peter Rabbit was hiding in the Publix produce section when I saw these. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it but knew I had to have it. And it made for quite the statement piece.
Side note: the tricky thing about taking overhead shots of table settings is those pesky chandeliers. Shoutout to my dad for maneuvering this beautiful beast to the side for some of these overhead shots. But I do so love this shot with a hint of the chandelier in it.
Per usual, I love mixing food and flowers into my tables. Aside from the cabbage, I added peaches and some yummy macaroons (I’m not much for coconut but these macaroons were TASTY). For flowers I stuck with mini pale pink roses, tulips, yellow/greenish carnations and baby’s breath. A very spring bouquet.
The flowers were displayed in a combination of different vases as well as a variety of china saucers and creamers to mix it up.
And what Easter table is complete without some eggs? Just a hint my dear.
Ok…let’s move into the real deal here. This. Stunning. China!!! There are actually three different collections at play here. Mixing and matching china is where the “dress up” really happens and I’m obsessed.
The design seen on the teacup with the green detail is a vintage Noritake collection from the 1920’s called Edinboro that I swear has at least 8 dishes PER SETTING. I haven’t seen Downton Abbey yet (I know, I know) but my mom said all those plates used to get used. I would hate to have been on dish washing duty at those parties.
The sweet little saucer with the detailed edge above is also vintage and added a bit more texture to some of the place settings. And the beautifully monogrammed Limoges plates help break up some of the heavy patterns. The monogram is not our family’s but honestly it doesn’t matter. These are so beautiful and we had fun creating stories for who may have owned them.
I didn’t want to do teacups on every place setting and found these perfect little bunnies in my mom’s Easter stash. These are my favorite honestly. I mean how can you not smile sitting down and looking at that little bunny rabbit?
Let’s take a moment to talk about this sweet little egg. Yes, that’s a smocked egg. And yes, my mother made it years ago. And yes it is an egg version of my outfits from age 3 to 8. She was a smocking fiend yall!
Oh hello pretty flowers and adorable little bunny.
Ok…I’m going to go work off those macaroons now. But I’ll see you at Easter brunch! After the egg hunt and lots of chocolate bunnies of course 🙂
– Green Detail China: Noritake Edinboro l Monogrammed Plates: Limoges l Flatware: Wallace Grand Baroque –