Flowers for Easter

 My Bridal Wreath Spirea has been blooming with abandon despite a couple of years of drought & sheer neglect~ and was the inspiration for an Easter Basket.

Its fountainlike growth, with arching branches that curve to the ground seem to beg to be woven along a basket handle~

So I set an Easter table for two, lakeside, with a floral Easter Basket~ filled with some annuals that can be repotted after Easter, along with a few eggs, butterflies, and a bunny tucked in as surprises~

My bunnies normally sit on my bookshelves and are happy to be outdoors~

 A twin size quilt is the right size to cover my 42 inch round table and be turned so our legs aren’t hitting the cloth :-)

  Lenox Butterfly Meadow Cloud is one of my favorite patterns.  .  .the embossed Butterflies are hard to see in the outdoor light but an appropriate symbol for the holiday. . .

 I’m drawn to the simplicity of the white and the subtle pattern of the embossing and scalloped edges. I’ve picked up plates, one & two at a time, at Marshall’s & HomeGoods when I run across them~for three to six dollars a plate~ a price equivalent to my former Starbucks habit that I have traded for a dish habit instead :-) It’s doubly hard to resist since it’s listed at Replacements for $18 – $20 a plate.

The ends of the spirea branches are tucked in a plastic water bottle, for maximum water intake instead of tiny water picks, and anchored inside the basket with wire~ concealed with flowers & moss.

 Flowers are spilling over from the basket, onto the quilt, and climbing up my Tracy Porter glasses~ a HomeGoods find several years ago. . .

A butterfly shaped egg dish is also from HomeGoods in Lenox Butterfly Meadow.



 Flowers on the flatware, courtesy Portmeirion Botanic Garden~

And bunny napkins from Pottery Barn, that I had talked myself out of. . . until I discovered them on sale :-)


Wishing you a flower-filled, Happy Easter~

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday~

  Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

Rose Vignettes for Fresh-Cut Fridays~

  53 comments for “Flowers for Easter

  1. April 20, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Love this tablescape! Everything about it from the napkins to the bunny! A nice change from the usual pastels. I would love to have the same one in my yard! Thanks for sharing!

  2. April 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Happy Easter~

  3. April 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Mary, this is idyllic! That lakeside setting with this beautiful table makes me want to call a realtor. I miss being on the water! Love the idea of turning a twin size quilt on angle for the table. I’ll need to try that. I tweaked your napkin ring idea for dinner party Monday evening. I knew I would when you first posted your Tulip d’Or tablescape using the cups as flower containers. I had purchased little bunny creamers as favors to use as individual flower containers. So cute to tuck the napkin into the handle. Thanks for the inspiration. You’ve inspired me many, many times.
    I’ve seen the Lenox Butterfly Cloud at TJ and Marshalls. I should have been trading my Starbucks habit for a few of these. Good advice. ;-)
    Happy Easter to you! And thanks for sharing another fabulous table. ~ Sarah

  4. April 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    i saw this on my iphone at dawn, i knew i had to come online to tell you how much you lift my soul… all the things i love, be still my heart… i love your setting, the tree and azaleas waterside are magnificent. you did buy the prettiest property with the bird covey, fire pit and curvy looking shoreline… oh my, a place of dreams. the setting is my idea of tranquility heaven… i miss having play time with you, thank heavens you still send me to the moon~

    happy easter is i miss you, going seaside this week :)

  5. April 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    A beautiful combination of everything. Happy Easter my friend.

  6. Carolyn
    April 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Beautiful eggs, All colors and sizes……..
    Appearing this week, as sure as the sun rises……
    Bunnies with big baskets to deliver, that is the rule………..
    But this Bunny thinks Mary is so very cool! CGE

  7. April 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    What an inspired tablescape!!!! It is SO serene, and SO inviting, and SO lovely there by the lake. I just want to lose myself in it!!! Great idea using the water bottles instead of those pesky little water pics for the spirea!!!

  8. April 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Breathtakingly lovely! I have an old wrought iron chandelier that holds little clear glass cups for votive candles that would look beautiful hanging from one of the tree limbs over the center of the table…..

  9. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    April 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Such an amazing setting! Looks like a beautiful day-Happy Easter Mary:@)

  10. April 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I love the setting and the fabulous Easter basket with the bridal wreath in it. I had to get rid of my bridal wreath and I miss it. Have a fun Easter

  11. April 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I love the bucolic scene you’ve created. I love the quilt! Wow, did you make it. Your dishes are so pretty and I love the glasses. Happy Easter and many blessings. Come visit, I’ve got another giveaway going on.

  12. April 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    How lovely to dine by the waters edge! Your flowers and table setting are beautiful!

  13. April 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I completely love it, Mary.
    You had me the minute that I saw the spirea cascading over the basket, and it just kept getting better. This table is the very essence of a waterside table for two. (And I love those chargers!)

    Wonderful job.

  14. Clare
    April 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    A beautiful setting to reflect upon this Easter season. I have forwarded to JPF to share your magnificent flowers and basket. May your Easter weekend be filled with much love and happiness. (And may the Bunny be with you!)

  15. April 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! The flowers, the tablecloth, the scenery, just breath-taking. A pleasure to view. Thanks!

  16. April 20, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    This rich and well appointed table made my heart skip a beat! I love every carefully chosen and placed element! The organic basket spilling over with delicate flowers, the fabulous and textural quilt turned tablecloth. The twiggy chargers and creamy plates! All so fabulous together.
    ONe of my very favorite tables… the setting is certainly breathtaking too!

  17. April 21, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Probably ANY table would look great with a backdrop like the beautiful water setting you have but YOUR tablescape is fantastic in its own right! Love the dishes, the floral basket, the bunny and the quilted tablecloth! The table and chairs are perfect too!


  18. April 21, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Your table location is wonderful, I would love to take a seat at your table by the water. I would have struggled with not buying the napkins too, they are just darn cute and I love your bunny on the table. Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter.

  19. April 21, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Mary, I love love love this table! Gorgeous!

    Happy Easter!

  20. April 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Magnificent view from your lovely table. Your flower basket is simply beautiful.
    Happy Easter, Mary!

  21. April 21, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Absolutely breathtaking! I have the same white flower growing in my yard too but didn’t know what it is called. I used it in my Easter basket for my outdoor table too! Your setting is so lovely, by the water. Love the wicker chairs and chargers. Love your centerpiece basket. Truly lovely! ~Delores

  22. April 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    You have bowled me over with this fabulous setting, the flowers, and the view. What a great analogy you made about the Starbuck’s habit verses getting some really nice pieces for the table. I’m going to keep this in mind the next time I see something I like and struggle to justify the purchase (or wonder where the heck I’m going to store it).

  23. April 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Such an enjoyable table. I love everything: the quilt, dishes, flowers, and those napkins are precious. Thank you for sharing!

  24. April 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Your table is lovely, but even better is the fact that the weather is nice enough for you to be by the lake. Boating yet?

  25. Kim
    April 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I recently had the pleasure of discovering your blog. I have been captivated by the beauty of your posts and was interested to see that you capture the beauty of Lake Norman, a lake that I also enjoy when I sit on my front porch.
    My husband & I were out walking the other night and were remarking on the bridal wreath spirea that was blooming in the neighborhood. I would never have thought to create something as beautiful as you did with it. I now feel like I want to add one of these beautiful shrubs to my garden.
    I am so glad to have stumbled upon your blog. It adds such beauty to my days and also makes me appreciate LKN even more than I already do.
    Happy Easter to you.

  26. April 22, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Oh Mary….I literally gasped when these photos opened up! Such a fabulous setting with your blooms in the background & your TABLE!!!!!! Oh my….just gorgeous!

    I love the idea of using a twin sized quilt on your table. I bought bigger ones for the table in the gazebo & they did hang down too far.

    I’m so glad you splurged & bought those napkins! They are beautiful & just perfect with your loopy wicker chargers.

    Thanks, too, for the tip about using a water bottle instead of a pick…Brilliant idea!

    Have a Happy Easter, Honey & thanks for letting us peek into your beautiful world.


  27. Gail
    April 22, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I love your blog and your dogs are precious. A while back I stumbled upon your blog, but I did not bookmark it. I couldn’t remember where I found you but this morning I stumbled upon it have made sure I won’t loose track of it again. I am playing catch up with some of your previous posts. You are very creative and have such a lovely setting. Thank you for sharing, you are an inspiration.

  28. April 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Mary, You always have the most gorgeous tablescapes and your pictures are amazing. What a beautiful spot to have dinner. Happy Easter.

  29. April 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    This is simply glorious!!!! The basket is amazing and when you add that view – WOW! And as if that wasn’t enough, then add the Tracy Porter glasses and it’s elevated to a state of perfection.

    Have a happy Easter. Hope to see you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  30. Bichonpawz
    April 23, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Happy Easter Mary! Loved each and every picture! I have been missing from the blogosphere as I am currently oceanfront! Enjoy your holiday!

  31. April 23, 2011 at 10:49 am

    How beautiful! It sure looks a lot like summer there – sigh.

  32. April 24, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I love this. Your Easter basket is beautiful. The butterflies and bunnies … oh my! And to set this gorgeous table by the water … heaven I think! Happy Easter!

  33. April 24, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Amazing setting by the water Mary ! Everything is PERFECT ! I wish you and your beloved a very Happy Easter !

  34. FABBY
    April 24, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I’m loving this tablescape…everything about it from the flower basket, to the bunny napkins and the quilt, it’s so gorgeous and inviting to be there with such a beautiful lake view!
    Happy Easter.

  35. April 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    This is just so beautiful it takes your breath away! What a wonderful setting – I would eat out there everyday! I am also over the moon with the basket arrangement, and the napkins. Sigh! Wishing you a Happy Easter!

  36. April 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!! You took my breath away with the beauty of it all. You are one lucky/talented girl to have such beautiful things surrounding you. I ADORE your bird house. Do you know where I might find one? I have loved that style 4EVER! Happy Easter!

  37. April 24, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Hope you are having a fabulous Easter. Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  38. April 25, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter…thanks so much for everyone’s kind comments! My dovecote came from Lazy Hill Farms, I used to sell them YEARS ago, but it can be found

  39. April 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Mary, just stopping back by for another look at this gorgeous table. You are amazing! ~ Sarah

  40. April 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    How lovely!

  41. April 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    So pretty and peaceful by the water. I would never want to leave your table and bunny. ♥O

  42. April 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I resisted those bunny napkins, too; but I never found them on sale. Great get! You’ve set a gorgeous tablescape for Easter. The basket is a masterpiece. The whole thing makes me miss our lake house. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

  43. April 26, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Your tablescape and setting are both breathtaking. I love your precious bunnies, and the bunny napkins are wonderful too. Gorgeous flowers. I would sit there all day. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  44. May 5, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Enchanting. I am in love with the larger, coppery looking bunny. Sweet!

  45. May 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I am very late seeing this but am browsing around your blog and am loving every little bit! Another exquisite table! Made so much more beautiful in your awesome settng! I would so love to live on a lake. Just gorgeous. XO, Pinky

  46. SNP
    February 3, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I found your blog in a Google search for Lenox Butterfly Meadow Cloud and oh my goodness. There is so much more here than a dinnerware pattern! I look forward to reading all of your entries, oh and I’ll reiterate what others have said…the table setting and the view are absolutely gorgeous!

  47. March 29, 2012 at 10:28 am

    And as usual, I sit and kind of sigh at your table. It’s always so beautiful at your place, and my favorite tables are the ones in that very setting. I love that you used a twin bedspread for this. I would never have thought of it.
    And the flowers are stunning. Just. Plain. Stunning.

  48. March 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

  49. March 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Hi Mary, Your table is absolutely beautiful! Just what I need is a way to justify my dish habit–giving up Starbucks! The flower basket is also wonderful. We are not even close to having flowers like that yet up here. It is cold and rainy! Those butterfly dishes have always appealed to me but I tell myself I don’t need more white dishes. Maybe I do! Linda

  50. March 30, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Gorgeous outdoor setting!
    Love love this post!
    I love your spring decor with those blooming flowers! Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)
    Have a nice day.

  51. April 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Bravo, tout est absolument magnifique !
    Happy Easter et Amitiés,

  52. Liz
    April 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

    What a lovely setting! Just amazing!
    Thanks for sharing your fun post for Fresh-Cut Friday! :) I’m so glad you did! I hope you have a Blessed Easter weekend.


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