Lunching with Bunnies

We’re Lunching with Bunnies~

not quite ready to see them hop away so quickly after Easter.

Generously on loan and chosen 61 years ago, my Mother-in-Law’s Syracuse Portland dishes are at the table,

offering up their floral bouquets in greeting of the arrival of Spring, and just in time for the azaleas to bloom!

After scouring away layers of pollen, we are fortified with ZYRTEC® and dining outdoors again!

The table is draped in a floral quilt~ my table covering of choice. . . easy for a quick change on guest beds or the table and best of all~ no ironing required :)

Pansy Bunny pieces from HomeGoods~ a pitcher, creamer, and small bowl are holding flowers. . .

. . .with violas & pansies floating in water.

Sprigs of Viburnum are tucked under a Bordallo Pinheiro pedestal, along with a few grocery store mums sprinkled in for color~

Bunnies are nibbling on a salad of mixed baby romaine & spinach~sprinkled with strawberries, blueberries, blue cheese crumbles, pecans and violas for garnish~ edible, only if organic.

Along with Chilled Carrot Soup~ a recipe from Southern Living, and garnished with violas, some flowering thyme, parsley, and with a swirl of sour cream.

I substituted fat-free evaporated milk for the half-and-half called for in the recipe, since the bunnies have had more than their share of chocolate eggs and jelly beans this Easter :)

The bunnies & I were tempted to bake & nibble on

 Yvonne’s beautiful Pansy Shortbread Cookies~

You can hop over to her recipe and how-to, from the link above and have a taste yourself!

Bunny Lunch Table Details:

Dishes/ Portland by Syracuse

Bordallo Pinheiro pedestal/HomeGoods

Flatware/ Pormeirion- HomeGoods

Pansy Bunnies & Goblets/HomeGoods

Napkins/Pottery Barn

Quilt/Table covering/ Bed Bath & Beyond

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  48 comments for “Lunching with Bunnies

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    April 11, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Everything’s so pretty Mary! Love the quilt and dishes, great colors with all of the flowers! Glad your pansies came back. Your cookies turned out beautiful, one day I’ll have to try them too-enjoy:@)

  2. bichonpawz
    April 11, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Beautiful setting Mary! Hope you had a lovely Easter!! Hugs to Chloe and Gracie!

  3. April 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I just adore how your MIL’s china looks on that quilt! It’s wonderful to be celebrating being able to eat outdoors again. I have some bunnies that I leave out all year because…I just love bunnies!

  4. April 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

    How Beautiful everything is! Love it all. WOW…wish I had some of those cookies right now with my coffee! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. Debbie C.
    April 11, 2012 at 9:01 am

    How special this is using your MIL’s china and it looks beautiful it looks on the quilt. I adore ALL your bunnies.

  6. April 11, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Mary, a magazine should hire you pronto. I can be a bunnie for an hour and join you. Olive

  7. Debbie C.
    April 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Oops, I just noticed a typo in my comment. I don’t type well on my iPhone :-)

  8. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    April 11, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Mary…this is my very favorite setting…on your lawn.. by the lake…the table covered in a quilt…this truly defines ” tranquil”…Gorgeous, gorgeous china…and you display it so well with the beautiful accessories and flowers..not to mention the food…you ALWAYS make the food look like a great piece of art…your tablescapes are always a true work of art…

  9. April 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Fortified by Zyrtec – indeed! What a lovely post. Your bunnies just made my heart go pitter patter with happiness. The table is so lovely. I love your mom-in-law’s china. The flowers are exquisite. The quilt affords the perfect backdrop and yes.. no ironing is the best! Happy Wednesday.. xo marlis

  10. Marilyn
    April 11, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I just love it when I open my computer for the day and see there is a post from you. Your attention to detail is most appreciated. You think of every aspect of that which you are bringing us into. Spring is definitely alive where you live and thank you for sharing it with us. The bunnies, the flowers, the table setting; everything pulls from each other. Please post often, love your “stuff”. ~m

  11. Marilyn
    April 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

    How lucky, and pampered, your guests must feel when invited to dine with you! I absolutely love the Pansy bunny pitchers and dishware.

    There is a new Home Goods about to open about a mile from my house, which thrills me no end! I’m hoping to find some pieces of the Pansy Bunny set.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  12. April 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

    What a lovely table. The quilt is so pretty and perfect for this setting! Love the pansies! Hugs, Linda

  13. April 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Mary, so happy to see the bunnies are still around lakeside. They are so delightful and perfect with the beautiful dishes on loan from your MIL. Love the quilt! We had to scrub the green away before dining on the terrace. Fortunately the “green rain” stage is now past for this season. Such a mess!!!! Enjoying beautiful weather here, and spending our time outside while we can. LOL The summer heat will be upon us before we know it.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful setting. It’s always a pleasure to dine lakeside! ~ sarah

  14. April 11, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Such a pretty setting for a beautiful table, Mary. Your MIL’s china is just perfect with all the other pretty florals. LOVE the quilt as a tablecloth! You must have an entire closet of them!!

  15. Suzi Lapere
    April 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Love the quilt! Looks as though the needlework was done to match your MIL’s china. After just removing 2 ( a linen & a cotton batten berg) tablecloths from the clothesline for ironing I am seriously considering redressing the dining table with a quilt! I spritz my table coverings w/scotch guard before setting them to fend of stains. Suzi

  16. April 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Mary can I come lunch with the bunnies too? What a gorgeous table and the food looks divine. That rabbit pitcher stole my heart. I don’t remember seeing it at Home Goods. Its just adorable and your fresh flowers both on the table and on your yummy food make everything so inviting. And when did you say your next luncheon was….


  17. April 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Of course, I love the bunnies!! The dinnerware is so delicate and beautiful. Another wonderful post, Mary.

  18. April 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    This post is delightfully exquisite!

  19. Ellen
    April 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    What a beautiful setting. The dishes are beautiful. I love all the scenery around this lovely table!

  20. April 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Just gorgeous! All the spring inspired colors and the pansies!!!!! So beautiful! You are the queen of tablescaping beauty, Mary!
    Thanks for the shout-out! Your pansy shortbreads look amazing!

  21. April 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    The dishes look good enough to eat, and the food looks too good to eat! Magnificent!!!! And thank the good Lord for allergy remedies!!!!!!!!!!

  22. April 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Sweet! That china is so delicate and pretty, yet looks wonderful with the casualness of the quilt! Your bunnies are so pretty, and what is there not to like about this lunch! Take me away! :) We can’t put anything out till after the pollen invasion in another month. We can, but then I have to clean it twice!
    Thanks so much for linking this beautiful post to Let’s Dish!

  23. April 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I just decided that this is my favorite table of yours yet. I love the way your MIL’s beautiful china looks against the quilt. I just have to try to use a quilt some time. The rest of the table is just one piece of WOW after another.
    I also want to try the violas for edible garnish. Wonder if I’ll have to try to grow my own to find organic ones.

    Really, Mary, this is a table masterpiece!

  24. April 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Wow this is fabulous!! Love your dishes and how you decorate your table. Thanks for sharing.

    Letter U

  25. April 12, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Everything is so adorable: the bunnies, the quilt and the dishes are all so beautiful….Christine

  26. April 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I had to laugh about the pollen. We’ve been inundated, but it is finally getting better which my head really appreciates. I have your cake stand. TJ Maxx? I’m not sure I can incorporate it in as lovely a way as you have.

  27. April 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

    another perfect moment in time… i adore all your touches, the soup salad and dessert are fairy tale pretty. i would have to say easter must be one of your favorite holidays, you have gone all out for the month with one stunning table after another… so refreshingly beautiful i am feeling like such a slouch that i do so little in the world of pretty!

  28. April 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Lovely, just lovely. These are my favorite colors and I adore pansies. Your borrowed dishes are to die for. I love the way you decorate. Your quilt/table cloth is gorgeous. I just love coming to your blog to see what you’ve done lately. Thanks so much.

  29. April 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Your quilt looks like it was made to go with your MIL’s beautiful dishes!!!! It is perfect. I LOOOVE the bunny pieces and the floating flowers. Like Yvonne said, you are the QUEEN of tablescaping. I would LOVE to hop on over and eat with you. I haven’t had ANY chocolate or jelly beans so lunch sounds good!!! XO, Pinky

  30. Mrs. S
    April 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Oh what a beautiful table, food and photo’s. Such a delight!
    Happy Easter! Mrs. S

  31. Pat
    April 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Everything looks so exquisite, Mary! I have a weakness for pretty bunnies such as these and your MIL’s dishes are gorgeous! They match so well well with the wonderful salad sweet pansy cookies. The carrot soup sounds divine. I love everything! I hope you and your family had a lovely Easter.

  32. Jen
    April 13, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Everything is so beautiful! The salad is even a work of art! I love carrots and will definitely have to check out this recipe! Thanks for sharing =)

  33. April 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

    This is my first time on your blog ( saw you on a blog carnival) and I am blown away by your spectacular photos ! I just subscribed by email so I don’t miss any..Everything is so inviting, the cookies, the table settings, the soup….

  34. April 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    And beautiful bunnies they are! I love the bunny table and those pansy shortbread cookies are spectacular!

  35. April 13, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    What a beautiful setting! I love all the flowers and bunnies! The quilt added just the right touch! Lovely! :)

  36. April 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    You have such a talent for taking everyday objects and turning them into something that looks like a picture out of a storybook. I love pansies! (Sweet as Sugar Cookies)

  37. April 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

    How many ways are there to say “lovely”!?! Truly a gorgeous table setting. You MIL china is romantic and beautiful and the bunnies are as cute and adorable as anything can be. The soup and the salad and the wonderful shortbread pansy cookies all make for a beautiful and delightful spring setting on your quilt. Makes us all want to hop into spring!

  38. April 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I just showed my husband and we decided we want to live next door to you just to take in all the beautiful lakeside tablesettings you design and prepare. Those pansy cookies are gorgeous!!!

  39. April 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Everything is beautiful in your images from the water, the lighthouse and then your tablescape. What a wonderful place to live and dine! I would never want to leave. The quilt and the China are fabulous as well as your bunnies. I can’t say enough about your designing, love it all!! Thanks.

  40. Rattlebridge Farm
    March 21, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    When I saw the thumbnail at Foodie Friday, I knew this was yours, Mary. I love all of your recipes and photos. They bring such beauty and serenity into my world, and you always inspire me. You are my hero!

  41. April 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Goodness, your tablescape is so beautiful. I love the salad with the violas in them.

  42. Bev
    April 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Gorgeous dishes! Perfect with this table….love the centerpiece.

  43. April 4, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Mary, I’m so happy you shared this one again. It’s adorable in every detail. I’ve pinned a few of these ideas. I just might “copycat” some of these ideas.

  44. April 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    everything is so beautiful, and those cookies look delish!

  45. March 26, 2015 at 12:16 am

    So much fun to see this one again, Mary. The dishes, the cookies, the beautiful setting ~ I’m swooning!

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