Easter Table Inspiration

IMG_5595Easter is early this year (March 27th), so I’m already thinking about how I’m going to set our table. Just like last year, my pink and white Raynaud in the Transat pattern will be front and center, as will a collection of bunnies. Soft, pastel flowers feel right for this holiday, so the palette will be more like a watercolor than an acrylic painting.IMG_5553 IMG_5597And, chocolate bunnies and candy colored eggs will be plentiful! What more do you need?!

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Derby Day Decor

 I’m still recovering from the excitement of last weekend’s big event, yet we’ve entered a new month and one of the biggest events of May happens this Saturday. The 137th Kentucky Derby!!!

Recently, I was asked to decorate a table for a local school fundraiser…the theme was Around the World. Since many of the more exotic locales had been taken, I stayed closer to home and went with the Kentucky Derby, as it is informally known as the Run for the Roses.

We were required to stay with certain elements and a black and white tablecloth, so I chose a wide black and white stripe which made me think of a jockey’s jersey.

I incorporated hot pink roses (the original roses of the 1st Kentucky Derby were pink and white, not red) and included a nod toward pretty pink tulips. The centerpiece was created in a silver trophy urn and surrounded by smaller arrangements in mint julep cups.

At the end of the evening, guests took home a book about the Kentucky Derby all tied up with ribbon and a pink rose.
So, be sure and watch this Saturday as the horses make their way around the track. Will it be Uncle Mo, Pants of Fire or Mucho Macho Man?

Red Rose Colored Glasses

It all began with an email. “These have your name on them! Incredible color, very unusual.” The email came from Eddie & Jaithan, who were scouring the Renninger’s Flea Market in Florida for great stuff.
“Love them, how many?” I replied. There were 10. So the fellas wrapped them up and brought them home. Turns out they are from the 1880s. How fun is that?!
Lucky me….Eddie and Jaithan were in town last weekend for a friend’s birthday, so I got them via personal delivery!
I’m hosting a book club luncheon this week…and these glasses are the perfect color and style to match our book, Cleopatra! I dug out my mother’s Gold Florentine china plates and some placemats I bought years ago at Sue Fisher King, in San Francisco. 

I think it’s going to make for a fantastic table setting. Only problem? I haven’t finished the book!
What is inspiring your entertaining lately?
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