Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Easter Blues

In case you didn't notice, I've been on recess from Blog Land for over a week. There wasn't one good reason for it, either.

There were two good reasons.
One very Practical, and the other Whimsical. 

Yessiree folks, I had not one but two daughters home for the long holiday weekend. In anticipation, I took the week before Easter to get everything practically perfect in every way.   Then I took two days after Easter to recover from the aforementioned over-achievement.

Now, originally, I had planned a pink Easter,  I'd even purchased a pastel plaid tablecloth as my inspiration piece. As I was going through my dishes, however, I found these little dessert plates.  

I bought them at TJMaxx for Easter last year, and honestly...
 I had nearly forgotten that I had them.

Don't you think they match those eggs I decoupaged 
on my eggcellent adventure?

Yeah, me too.
So I took them off my mantel and  decided to call this one The Easter Blues instead. 
We set not one but two Easter tables 
with the same place setting.

The blue plaid salad plates came from Good Will about a year ago. They are one of the few decent things I've ever found at ours. The dinner plate is Italian Countryside, 
and the charger is one that I painted for my Yellow Year theme.

Told  ya I would get a lot of use out of those yellow chargers...

For Friday night's dinner,
 I used a plain blue cotton table cloth and yellow cotton napkins.

The stemware was Aurora Blue by Denby,
from the Great Wedding Adventure of '84.
In full disclosure, we actually just used one stem.
 I added the others for  blog bling. 

Then, on Saturday night,
I changed the blue tablecloth with (my favorite) vintage yellow and white one.
Have I mentioned how much I love vintage linens?

The tablecloth has matching napkins. 
I layered  them with plain white linen ones for extra poof. 

Plus, we can use the plain ones and save wear and tear on the vintage ones. 

Yes, that's a decoupaged napkin ring to go with the table.

 I had purchased some ceramic rings for a dollar a bunch at a recent thrift sale, but I wasn't all that fond of their pattern. I primed and painted them and did the same technique on them that I did on the eggs.

I love them. 

Aside from the linens, everything pretty much stayed the same.  

Same old Act I by Oneida. I really need to get out of that rut, don't I? 

Same Stemware

Same flowers, but I wrapped this vase in a yellow checked napkin for a little color.

And there you have it. Our Easter Blues table
done two different ways.

The second one is my favorite.
How about you?

As of today, that table still resides in the dining room where I reset it for pictures, eggs and all. The daughters, however, have returned to college and career.  The Practical One landed in DC a few minutes ago. When we'll all be together again, I really don't know.

Which makes me a kinda like my Easter table. You know... trying to find the yellow, but still just a little bit  blue

I'm Dishing with Cuisine Kathleen this evening. I want to thank Kathleen again for  the Target gift card I won at her St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl. I'll be dishing on my purchase as soon as I make it!

I'll also be on The Porch tomorrow.


Amy Kinser said...

Hey girl. Love the tables that you set for your family. I know that your girls have to feel very special that you take the time to "do things up for them".

Sorry you are a little blue. I can only imagine when the day comes that mine are gone. Will you pray for me when that time comes? Hope both the girls are doing great.

Sue said...

I knew you must have been enjoying your "full" nest again with both of your girls home. These years of grown up girls are so much fun ~ although bittersweet with them up and leaving just when you get used to having them around!
I know you'll be in the "pink" again soon. {sorry ~ couldn't resist more color}

Debbie said...

You won't believe this but I actually HAD the entire set of those dishes in my early years of marriage when everything in my kitchen was blue! I LOVED them...however they didn't love me and maybe because I used them for everyday which with 3 little boys was kind of dumb. But they were always breaking, chipping, etc., and eventually they were just too horrid and I got rid of them. I wish now I had kept some of the dessert plates at least. I loved them then, and I still do. I like the second table a tid bit better than the first, though they are both wonderful. I love the vintage tablecloth and napkins too. As for your girls being gone and you being blue, boy do I ever get that. : ( Hope your feeling better about it soon. HUGS

Sooner Laura said...

How beautiful and a good occasion to take a break from blogging (but you were missed). Your table is beautiful I want to eat at your house!

Denise said...

Welcome back. I truly understand about the blues. I get them every time mine leaves to go home. So happy at least one of "our" girls relocated around the corner. Love both tables. The vintage linens are beautiful as is the napkin ring but the pop of blue is pretty too! Great job.

I think I have the same blue plates but I think mine are salad plates. I guess great minds think alike, huh...

Shanee @ LivingLifeSouthernStyle said...

So glad you are back! I was worried that you might be gone forever :) I should have known your chicks would return to you for the holiday, so happy you had time together. I love the blue/yellow themes and I really love the napkins rings and plates that match your eggs. Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a great visit and Easter. P.S. Since I saw your painted chargers I have been on the hunt for some. Apparently they are as elusive as a winning lotto ticket in my area!

Shug said...

Glad you are back! Hope you enjoyed your time away, and it certainly sounds like you did. Your table settings were so pretty. I love how you made everything look so different. Great job!

Terra said...

Both table settings, the blue and the yellow, turned out quite pretty and Easter season looking.

Barbara F. said...

Mussed you, Deb! Figured you were busy with Spring break. Both settings are great, always love blue and yellow. xo

ellen b said...

Oh so pretty. I think I'll go blue and yellow next Easter...if I remember. Love your layers of plates and those great blue goblets. Lovely!

Denise said...


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Glad the girls were home for Easter, that's always fun! I like both table settings, the tablecloths really do make them each look different! Cute napkin rings:@)

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

So glad you had such a wonderful visit! Your tables are great...and you take such beautiful pictures, I never seem to catch mine right on the camera.

I did, however, with 11 of us for Easter, found out I need to add to my china...yes, my 32 year old china is discontinued, and I need salad and bread I had to mix other dishes...luckily I was practical when I married and to add to it won't break the bank. Now just to have all those boys enjoy my table...LOL, that might be an impossible dream...but the food was good!

Thanks for showing and inspiring such beautiful tables.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Ahhh, Blue & Yellow is such a beautiful color scheme! and You've made yours "Sing Spring"!!! I am "IN LOVE,LOVE,LOVE" with YOUR EGGS! If I could pick just one item, that is what it would be!!! They are "GORGEOUS"!!!
Happy Easter Week to you,
Big Hugs,

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Swooning over your blue and yellow, hands down my favorite pairing. I'm so glad those perfectly good gals were home to help you celebrate! I'm sure it was a great visit.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

The mix of plates is beautiful Debbie. I love that floral plate especially.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Awwh! Don't be blue your table setting is absolutely beautiful. I love that they really seemed meant to be with your decoupaged eggs matching your newest dishes from last year so well. The napkin rings are amazing! What a beautiful job you did on those as well. I'm with you, I like the second tablecloth the best! They are both so pretty. Glad to hear you had a lovely Easter with you family!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

The mix of plates is beautiful! You certainly have an eye for decoupage. A lovely table!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Blue, white and of my very favorite color table is beautiful...I adore those eggs!!

kitty said...

Oh my, I love your table...the plaid dishes with the floral, the wrapped vase, the vintage lines, your decoupaged egg and napkin rings. You did a wonderful job!! I'm your newest follower. Follow me back? :)

Marlis said...

Love your yellow and blue. the floral plates with the plaid plates are divine. Looks like you made it easy on yourself just changing the tablecloths.. brilliant! xo marlis

FrouFrouBritches said...

I love, love, love the vintage yellow tablecloth!!! You're right about those plates. They totally match the decopauge eggs and now the cool decopauge napkin rings! Love it! And don't even think about replacing the Aci I. It's my favorite.

Glad the girls got back safe!

Gaby said...

I wanna know: do you REALLY eat on that table after you decorate it so pretty? I would not let ANYONE come near it :)

Debbie said...

We did actually eat on these tables. If you ate my cooking, you would know how necessary it is to camouflage it with pretty dishes.

Meredith said...

Thanks for your sweet comment. I love your floral plates and your table looks lovely.

D said...

Hi, Debbie,
Thanks for your sweet comments about Mom.
Now, as for your table, I do love the way you did both tables, but have to agree, I like the second table a little better. Blue and yellow are so pretty, no matter how you combine them.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

It's crazy how excited we are to see our kids! You will have to let us know how the DC babe is doing! I don't know about yours, but my future DIL could be out of a job Nov.7th...fingers crossed. Now, your table is fabulous, yes it goes great with your eggs. i like the table setting more than the food prep, I changed my tablecloth twice! sounds like it was a great time!!


Robin said...

Love your blue and yellow especially that blue plaid plate. Great GW find! I bought some modpodge months ago and still haven't used it but your eggs and napkin rings have insprired me!

Robin Flies South

Rettabug said...

"blog bling" LOL Now how else would do such a thing??!!! *wink*

Both tables look delightfully springy & I ♥♥♥ your decoupaged eggs & napkin rings. You did a great job on both.

I fully understand your feelings as your DD's return to their own nests. When we lived in FL, I would go into a deep funk after every visit, because I knew it would be months before I would see them again. Now I can run over to their home anytime!!! ~~big grin~~


Debbiedoo's said...

Hi Debbie! So nice your daughters were home. Personally I am a yellow and blue gal. Those Easter colors just looked like puke in my house. I like them in others but not mine. Your table is pretty. Thanks for your sweet comments. NOW WHERE IS my sugar? POWWWWWWW!~LOL....for the record, I am very timid now HA!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You were indeed missed!

That table is amazing. I wouldn't be able to eat off of it! :)

Crickit said...

I LOVE both of the tablescapes... so beautiful. I hope you enjoyed your Easter having your daughter's at home...I am sure it was a sweet time! :)

Scribbler said...

Love this post! Your tables are so beautiful, and I really like that you used the items you had decoupaged yourself. The touch of the human hand is always the best, I think.

Kelley said...

My favorites at your tables were Practical and Whimsy.

I'm blue because I didn't get to see our girls for Easter...

Marigene said...

Delightful would be hard to choose a favorite. Love your decoupaged eggs and napkin rings...they are perfect with the plates.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

well they both put mine to shame! and I've been checkin' in on you since I got back from Texas...I'm happy it was a visit from your babies that kept you away. I haven't seen mine since Christmas and won't probably until July. It's hard on a momma I know ! Hope you are able to see yours sooner than six months. LOVE your decoupage and how you put it all together (())

Tracy said...

awww, I bet you are feeling a bit blue...your table looked lovely and I like how you matched the different patterns of the dishes.
Keep yourself immersed in the memories of your time together!

HOPE said...

My Dining area is Blue and yellow..

I love your tablescape..very very nice! Love the new plates...

and you DID do an EGGcellent job on your craft!!

The colors are so soft..yet cheery and fresh..

Happy Spring

Kathleen said...

I feel a blue and yellow table coming on! Both tables are so pretty, perfect for any time of year!
I am so impressed with your eggs and napkin rings! Just beautiful! I will be on the look out for some plain ones so that I can copycat you! I have to go back and find the directions.
Thanks for sharing these lovely tables at Let's Dish! It was a pleasure to see them!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh Debbie - I know there is nothing better then kids coming home. And having both at the same time is like a miracle.

I think all your blues were beautiful - I really can't pick my favorite - each one was so different and unique in it's own way.

The only blue I didn't like - because I know it too - is when they left.


Tricia said...

How fun to have both girls home together! I know they were tickled to see both of your pretty tables. I got a kick out of "blog bling"! Know just what you mean! The soft yellow with your pretty blues looked so Easter-y!

Gina said...

Both tables looked beautiful! I love how the blue looks with the soft yellow.

Your new salad plates are so pretty & they layered up perfectly with your other plates. They are such a great compliment to your eggs.

Christine said...

You got me at Blue and had me at Yellow!

The best color combination ever!
I'm going back up to re-look at your tables, wow!

Alycia Nichols said...

If something works, stick with it! The Oneida is a great work horse and, let's face it, that's part of the reason we buy things in the first place: because it'll look good with so many settings!!! You're right about the eggs...a perfect complement to the plates! I can't believe you actually decoupaged all those napkin rings! Wow...what fortitude!!! Both tables are beautifully done. It's always good to show how just a little change can go a long way in making a table look different. Have a great weekend, and I hope you are able to fully recover from your over-achieving ways soon! :-)

Leslie's Garden said...

Fabulous table, and in my favorite colors! I love the eggs, how clever! And I'll have to remember that about the napkin rings. So much you can do with paint and decoupage!

Sarah (Nikki) said...

Love this table with the beautiful blues....but even more love that your girls were home. I have two girls and love hanging with them so I get that you must have been over the moon happy.

Lynn Richards said...

I can't stand it when those girls of ours go back to their lives...well, yes I can, but I sure do miss them. (mine.) Miss yours for you.
I love, LOVE the vintage yellow and white tablecloth. That would be my favorite.
Hope your are not so blue.

Lynn Richards said...

I can't stand it when those girls of ours go back to their lives...well, yes I can, but I sure do miss them. (mine.) Miss yours for you.
I love, LOVE the vintage yellow and white tablecloth. That would be my favorite.
Hope your are not so blue.

Miss Char said...

I knew I should have stayed in your neck of the woods for a couple more days...I could have invited myself over to sit at your beautiful Easter table Debbie. I love the blue and especially when you paired it up with the yellow. Thanks for sharing.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Yes, I had noticed you missing. I was just sending you an email when I said let me just check her blog and here you are. Glad you're back!

Those eggs you made work so perfectly with your dishes. I love discovering something I bought and forgot. It's like buying it all over again! You're tables are beautiful. I love changing tablecloths too.

SavannahGranny said...

Debbie, You know me I am always late. I do love, love, love both tables. My favorite color combo. I love the stemware and I am gaga over the eggs and napkin rings.
I know what you mean about the kids going back to their lives. I miss them dearly but that's when we know we are successful moms.
Love to you, Ginger

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh such pretty Easter blues. I do love the blue and yellow together. So sweet and cheerful. I know that you loved your time with your girls.

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Well my Dear, I am not one for-blue, usually. But what you have done with it, would win over even a non-blue-loving person. :-)

“Hath the pearl less whiteness Because of its birth?
Hath the violet less brightness For growing near earth?”

~Thomas Moore

Canadagirl said...

I am sorry if I didn't listen to your no comment thing but I just wanted to say thank you for the Piney Stick Forest post. (((HUGS))) I needed that.

Blessings and ((HUGS))

Sharlotte said...

Hi Debbie,
I like both of your tables...the blues are so pretty, the yellow too! I love vintage linens a lot, don't you wish they could talk? It would be so interesting to hear days-gone-by conversations!

Vee said...

Sounds like a very special weekend with your girls. How I love a blue and yellow combination. There's nothing quite like it!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Someone made me stop kissing a baby (and a 2-yr-old) and return home, so now I'm finally stopping by for a visit. I like both of your Easter tables, but you know I'm like you when it comes to vintage linens! I'm sure your girls enjoyed the results of your labors, and I'm so glad they were both able to be home to celebrate Easter with you.

Sharon said...

Simply lovely, Debbie - I'm sure the girls enjoyed it! I know I sure did!

I think I like the second table slightly better, too. Guess I'm needing a little yellow in my bluish world!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I, for one, had noticed your absence, and I am so glad it was for a good reason (or 2 good reasons). your tables are wonderful! Blue and yellow are a favorite color combination of mine, so I love both tables. I love the way you just re-do something when you need a different color for your table. The yellow chargers and those napkin rings are brilliant, and I love that your beautiful eggs are so perfect with you china. Very well done! laurie

Kathryn Ross said...

Oh - you are an inspiration! I just picked up a couple place settings mixing and matching at a thrift store in blue and yellow and a sweet green! Just need to find the tea service to match it.

Problem is - I am quickly running out of room with all my thrifty collections for tea posts this year - What can I do about that??? Where on earth d o you keep all your marvelous settings - and for more than two!!??



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