Every Easter a group of family and friends gather at Chestnut Cottage for our annual Easter Lunch. I love this tradition, but it’s generally the “same suspects” with an occasional new friend here and there. In a similar fashion, our menu traditionally remains the same. I often think of varying the menu, yet several of my Easter patrons have highly discouraged that thought!
You know that setting the table is one of my FAVORITE parts of any event. Each Easter I like to bring a little bit of the Chestnut Cottage garden indoors with a garden of delights on each table-including spring flowers, eggs of all kinds (real, alabaster and chocolate truffle ones) and a sweet bunny peeping his head out.
I cover the table with moss that I dig by hand. I simply love the smell of the fresh moss and hopefully the Easter Lunch patrons won’t be offended if a tiny bit of dirt gets mixed in with their Pinch Bread! For the china, I always use my Old Coalport pattern Leighton Spray on Easter because of all of the wonderful patterns of spring-like flowers. I love how it makes the table look like a garden!
The kitchen table is a bit more rustic with the twig placemats, along with the handmade twig “towers” which graced both of our Easter tables this year. These were made by a local artisian and I purchased them at one of my very favorite shops, Gardener’s Cottage in Asheville, NC.
You may remember last week when I shared a few ideas for place card holders. This year I decided to use the vintage cobalt egg holders, given to me by my wonderful friend, Holli Morris, from Tampa.
I also mixed in a few cute bronze bunnies that I “collected” last year from Global Views, while at the High Point Market (they are holding my favorite almonds from France!).
This year was especially memorable because it was baby Wells first Easter! As you can see grandaddy Wells is quite smitten with this little boy!
And, of course, after we are suitably stuffed , we took a small snooze and then watched the final match of the 2012 Masters! Such an emotional victory for Bubba Watson! I love this Southern tradition!
I hope your Easter was as delightful as ours!