Dancing Into Spring, Bunny Style!

Welcome to the 449th Tablescape Thursday! When I visited Marie's beautiful home recently, the table in her living/family room was set for spring. This table is occasionally used by the family, but it primarily serves as a another area for dining when additional seating is needed.   I oohed and aahed over these adorable plates. They are so pretty! I love the sweet bunnies face and the soft … [Read more...]




Whimsical Ideas for Spring Tablescapes

Welcome to the 448th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Spring! My friend, Marie, had a big family gathering this year for Easter. She decorated and set her tables well in advance, but with my trip to Morocco, we could never find a good date to get together for photos. Just before I left to travel out of state to see family for Easter, I was able to stop by Marie's home to take photos, but unfortunately she … [Read more...]




The Easter Bunny Spills His Egg-Hiding Secrets

Welcome to the 447th Tablescape Thursday! Happy springtime! I spent much of Tuesday and part of Wednesday cleaning the porch and readying it for spring-summer. The porch is officially open for business! :) Yeah, summer!   Everything needed a good washing including the swing-chain-covers. The covers are washed and sitting on the swing waiting to be re-hung. The swing looks so naked without … [Read more...]




Hopping Into Spring with a Beautiful Spring-Easter Table Setting

Welcome to the 446th Tablescape Thursday! I really wanted to set a table on the porch this week but unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate. We had severe thunderstorms and lightening the entire day. We've really had some horrendous weather over the last few weeks. So I'm putting off sharing my spring-Easter until next week, but I have a wonderful treat for you for this week's Tablescape … [Read more...]




Bunny Hopping Into Spring

Welcome to 440th Tablescape Thursday! We've always had a soft spot in our hearts around here for cats and bunnies. When my son was very small, we had a sweet bunny named Phineas.   Phineas was a much-loved bunny and even enjoyed cuddling with our hamster, Ralph, nearby.   So when I stumble across a cute bunny bowl, I can rarely resist. A few weeks ago I shared this adorable … [Read more...]




Spring Table Setting Ideas…Hurry Up Spring!

Welcome to the 437th Tablescape Thursday! I'm so sorry Tablescape Thursday is late going up. I thought today was Wednesday, I kid you not! I think my mix up started with having a doctor's appointment yesterday (just a check up, nothing serious) and for some reason I had it in my head all last week that the appointment was on Tuesday of this week. So this morning when I awoke, I was thinking it was … [Read more...]




Where Did You Get That Flatware?

Welcome to the 409th Tablescape Thursday! I've been out of town visiting with family for the last five days and just got back late yesterday evening. Since I wasn't home to create a tablescape, I thought it might be fun to put together a post all about flatware. Flatware is to a table setting what jewelry or shoes are to an outfit. The right flatware can be the perfect finishing touch to a beautiful … [Read more...]




A Spring Table Setting for the Little Ones

Welcome to the 394th Tablescape Thursday! For Easter each year, my friend, Marie, always sets the cutest table for her six grandchildren. This year's table was especially adorable because there were already some very soft and colorful guests seated in each chair around the table. :)   You can find these online at the Peeps website. Just Google for Plush Peeps and it's the first thing that … [Read more...]




A Springtime Table with Cabbage Plates & Floral Egg Centerpiece

Welcome to the 393rd Tablescape Thursday! When I visited Marie a couple of weeks ago, she had set several tables in her home in anticipation of the large family gathering she would be having for Easter. This table was set in her dining room near a tree Marie decorates for all the holidays and seasons. (View the tree HERE.)   Marie used Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage plates and topped those off … [Read more...]




A Visit to Marie’s Beautiful Home for Easter

Welcome to the 374th Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you've had a wonderful spring weekend! I'm putting Monday's post up a bit early since I'll be away from my computer tomorrow for much of the day. Recently when I visited with my friend, Marie, I so enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful decorations she had put up for spring and Easter. Her mantel was decorated with a egg garland in the colors of spring: … [Read more...]




Marie’s Beautiful Spring Easter Table Setting

Welcome to the 392nd Tablescape Thursday! This past Monday I spent a fun day shopping and lunching with my friend, Marie. If you've been reading BNOTP for a while, you know Marie decorates her beautiful Victorian home for all the holidays and seasons. I couldn't wait to see what she had done this year for spring! Marie creates whimsical vignettes throughout her home for her six grandchildren to enjoy. … [Read more...]




Spring Easter Table Setting With Spode Emma’s Garland & Bunny Centerpiece

Welcome to the 391st Tablescape Thursday! We're out on the porch this week for Tablescape Thursday. The weather has been so nice, running in the mid 70's every day, so I couldn't resist putting a table outside. Has spring arrived early in your area, too?   I've put together a table that will work for an Easter or springtime gathering.   This is the first time I've used the … [Read more...]




Found: Not One, But 3 Bunnies with Baskets!

Each time I set a table and use Mr. Bunny in the centerpiece, I get lots of emails and comments from folks asking where I found him. He was designed by artist, Marjolein Bastin and I found him several years ago in a small gift shop in Marietta, Georgia called The Whimsical Nest. I've heard from several readers who have called the shop and were told that they no longer carry him. I think they only had him … [Read more...]




Spring and Easter Table Setting Ideas

Welcome to the 386th Tablescape Thursday! Thanks so much for all the lovely congrats and well-wishes you left on yesterday's post. These are the moments that really matter in life and I love being able to share them with you, dear Friends! ♥ Last Tablescape Thursday, I shared a Valentine's Day themed table. On Friday we went on a field trip to Pottery Barn to see all the wonderful tables they have … [Read more...]




Delphinium & Bunnies For Spring

Welcome to the 347th Tablescape Thursday! Today I'm sharing a tablescape I had hoped to share back around Easter but couldn't quite get it ready in time. It actually works great for spring or summer, too.   I kept the centerpiece simple with bunnies and a big pot of Delphinium.   I love Delphinium but whenever I've planted them in my garden, they never come back the next … [Read more...]




Spring Tablescape With Williams Sonoma Damask Bunny

Welcome to the 346th Tablescape Thursday! Elena put together the most adorable table for Easter this year. Though perfect for Easter, this tablescape would be great anytime during the spring and summer months. In her email, Elena said, "It all started with Williams Sonoma blue damask bunny plates that absolutely stole my heart."   Elena added, "I loved the bunny plates so much that I … [Read more...]




Spring Table Setting For Children

Welcome to the 344th Tablescape Thursday! Yesterday I put together a fun table that I'll be sharing with you very soon. In the meantime, I'm excited to share the adorable table my friend, Marie, created for her grandchildren to enjoy during their visits this spring and for Easter. Do you see the cute cupcakes down the center of the table? Marie found those at Pier 1. Have you ever seen Bunny crackers? … [Read more...]




Hopping Into Spring

Welcome to the 343rd Tablescape Thursday! One of the things I love so much about Marie's home is how it's both beautiful and very livable. You immediately feel the love she has for her family just in the way she decorates for the holidays and displays photos of loved ones throughout her home. In her large living room, Marie has a table behind one of the sofas that works great for impromptu meals or … [Read more...]




Make A Banner For Spring Decorating: A Tutorial

Welcome to the 324th Metamorphosis Monday! Though Easter is behind us, when Bonnie shared a picture of the wonderful Spring Easter banner she made by hand to transform her fireplace mantel for spring, I knew I had to share it with you! Is this not amazing?!   So many beautiful details!   I absolutely love all the color and pattern! See those cute rosettes along the bottom. … [Read more...]




Celebrate Spring With a Floral & Bunny Table Setting

Welcome to the 342nd Tablescape Thursday! Last week for Tablescape Thursday, I shared my friend, Marie's breakfast table that was set adorably for Easter.   Marie also prepared her table in the dining room and it's just as wonderful!   Notice how Marie used simple floral bouquets down the center of the table...perfect for spring!   The pierced dinner plates in … [Read more...]




Decorate Outdoors For Easter

Do you like to decorate outside for spring or Easter? My friend, Marie decorates for all the holidays and not only do her six grandchildren love it, the folks who pass by on the road in front of her home, look forward to it, too. When we are out and about in the community shopping or having lunch, folks will often stop her to tell her how much they love seeing the decorations each season. When we got … [Read more...]




Spring Easter Table Setting & An Easter Spring Tree

Welcome to the 341st Tablescape Thursday! Thank you so much for all the wonderful suggestions, tips and recommendations regarding traveling and touring Europe. I will be rereading your comments over and over because the information you shared is invaluable! So many great suggestions! If you have any plans for taking a trip to Europe in the future, be sure and check out all the comments on yesterday's … [Read more...]




A Spring Table Setting with the Easter Bunny

Welcome to the 340th Tablescape Thursday! It's been beautiful here, spring has arrived! The Redbud trees are through blooming and are pushing out leaves. The daffodils, forsythia and Bradford pears are blooming, too. I was so excited to see the Tardiva tree-form hydrangeas I planted in huge pots on the deck, survived the winter and are putting out new leaves. I love this time of year! Since it was … [Read more...]




DIY Burlap Bunny-Ear Napkin Rings For Your Spring Table

Welcome to the 315th Metamorphosis Monday! Last year I saw these cute burlap bunny-ear napkin rings in a cataglog. Ummm, that started the wheels a-turning. I saved the picture to my computer thinking I might try to DIY them some day.   With spring just 5-6 weeks away, I decided to start working on them now so they will be ready for a spring or Easter tablescape.   I already … [Read more...]




Easter Spring Table Setting With Greenhouse Centerpiece

Welcome to the 291st Tablescape Thursday! It's been beautiful weather here although the pollen is raging! It was unbelievably thick on the porch table and required a good wipe down before I could create a table setting for this week's Tablescape Thursday.   Starting to see a little green out there now.   It's hard to be upset over the pollen when the spring breezes are so … [Read more...]




Peat Pot Spring Baskets, Perfect for Easter

Easter is only a few weeks away and I'm so excited to share a beautiful Easter craft from my friend Jane who blogs at Cottage at the Crossroads.  Here's Jane to explain just how she made these adorable Peat Pot Spring Baskets. Tutorial from Jane, Cottage at the Crossroads: Have you been noticing those pretty peat pots that people have been decorating? Well, I just had to make some, too, and I'm … [Read more...]




Spring Dessert Buffet for An Outdoor Party

Welcome to the 285th Tablescape Thursday! Yesterday I shared a Pottery Barn inspired potting table I built for my deck, an area where each year I do a lot of container gardening for summer. This was the inspiration table, the Abbott Island Buffet/Potting Table.   This was the version I created for around $1,050 less than the inspiration table. :)   One of the neat things … [Read more...]




Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients

There's nothing more stressful when preparing a big holiday dinner than running out of a key ingredient, especially when there's no time to run back to the store. Here's a list I compiled of popular substitutions for some of the more common ingredients we sometimes run low on. Hope this helps your cooking go a bit smoother this holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving! Image from … [Read more...]




Bunnies and Lambs for Spring or Easter Dining: The Children’s Table

Welcome to the 240th Tablescape Thursday! I know Easter is long gone but I couldn't resist sharing one more table setting with you created this year by my friend,  Marie for her 6 grandchildren.  It's over-the-top adorable.  Love all the soft, pastel colors.  Do you think Marie will adopt us all and make us honorary grandchildren for a just a little while? ;) Cute, cute cupcakes. Some … [Read more...]




Easter Table Setting with Bunny Plates and Baby Chicks

Welcome to the 239th Tablescape Thursday! Though Easter has past now, I still have a few more Easter/Spring table settings to share with you.  Marie created wonderful tablescapes this year for all the dining areas in her home and not only are they great for Easter, they work wonderfully for springtime, too. This week's tablescape is in her breakfast room where she has the amazing Easter/Spring tree I … [Read more...]




Bedroom Ideas for Spring: Children’s Bedroom

While I was visiting with my friend, Marie recently, I asked if she had decorated her granddaughter's bedroom for spring.  I remembered how cute it was decorated for Christmas (shown below). She said she had made a few changes in the room for spring so I couldn't wait to see it and snap a few pics to share with you. There's plenty of room for all 4 grandchildren when they are all here on the … [Read more...]




Easter Spring Table Setting

Welcome to the 238th Tablescape Thursday! Marie created some wonderful table settings for Easter/spring.   The one I'm sharing today is in her beautiful dining room. Marie will enjoy this table setting with her family this year for Easter. A few close-ups...love the pierced chargers, pierced egg cups and pierced napkin rings. You'll find a list detailing where Marie found all the … [Read more...]




Spring Table Setting for Two

We recently visited Sandi's  home when she was having a special Mardi Gras brunch.   If you missed that post, you'll find it here:  Mardi Gras Table Setting and Decorations.  This afternoon I wanted to share a sweet table for two she put together for spring. I love the Bakelite flatware, lacy dinner plate and charger, lettuce leaf salad plate, sheer napkin sheaths and the adorable polka dot bow as a … [Read more...]




Kitchen Decorated for Easter

Today I'm sharing some of the fun ways Marie has decorated inside her home for spring and Easter.  Lately, we've had such cold weather and rainy days, it was wonderful to be inside her home surround by reminders of springtime. Let's start here in Marie's wonderful kitchen. Marie created a fun display for her kitchen island.  This is such a great spot to decorate for the seasons and holidays since … [Read more...]




Decorating for Easter

Welcome to the 218th Metamorphosis Monday! Last month I shared how my friend, Marie decorated her beautiful Victorian home for Valentine's Day.  The Valentine's Day decorations served a dual purpose since they were also in honor of the 4th annual "Hearts for Heroes" reception Marie hosted in her home in honor of the armed forces and our local military personnel. Marie has her spring/Easter decorations … [Read more...]




Camellia Centerpiece for an Easter or Spring Table Setting

Welcome to the 237th Tablescape Thursday! Yesterday was the first official day of spring.  I'm so happy about that!  I love spring and summer so much!  The day started out a bit  chilly but it warmed up just enough to get me out on the porch for this week's Tablescape Thursday.  The table setting I'm sharing today would be great for Easter and that's more or less what I had in mind when I created it, but … [Read more...]




Wide Ironing Boards Make Ironing Easier

Welcome to the 216th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I made an upgrade most folks would probably not get too excited about, but I'm actually pretty excited!  While out shopping a couple of weeks ago, I found myself in the ironing board isle of a local home product store. Guess what I discovered?  Ironing boards come in wider sizes! Did  you know this?  I had absolutely no idea. I didn't buy an ironing … [Read more...]




Name That Tune, What Song is This?

Thanks so much for all the comments and e-mails yesterday about the newsletter, Postcards from the Porch.  When I thought about putting together a newsletter to send out each week, the first thing that popped into my head was, "Ummm, wonder if anyone will be interested?  Will anyone sign up?"   I was just a wee bit worried I'd spend several hours working on something each week that very few folks would ever … [Read more...]




How to Make Rose-Scented Sugar

Welcome to the 187th Metamorphosis Monday! One of my favorite books is Roses for the Scented Room by Barbara Milo Ohrbach.  In fact, I love all her books including Antiques at Home, The Scented Room and Tabletops.  I just ordered A Passion for Antiques this evening.   All her books are very affordable at Amazon, especially if you buy them used in "Good" or "Like New" condition, which is what I almost … [Read more...]




Easter Table Setting with Floral Centerpiece

Welcome to the 191st Tablescape Thursday! Thanks so  much for all the wonderful comments left on yesterday's post.   I so appreciate each and every one.  Your encouragement is giving me the perseverance I need to finish the project. I know Easter has long since past but I'm still not quite done with bunnies.   This time the bunnies are in a springtime breakfast table setting. Lately, … [Read more...]




Table Setting with Spode, Chinese Rose

Welcome to the 190th Tablescape Thursday! Greetings!  For this week's Tablescape Thursday, we're stopping by Cornelia's beautiful home in Switzerland.  Recently, Cornelia prepared a wonderful table setting to share with friends and family for Good Friday. Cornelia said, "I set the table with Spode’s Chinese Rose.  Chinese Rose is the most popular and long-lived of all Spode patterns, and is derived … [Read more...]




Make Marshmallow Flowers for Cupcakes: A Tutorial

Last week's Tablescape Thursday included yummy cupcakes. Here's a wider view of the tablescape... The cupcakes were decorated with little flowers in celebration of spring.   Today, I though I'd share how I made the little flowers.  It's soooo easy, you're gonna love this! To begin, take a hand full of miniature marshmallows and cut them in half on the diagonal.  It's important to … [Read more...]




Easter Spring Table Setting with Tulip Centerpiece

Welcome to the 188th Tablescape Thurday! Happy Spring and welcome to Tablescape Thursday, a party where we celebrate our love for entertaining and creating pretty table settings for our friends and loved ones.  A beautiful table setting is really just an expression of caring and love for those who'll gather there.  It not only offers substance for the tummy, but for the soul, as well.  And, did I mention … [Read more...]




Double Bowl Hurricane Floral Centerpiece: Pottery Barn Knock-Off

I've been using a lot of fresh flowers in table settings lately.  Once those cold winter months are behind us, it's such a joy to bring fresh flowers into our homes.  One of my favorite flowers is the tulip.  It's almost impossible to think of spring and not think of beautiful tulips. Tulips are a wonderful flower to give or receive for a birthday or for Mother's Day.  I've been the happy recipient of … [Read more...]




Decorate Your Door for Easter

Welcome to the 167 Metamorphosis Monday! I have a fun, crafty metamorphosis to share for this Met Monday.   I don't have "before" pics but they would simply be the supplies you would buy to create this adorable bunny for your spring door.   I know that looks like a Christmas tree out on the porch.  It was a tree in an urn with dragonfly lights.   I had it out there for a while but eventually removed it … [Read more...]




Spring Easter Table Setting with Daffodil and Moss Centerpiece

Welcome to the 187th Tablescape Thursday! Greetings!  Hope it's as beautiful where you are as it is here in Georgia.  This has been such a wonderful spring!  As I looked through the photos for this post, I noticed the background is changing with each week's table setting here on the porch.  It's getting green and woolly out there...love this time of year!   For this Tablescape Thursday, … [Read more...]




Spring Easter Table Setting with Wisteria Centepiece

Welcome to the 186th Tablescape Thursday! Greetings!  Hope your week is going great.  Spring is in full swing here; everything is blooming up a storm!  For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I did something I've always wanted to do in a table setting.   I've always wanted to use Wisteria in a centerpiece.  It's just so beautiful and fragrant and it grows wild here in the south.   Each spring … [Read more...]




Easter Breakfast Table Setting with Royal Copenhagen, Musselmalet

Welcome to the 152nd Tablescape Thursday! Earlier in the spring, Cornelia had a ladies breakfast in her beautiful home in Switzerland.   It was near Easter and she created a gorgeous table setting for the event. Cornelia said, "I had an Invitation this morning.   I invited 5 ladies for breakfast and had a Royal Copenhagen, Musselmalet tablescape. " "The Musselmalet is also known as Blue … [Read more...]




A Lovely Easter Tablescape

Marilyn recently shared pictures of a wonderful Easter tablescape and they were just too lovely to keep to myself another whole year before sharing them with you. Marilyn created this a beautiful table setting for her family and it is completely delightful! Love this view of the table! China is Old Country Roses by Royal Albert...so elegant! Marilyn even created a bunny rabbit … [Read more...]




Bunny Rabbit Napkin Fold: Great for Easter or a Springtime Tablescape

While we continue enjoying all the beautiful tablescapes posted for yesterday's Tablescape Thursday, here's a tutorial for the bunny napkin fold I used in this tablescape:  Easter Tablescape with Daisy Centerpiece and Bunny Napkin Fold.   All you need is a little ribbon and some small pom poms from the craft store and you'll be all set for Easter dinner.     This fold … [Read more...]




The Easter Bunny’s Magic Compass

Welcome to the 139th Tablescape Thursday! With Easter only a few days away, I couldn't resist bringing out all the bunnies for a little Easter table setting. It was a beautiful day here and I almost put this table out on the porch but it ended up here in the breakfast room, instead.     Chrysanthemums make for a great springtime centerpiece.   I tucked a sweet … [Read more...]




Spring and Easter Inspiration for Your Decor

While we continue enjoying all the wonderful tablescapes linked for yesterdays Tablescape Thursday, I wanted to share a little spring and Easter decorating my friend, Cornelia has been doing. Cornelia lives in Switzerland and loves to collect exquisite pieces to decorate with for the seasons and holidays. I love how she used branches to display her collection of beautiful ornaments and Easter decor. … [Read more...]




Make a Greenhouse from Old Windows for Holiday Displays

Remember back around Christmas time when I took you shopping at the Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta, Georgia? C'mon...sure you do. Remember, you kept begging on the drive over to stop by the Dairy Queen to get a milkshake and I told you that we had to hurry and get to the Queen of Hearts before all the good stuff was gone. Ahhh, now you remember! Well, while we were there, we saw this: Yep, it's … [Read more...]




Easter Tablescape with Daffodil & Camellia Centerpiece

Welcome to the 85th Tablescape Thursday! Easter is behind us for another year, but I thought I'd share one of the tablescapes I did this year.   Centerpiece is just a basket I've had for years...filled to overflowing with the last of the spring camillas and daffodils. I layered pretty salad plates I received as a gift this past Christmas with cabbage plates from HomeGoods. … [Read more...]




Candlelight Easter Table Setting

Welcome to the 84th Tablescape Thursday! Tonight I'm delighted to share a beautiful Easter tablescape created by my good friend, Pinky who blogs at Designs by Pinky. The candles are all lit...come right on in and have a seat... Pinky created a centerpiece using beautiful faux tulips. She elevated them using a lovely cake plate...great idea for when you would like a little height in your … [Read more...]




Easter Tablescape with Bunny Centerpiece

Welcome to the 83rd Tablescape Thursday! I have two tablescapes going at the moment...one in the breakfast room and one out on the porch. They aren't quite ready for prime time, so tonight I thought I'd share a Spring tablescape I put together around this time last year. Spring/Easter Tablescape, 2009: Easter is just around the corner.  It was a gorgeous day the afternoon I put this tablescape … [Read more...]




Flower Cubes For a Summer Party

Summer is waning and fall is just around the corner. I can feel it the air when I'm out on the porch during these late summer evenings. Before long, at least here in the south, gardeners will be pouring into the nurseries in search of pansies for their annual beds. Pansies enjoy the cooler weather and if planted in early fall, they will put down good roots that will carry them through the colder temps we … [Read more...]




Easter or Spring Table Setting

Welcome to the 34th Tablescape Thursday! It is sooo pretty out today...why don't we have dinner out on the porch? We'll just keep our table simple with a little daisy arrangement and a few sweet bunnies. I'm a little excited today because I have some new china to share in this tablescape and it's has two of my fave colors in it: pink and green. I've always loved hot pink, and paired with green, … [Read more...]




Easter Table Setting with Egg Tree Centerpiece

The 33rd Tablescape Thursday! A little Easter tablescape... Closed the shutters a bit...so we could enjoy the candlelight. Happy Easter! :-) China is Ma Maison, designed by Dario Farrucci for Tabletops...bought it last summer at Home Goods...love that store! A view of the dinner plate... Chargers are from Neiman Marcus or Horchow...forgot which. I saw them again recently … [Read more...]




Easter Tablescape

Welcome to the 31st Tablescape Thursday! Easter is just around the corner so I've been playing in the dishes again... :-) It was a gorgeous day, the afternoon I put this tablescape together. I had the all the doors to the porch thrown open, and if you click on this pic, you'll see the sheers on the porch billowing in and out in the breezes. Oh, how I love such a day as this! The only thing … [Read more...]




Spring Fluffing…Just Getting Started…

I haven't done a lot of fluffing for spring just yet, but I did change the basket of flowers on my front door for a bit of fun! Come on up on the porch for a little closer view... Some spring time silliness! Found this wreath at Pier 1 right around Easter, two years ago... I'm getting sooo excited...you can really see spring popping out all over here in Georgia! Happy Spring Fluffing! … [Read more...]




A Plate for All Seasons

In my kitchen, I have a little plate holder that for years held a red and white "rooster" plate. A while back I decided to make it more than just a plate holder with a decorative plate...now it's a fun way to mark the changing of the seasons, as well. So when February rolls around, it's time to think about cupid... And as it get closer to Easter... Once Easter has past, it's time to … [Read more...]




A Springtime Table Setting with Ma Maison

Welcome to the 9th Tablescape Tuesday! My screened-in porch was finished in early spring. Just before the work was complete, I went on a serious shopping spree for "stuff" I would need for this new space. One of those items on my shopping list was china...something special for those summer dinners on the porch. One day while shopping in Home Goods, I found the china of my dreams. Let's just … [Read more...]