Cherry Blossom Cottage Farmhouse Easter Table
Hello my sweet Foxes, I hope you are all faring well!! I had the joy and surprise of having my dear friend bring me a front porch drop-off of some fresh cut Cherry blossom branches… and while we won’t be having a traditional big family gathering for our Easter meal, it did prompt me to set the table for the three of us. Okay, technically I set four place settings. Because balance. haha. Who else does that?
Besides the fresh Cherry blossoms I had everything else on hand, and simply used what I had to create a very causal and relaxed Easter table. I had not planned to have fresh flowers, and let me tell you, this is such a treat!
Let me back up a bit, and fill you in on my dining room chair situation.
I don’t know if you recall… but I sold my cane back chairs on a whim right after Christmas. A friend of a friend was looking for that exact style, and the sale happened very quickly, that same day. I knew we had a few chairs out in our shop, and I’ve always got extras orbiting around the house and down at The Little Cottage, so I was fine letting them go. It meant a new chair adventure could begin for me!
I’ve got a style that I love and have wanted for a few years, but the $500 a chair price makes them a “never gonna happen” reality. Which is fine. I’m used to having taste I can’t afford, plus it often leads to happy surprises! Fast forward a bit, and a live edge Maple slab bench that Jim had made wasn’t selling at a local shop, so we ran to pick it up.
Lucky me! It landed right here in our dining room when we brought it home.
It’s where I’ve been sitting when I paint and it’s been perfect! It’s incredibly solid, and so beautiful. The wood grain on this Maple is really gorgeous too. I don’t know how long it’ll be here at the farm table… two months, two years? I stopped even pretending to know. But for now it’s a happy seat at our table, and I’m thankful that I don’t have to deal with the time and expense of looking for replacements (I like AND can afford), because that’s a hard combo. I’m sure you can relate.
In typical “me” fashion, I took way, way too many photos of our Easter table. So my apologies in advance.
We haven’t seen the sun much, but it was shining on this day, and I think I got over-excited.
When I see tables with elaborate centerpieces, full of lush florals and dripping with candles, I love them! When I create a table, I feel like I have this factory setting that defaults to a simple centerpiece and cleaner lines. I’m sure budget (and availability) has got a bit to do with that, but it seems to be more me to go casual, and easy.
So I just did me:
- A white ruffled linen table runner
- Matching linen napkins
- DIY napkin rings
- A rope wrapped vase
- Free/foraged florals (gifted)
- A wee chick
- Simple wine glasses
- Inexpensive matte gold flatware
- Casual rattan chargers (kind of new, I bought them in January)
- Forever-ago bought diner plates
- Pottery Barn bunny plates (I bought them on clearance)
The napkin rings were a quick marriage of a set of Target Dollar Spot rings in an off-gold, and some jute twine. I simply wound it around the surface, and used a dot of hot glue to secure it in the back, where the metal had a natural seam.
As I was setting the table, I thought “gosh I wish I had some open weave wicker napkin rings”, wouldn’t that be perfect. And since I was pretty sure they weren’t going to magically appear, I did the next best thing. Quickly and easily. I did entertain the thought of trying to make some with twine and starch… but I didn’t have any starch. And who am I kidding… that would not have turned out well and I needed them fast. This gave me the texture I was wanting, and it actually plays well with the rope wrapped vase. Good enough!
Possibly discounting Christmas, even my mantels have become more and more simple over the last few years… I find myself wanting them much calmer. And I feel like since we did the shiplap wall over the fireplace [click here] and it’s got more texture standing alone, I can finally get away with it, without it feeling too stark or bare.
Just interrupting here to share two words — “Slow & Steady”
For most of us, it takes time & money to do all the projects we want to in our homes. And that is OKAY! I know with all the renovation shows, and let’s face it, social media, it can feel like everywhere you look… the houses are perfect and done. But that’s not the majority. Take us for example — we’ve been in our house since 2006 and you’ve seen how it’s evolved a little bit and a little project at a time. So keep making those lists, prioritizing and adjusting. The JOY is in the journey after all!
Anticipation can be nice too.
I fell hard for the bunny plates at Pottery Barn a few years ago, but the very cheap me. Sorry mom, “frugal” me, couldn’t get comfortable with the price. But after Easter, they went on clearance, and I indulged. And I waited. A whole year to use them! And it was worth it the, and every year since. I just love their little bunny faces so much!!!!
Also still veeerry much in love with my living room situation [for dream furniture details, click here]. Although… with my montly Better Homes & Gardens gig, things move quick around here, and I’ll have a fun refresh to share soon! With ONLY online purchases being used and showcased, with zero “in store” only things to tempt us.
That about does it for me Foxes! Goodbye for now, from our Cherry blossom cottage farmhouse Easter table.
Okay, I’m stopping now… I took way, way… too many pictures!
A wee bit from my heart before I sign off. I just have to say, that over the years, there have been many times I was thankful to be able to work from home. When Austin was young, and I was able to be available to him to go on every field trip and work in the classroom. When he was in Jr High and High school, and I never had to miss a band concert or performance… to this last year with my knee, and being able to work at a snails pace (no offence to snails). But with the current climate, it’s taken on a whole new level of thankful! That I am still working when so many are not, is something I will never take for granted. My job allows me to not only help my family, but to help others. And it allows my hands and mind to stay busy… and I’ve been so grateful that I can offer even a sliver of happy distraction to you!
Wishing you a safe, happy, healthy and very blessed Easter my friends!! xo Shan