Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Buffet Decor

Do your Easter Day plans include a get-together for a casual morning brunch or a relaxed buffet-style dinner?  If so, this post might help inspire you to add a bit of decor to the buffet set-up.  Sure, you can just put out the plates and cutlery beside the food ...but what fun is that? :)






Just because you are not having a sit-down meal, doesn't mean the buffet area can't look festive.

Adding seasonal or occasion-themed items to a buffet backdrop makes it seem all the more special and inviting. 

When I serve buffet style, most of the food is placed on the kitchen island so this table is where guests pick up their plates, cutlery, glasses and napkins.

The plates were placed in burlap-covered baskets on either end of the table.

I was happy to use these new floral plates from Pier 1 that Mr Delight gave me for my recent birthday.

This adorable little lamb was also a recent gift. Just love him!

The flatware was put in mason jars inside these small burlap bags which are held in a wire basket.

Champagne flutes are ready to be filled with cranberry-orange mimosas!

These blue bowls are perfect for fruit salad.

The most pleasing look is achieved when the items in the display are arranged at gradually varying heights.

The items along the back were placed on top of sturdy platforms (like books, boxes, etc) which were covered with an additional tablecloth.

Now, let's look at some of the decorative elements placed around the practical items.

Did you notice this fellow hiding in the blossoms?

And next to the vase of blossoms, this Easter bunny is hopping in to say "hi".

This bunny couple are gathering eggs near the front of the display.

They are by Partylite from years ago but still remain one of my fav Easter decorations.

All of the bunnies have their eyes on the carrots I placed around the display for a pop of bright orange colour.

A birdhouse and...

...nest speak of springtime.

Pink pip berry garland was placed along the back of the plates in the basket.

Battery-operated lights were added for a soft glow.

Faux greenery was tucked in the bare spaces.

I know this display is probably a little over the top for most people but if you are hosting a buffet-style meal this Easter, you may want to try incorporating a few decorative touches to the area.  It will add to your guests' enjoyment of the occasion.

Here's a simple Easter Brunch menu:

Wishing you a Blessed and ...

Thanks for visiting!
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Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
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Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
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Celebrate Your Story at Celebrate & Decorate
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Home Matters at Life with Lorelai
Inspiration Gallery at Design,Dining, Diapers
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Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Palm Sunday Display

Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter and marks the beginning of Holy Week. On this day, we commemorate Jesus' arrival into Jerusalem when the people welcomed him by waving palm branches and laying them before him as he rode into the city on a donkey. (Matthew 21:1-9) 




During Lent and Holy Week, I like to have some reminders around our home of what the time leading up to Easter is truly about. 

 Thus, I created this Palm Sunday display in an area next to our front windows.

Faux palm branches were used as a backdrop and also arranged throughout the vignette.


I added a faux candle reflective of the celebratory nature of Palm Sunday.
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest!" Matthew 21:9

      "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life" John 8:12

I made a Palm Sunday sign using clip art in MS Word on my computer and put it in a frame.

Five days after welcoming Jesus, the same crowds shouted that he be crucified. 
But they kept shouting "Crucify him, crucify him"
Mark 15:13-15
The items inside this black lantern are symbolic of the events that happened later in Holy Week which include Jesus' arrest on Maundy Thursday and His crucifixion on Good Friday.

A small grapevine wreath on the cross represents the crown of thorns the soldiers placed on Jesus' head. 
And they twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head.  
Matthew 27:29 
Three nails at the foot of the cross inside the lantern represent those used to nail Jesus to the cross.  
Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were....John 20:25

A Bible, 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God   John 1:1
 a wreath of thorny branches (crown of thorns) and some faux palm branches were arranged next to the lantern.

Of course, the best way to reflect on the true meaning of Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter is to read about it in the Bible. 
Matthew Chapters 21 -28. 
Mark Chapters 11 - 16
Luke Chapters 19:28 - 24
John Chapters 12:12 - 21

I pray that God would grant you a blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week leading into the joyous occasion of Easter when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour.

Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time at Everyday Home
A Bouquet of Talent  at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home at Celebrating Everyday Life
Silver Pennies Sunday at Silver Pennies
Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story at Celebrate & Decorate
Brag About It Tuesday at My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Swing Into Spring at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Home Matters at Life with Lorelai
Inspiration Gallery at Design,Dining, Diapers
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pink & White Spring Tea for Two

Hi friends!
Would you care for a cuppa tea on this spring day? 
Come have a seat at my little table by the window. You can enjoy the soothing effects of the hot beverage while you take in the spring decor I've arranged there.


       Let me fill your cup.  

We can have a nice chat and catch up.  First though, let me point out some things about the pink and white Easter decor that serves as a backdrop to our conversation.




Some faux lamb's ear and spring blossoms were arranged in a white pitcher.

This bunny used to be hot pink years ago but he's got a new softer look with a few coats of paint.

Styrofoam eggs meant for craft purposes look good just as they are in this display.

A wire basket holds a faux boxwood ball, a tiny decorative floral plate as well as two styrofoam eggs.

An embossed white bunny plate from Pier 1 is set inside a pink wooden tote.


This pretty pillow was a birthday gift from my SiL last year.

I love the colourful spring flowers and birds on it.



I'm happy you were able to stop by and have a spot of tea with me. If you drop in again closer to Easter, there might be some baking for me to put out as well :)

I appreciate you playing along ;)
 I hope spring has sprung where you are.

Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time at Everyday Home
A Bouquet of Talent  at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home at Celebrating Everyday Life
Silver Pennies Sunday at Silver Pennies
Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story at Celebrate & Decorate
Brag About It Tuesday at My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Swing Into Spring at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Home Matters at Life with Lorelai
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage