Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Easter Fun

Today, I am joining twenty other bloggers for a Spring/Easter Tablescape Blog Hop sponsored by Rita@Panoply.
Our weather has been beautiful, so I set the table in my garden for the blog hop. Join me as we celebrate spring and Easter.

Thank you, Rita, for all you do organizing the tablescape hops! You do a fabulous job. 
White hydrangeas accented with pink carnations were arranged in a vintage basket borrowed from a dear friend and placed on a pastel stripe napkin for the centerpiece.

Spring has arrived in south Alabama. The azaleas, dogwoods, spirea, flowering trees, and  Lady Banks roses are all blooming.
I wish you could all be here and enjoy the beautiful weather in my garden.
Can you see my Pink Ruffle azalea behind the table?
Grace Tea Ware scalloped bunny plates with pretty pastel colors was found at Home Goods. I knew when I saw the bunny plates they would match my Paula Deen aqua plates. I was thankful to find floral napkins at Home Goods too, that brought out all the colors in the plates. 

This is a close-up of the Nicole Miller floral napkin with a rattan napkin ring. The napkin ring found at a local gift shop tied all the natural elements of rattan, bamboo, and water hyacinth together. 

The sweet pastel hand-tooled real eggs carved with beautiful designs were a birthday gift last year. They are so delicate.

Here is a close-up of the intricately designed eggs. They were such a sweet gift. I placed them in egg cups in several photos.

Natural elements are a major theme unifying this tablescape. Water hyacinth placemats, rattan centerpiece basket, napkin rings, rattan liners for the glasses, and bamboo cutlery are all-natural elements that give great texture to this spring table.

Click here to view the video.

After several days, some of the flowers began to wane. I broke down the centerpiece arrangement and placed it in smaller vases on my kitchen table to enjoy it longer.

"Our Lord has written the promise of Resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime." Martin Luther.

It was the blue hour outside when I took this picture. I know you are wondering where I live because all our spring flowers arrived about two weeks early this year. Usually, in south Alabama, the azaleas open now and last until the end of the month. We had two weeks in late February and early March with highs in the 80s during the day, so everything bloomed earlier. The blooms are all gone now, and it has turned cooler. Monday night, it is forecast to be a low of 28. I guess this is the cool spell before Easter. Did you know the farmers say if the pecan trees have leafed out, there will not be any more cold weather? They have not leafed out yet. All my hydrangeas are full of leaves which is a concern. But, by Thursday, it is forecast to be a high of 80. 

Below, you will find the blogger's links to view their creative tablescapes. 
Home is Where the Boat Is - Cottontail Farms
Everyday Living - The Blessing of Easter
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - One Happy Bunny
Bleu Belle Interiors - Spring Brings Joy
Living With Thanksgiving - Easter Fun
Hyacinths for the Soul - Springtime Pleasures
Celebrating Everyday Life - How to Style an Elegant Easter Brunch Table
The Painted Apron - Carrots and Cottontails
My Thrift Store Addiction - Egg-cited for Spring Breakfast Table
Celebrate and Decorate - Spring Table Decor
Red Cottage Chronicles - Blue and White Tablescape for Spring
Thrifting Wonderland - Spring Forward Tablescape
Thank you for viewing my post today. I am grateful for your friendship and support. Reflecting on life's blessings, you are a great blessing to me. 
                                  Living thankfully,


  1. Bonnie, it's always a delight to see one of your table settings, and alfresco in your garden is even better. The flowers are gorgeous. Our spring is slower this year with on again off again cold weather. Currently it is back in the 30s and 40s. My patch of bluebonnets are in full bloom though, and the azaleas around town are in bloom. The hand tooled eggs are little treasures. Works of art!
    Wishing you a beautiful spring and a Happy Easter.

  2. Good Morning Bonnie, What a beautiful alfresco table you set by your azaleas! I love the basket centerpiece of hydrangeas, studded with pops of pink from your carnations. Your bunny plates were such a find to pair with your aqua plates. What a darling trio of eggs in their nests! I love how you broke down your arrangement into a smaller pitcher to enjoy. Have you tried Crowning Glory? I've had great success with hydrangeas lasting up to two weeks.

    We had a warmer than average February and early March, then Mother Nature decided winter wasn’t over, bringing us a couple of weeks of below freezing temperatures. We lost our spirea blooms and the leaves on all the Endless Summer Hydrangeas were burned. I’m afraid their buds were zapped too which means no blooms until late summer instead of May…*sniff*. I feel so bad for the peach farmers who lost their crops. As always, it’s a treat to join you at the table. Happy Spring to you. ♥

  3. Kari @ Me and My CaptainMarch 21, 2023 at 6:42 AM

    Good Morning Bonnie and what a lovely table you have in your garden. BTW...I liked your video too! It was 49 degrees when I got up and around this morning (my url was giving fits again so will have to go back to my theme designer for more work...sorry but when you go to my website...the post is there...oh well just the usual word press issues that seem to happen more frequently these days for me. LOL) Your flowers are so pretty and I like to try to keep them as fresh as possible and to multi-purpose them like you did was genius. Happy Easter my friend and much love and many Blessings.

  4. Weather is so odd this year. I'm hoping your hydrangeas make it. They're tougher than we think -- so unless you get ice you're probably OK but it's always a worry. Your table is just darling -- I love the wonderful color combo and all the sweet touches. Your centerpiece is spectacular and I'm such a sucker for those beautiful eggs. They are wonderfully made. Happy spring my friend. (Oh, to be able to dine outside for Easter! Not happening here!)

  5. Good morning, Bonnie. Your setting in your garden is just beautiful. The weather has been unpredictable, but we just enjoy the blooms until the frost bites them. The basket filled with white hydrangeas and the lovely pink carnations is stunning! Carnations don’t get their just due, I think they add their feminine frills for any floral arrangement. Your bunny plates are so pretty set against your Paula Deen aqua plates. The backdrop of azaleas add another element of beauty. Those eggs are amazing! If I remember correctly they were a gift from your daughter or daughter-in-law. It is always a joy to sit at one of your tables whether in your garden or dining room! Happy Spring!

  6. Oh Bonnie, this is so cute!! Your flower arrangement is beautiul with the blooming azeleas in the background! I love love the basket and all the natural elements you have used on this darling garden table, so perfect for this outdoor setting! The pastel hand tooled eggs and so unique and pretty in their little nests and the bunny plates are so sweet. I love the way you transistioned your outside table to inside, 2 for 1! Yes, Spring really did come early to Alabama this year, and I got spoiled with that early warm weather and have been miserable the past few days in the cold spell, can’t wait for warmer temps starting today! I wish you a lovely Spring & Easter!

  7. Bonnie, your garden is such a beautiful background for your lovely table. Love your flower arrangement and all the natural elements you used to blend with the outdoor setting. Spring has come early where you are in Alabama and here in South Carolina. Like you we had warm weather, freezing nights this week and then back into the 80's by the end of the week. Mother Nature is "topsy turvy" this year. the Bunny plates work really well with your other elements. Have a lovely Spring!

  8. Good morning Bonnie. What a beautiful table set in your garden. Your new bunny plates are perfect with your PD aqua plates. The hydrangeas and carnation centerpiece work’s beautiful with these plates. The natural elements are perfect. I always love your tables…simple elegance. The backdrop is beautiful. I also love your quote reminding us of nature’s promise of the resurrection. It has been so cold here. I really have no idea what will survive. Happy Spring Bonnie. Dianne Sharpe

  9. You are lucky you hit that window of pretty weather to set your beautiful table outside. Here on Oak Mountain it has been far too windy, and we just had freezes the past few days that has ruined our azaleas (the few that survived the Christmas deep freeze). I will have to live vicariously through you, Bonnie! Your table is so pretty, and I love all the details, right down to the tiny, delicate carved eggs. Your basket centerpiece is such a lovely idea. I also love the textures on your table: the rattan, water hyacinth, and bamboo are so nice for spring! The Nicole Miller napkins are my favorite because they look hand painted. Happy Spring, Sweet Bonnie!

  10. Hi Bonnie, your Easter table is so pretty and I love your bamboo flatware. It was fun to see how you styled your table outside and indoors--pinned!

  11. Bonnie, what a beautiful table, made even more so with being alfresco! I adore all the natural elements used (those napkin rings are unique!), and the Grace Teaware plates are such a pretty complement to the Paula Deen dinner plates. The florals, both the centerpiece and the napkins, are a nice contrast to the stripes at center. Those eggs - wow! I can't even imagine the skill it took for someone to carve those, and how careful you must be in storing them!
    Your landscape glimpses are beautiful. We've also had similar weather, and I'm hoping this morning's low 20s are the last! I've covered peony foliage that grew quite tall during those warm days in February and earlier March, but still have boxwoods that will need hard-trimmed from the arctic freeze Christmas week. I'm just glad my landscape is smaller, more manageable!
    Thank you for adding your beauty to this group of spring tablescapes. I appreciate your kind shout out, and your sense of style in tablescaping. Happy Spring!

  12. It is all so very pretty and full of Spring...New Life and Hope. Happy Tuesday sweet Bonnie. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  13. Bonnie, using natural elements throughout your tablescape creates the scene outside my window. Bare winter branches and rustling leaves are interspersed with new greenery and colorful buds peeking out. Your flowers are gorgeous (and in photo #3 the azalea looks like it's actually in your basket! And the plate stack and napkins are charming. Glad to hop with you today!

  14. Bonnie, what a lovely table you have set for spring and how fabulous that you were able to set it outside. Your flower arrangement in the vintage basket is gorgeous. Those sweet little bunny plates are a perfect match for your Paula Deen aqua dinner plates, and what a nice gift those carved eggs were! The natural elements in your table give such a spring vibe. I hope you don't get any more frost and you are able to enjoy your beautiful garden and all the flowers. Happy spring to you!

  15. I always love to visit when you set a table in your beautiful garden. The centerpiece, plates, eggs, napkins are lovely and certainly represent spring. I always love seeing the azaleas, budding and blooming. I do hope your hydrangeas will not be ruined if the farmer gets it right! It's chilly here but warmer temps on the way. Happy spring sweet friend.........

  16. Oh Bonnie, I can only be overjoyed about Spring just by viewing your gorgeous indoor and outdoor tablescape. I can only imagine what 80 degree weather might be like since we have so much snow that needs to melt here in Wisconsin. I thoroughly enjoy the beauty of Spring through yours and others tablescapes who live in warmer climate areas. Your floral centerpiece contrasting against the stunning azalea bush is breathtaking. Your pastel blue dinnerware with your bunny salad plates certainly add to the enchantment of Easter. The pastel eggs and bright floral napkins are captivating. Definitely, Spring and a pure joy to see. Happy Easter.

  17. Hi Bonnie! Your Easter table is quite beautiful! I love your Bunny PLates! And seeing it set up outside and inside was wonderful. The azaleas made me smile. We don't have them here in the Southwest so it reminds me of mine I had in Ohio. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful tablescape.

  18. Oh Bonnie, your outdoor table setting in front of your pink ruffle azalea is just stunning! I also love your hydrangea centerpiece with the pink carnations. Your bunny plates are perfect on your Paula Deen plates. What pretty tables for Easter both indoors and out!

  19. Bonnie, I am crushing on your gorgeous centrepiece! I love how the mini carnations are dancing above the pillowy blooms of the hydrangeas. The bunny plates were a great find, and look like they were made to match your Paula Deen plates. Those little delicate eggs are so pretty. Also really enjoy the bamboo handled flatware. I am always on the look out for something similar but have yet to find some I like!

  20. Bonnie, your table looks beautiful in this outdoor setting with your blooming azalea as the backdrop. Your centerpiece is wonderful with the bright carnations sprinkled amongst your hydrangeas.I love all the textures from the placemats, basket, flatware to the little nests

  21. Sorry Bonnie- I wasn’t quite done! But wanted to wish you a very blessed Easter and a beautiful Spring!! 🌷🌼🌱

  22. Hello, Bonnie!!! We just drove through Alabama last week on our way to and from Rosemary Beach, Florida, and I was quite envious of all the beautiful blooms I was seeing since we are still rather bare branches here in central Virginia... Your garden looks wonderful! Such an oasis!!! Your intricately carved eggs are so beautiful and I love the touches of Rattan! And those napkins you found did such a wonderful job pulling everything together!! My favorite part was your little video, though!! I truly loved walking around the table, I replayed it a few times! What a charming touch!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden and table! It gives me hope for Spring to keep making it's way further up through the states! ~Hugs~ Jennifer from CelebratingEverydayLife.com

  23. Bonnie, how lovely your table is for Easter! Those bunny plates are just so precious! The placemat of your table with the azalea blooming behind it is just perfect! It is always a joy to visit your yard and see how you have styled a table for the coming season or holiday like you have this one! I am glad the cold didn't damage any of your blooms! Spring is truly on its way again!

  24. Bonnie, I love how the azaleas in the background mimic the pink carnations in the centerpiece. Those bunny plates are just darling, and I love all of the rattan elements. It was nice hopping with you. Happy Spring!
    Rebecca (Zucchini Sisters)

  25. Bonnie, your garden makes such a stunning backdrop for your gorgeous spring table. The white hydrangeas accented by pink carnations placed in the vintage basket create such a beautiful centerpiece. The sweet bunny plates are precious on your table, and the floral napkins are such a pretty pairing. Happy spring, sweet friend Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

  26. Oh, you make me so anxious for warm weather and to dine al fresco! Adorable bunny plates on your pretty table! Happy spring!

  27. A beautiful table Bonnie with a gorgeous backdrop. Such a lovely centerpiece with hydrangeas and pink carnations in Rattan basket.. Love the sweet bunny plates. The natural elements are so pretty for spring. I love using rattan. Happy spring.


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