Birds and Bunnies

 Inspiration for this tablescape started with these napkins:
 Only $5.99 for four at Home Goods!

 Royal Albert likes to have their tag i.d. large, one inside and one right on top!

The floral pattern matches the new Royal Albert china, I think it is beautiful! I'm not buying any new china though! The napkins will have to do!

First I tried to use a pink tablecloth, but it just didn't work, so I had to get out my Battenburg lace 100% cotton tablecloth, and IRON it!! It has been ironed!
 The photos really do show up the wrinkles more than in person!

I used white (Dollar Tree) plates on a basketweave charger (which was originally gold, and I spray painted them, then rubbed on some thinned umber to bring out the weave pattern more.

The white bunny napkin rings are perfect! There's four different cute bunnies.

The one below has his paws over his ears!

I've had this pretty little ceramic birdhouse packed away for years, don't think I've ever used it. Now's the time! I think I bought it at Hobby Lobby, and forgot to use it.
Next I added the white ceramic basket filled with pink silk flowers and white bird and pink doily (both from Michael's.)

 Sweet centerpiece!

                                      Simple and sweet!

                                         The flatware is cream colored, I think it is from Ross.
 We have four more weeks until Easter, I hope to do a few more Easter tablescapes by then!

I'm linking to Susan's Tablescape Thursday and Alma's Seasonal Sundays. Click on their names for lots more inspiration.



Old Country Roses - Topiary

 As promised, I did a tablescape using my Old Country Roses (OCR) Topiary salad plates.

I have done several OCR tablescapes and used different colored tablecloths - burgundy, white, spring green, Here are a couple of old pics with those colors (not good quality tho.)

I have never used a gold tablecloth with them, so here you go - a gold tablecloth!

The gold-leafed chargers go well with the gold tablecloth. I've had them for years, they came from Pier 1. My daughters gave them to me and I've always loved them, they are ceramic, the metal ones hadn't started then!

The topiary plates come in two designs, this one with green in the border.

And this one with more burgundy in the border.

There's a third one, but the topiary is in the shape of a Christmas tree (see below:)

Since it's the Easter season I decided to use the OCR bunnies in the centerpiece.

How cute is this!  This OCR bunny is a teapot!

The two small OCR bunnies are salt and pepper shakers:

Miss Salty:

And Mr. Pepper:

I had this tablescape up for a while, even before we went on our recent vacation. That's why I used the gold tablecloth, since it was still cold weather and not spring yet! I ran out of time and didn't get it posted before we left for vacation. Then it was time to post the St. Pat's Day tablescape. Better late, than never!

Which is your favorite design? The green border?

Or more of the burgundy?

The napkins are by Royal Albert, the Old Country Roses design.

I really like them!

I'm linking to the following parties, thanks for hosting, ladies!

Susan's Tablescape Thursday
Alma's Seasonal
Click on their names to visit them.

 Take a seat, let's eat!

                    Or maybe you prefer this plate design:

How do you like the gold tablecloth with the Old Country Roses china? It really looks better in person!

 Have a great day!



Country Shamrocks

 I always enjoy joining Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish and today she is having her Irish Blog Crawl! Click on her name to join in the fun!

Inspiration for this tablescape started with this wooden shamrock banner:
 I have used it on this table and on a curtain valance, but this time I'm using it as part of the centerpiece on the table:

I'm calling it Country Shamrocks since they are gingham and dots. I decided to use a white lace tablecloth (since I've used my green one and my white Battenburg lace one in the past.) I also think the gingham and dots look neat with the lace.

I added my little collection of Irish lads and lassies, along with candles for the centerpiece:

A pretty little dancing lassie is in the center:

Cute Irish couples flank either side:

They are all from Michael's a few years ago. I didn't see any there this year.

The napkins are gingham and dotted fabric:

The foam shamrocks on the napkin rings are from Dollar Tree. The metal napkin rings are from World Market.

 The clear flatware is from Ross. The white plates, and "crystal" goblets from Dollar Tree, and the green chargers from Target.

I'm not Irish but I always enjoy decorating for St. Patrick's Day!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my Country Shamrocks tablescape.

I'm also linking to Susan's Tablescape Thursday and Alma's Seasonal Sundays. Thanks ladies for hosting! Click on their names for lots more inspiration.

A shamrock for you from this cute little Leprechaun!
 I also looked up a few cute tidbits about shamrocks:

A best friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.  ~Author Unknown

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

The word ‘charm’ comes from the French ‘charme’, which means song. Here is an ancient charm poem from Ireland that explains why a four-leaved shamrock is so lucky:
One leaf is for fame,
And one leaf is for wealth,
And one is for a faithful love,
And one to bring you glorious health.
According to legend, the leaves of a four-leaf clover represent hope, faith, and love, and God added another leaf for luck.

 What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover?  A rash of good luck! ~Author Unknown

Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don't want to press your luck.  ~Author Unknown


Happy St. Patrick's Day!