Thursday, March 31, 2011

April's Easter Table - Where is the Lamb?

Where is the Lamb?

April is here with some beautiful sunshine after a long, cold winter. I started April’s table with some Easter eggs from Tuesday Morning and candle ring and candles from Tai Pan Imports. I looked for a matching fabric to sew a table runner and finally found one I liked at Joann’s Fabrics. The bad news was it was an expensive Ralph Lauren fabric, but I had a 50% off coupon that made it good news. I sewed the table runner and fringed the ends then used two scraps left over to trim a matching napkin for the bread warmer.

This month I used a pale yellow table cloth and my versatile Arcoroc tableware with chocolate-colored chargers.  I had some clear turquoise-colored napkin rings and pale yellow napkins. I put the eggs in a pedestal fruit bowl with some raffia and placed a stuffed Easter bunny on the top. When I looked at the display, something was missing. Easter is a holiday to celebrate the most important event in the world, the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and there was nothing on the table to indicate the reason why I celebrate Easter. I decided to replace the Easter bunny with a lamb. After all, Jesus Christ was referred to as a lamb 27 times in the Book of Revelations by Saint John and not once as God’s little bunny! With that in mind, I went out shopping and could only find chicks, dogs, cats, pigs, horses and cow toys, but no lamb. Before the month is over, I hope to find the perfect lamb for my centerpiece.

I visited my children in San Diego and while there mentioned my quest for the perfect lamb. My granddaughter happily gave me one of her stuffed toys. Her unconditional love and generosity makes this the “perfect lamb.” Besides it is very white and cute!
The perfect Lamb.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Green, Green, Green for March

Green for Spring
In honor of my few Irish ancestors and St. Patrick’s Day, I chose greens as the theme for March’s table setting. All the St. Patrick Day decorations I saw were glittery and cheap looking, so I made these center decorations of lemons and greenery from a garland I purchased at Michaels.  I bought three different shades of green candles from Tai Pan Trading. For the middle candle I took a copper pot decorating a window sill in the kitchen, placed a glass candle holder in the opening and sat the candle on it so it would be higher than the other two candles. I put foil-covered chocolate coins around the base of the candle in the holder and scattered a few around the base of the pot on the table and added a leprechaun. The brown chargers pick up the color of stems in the candle greenery. I selected green napkins with a leaf pattern and green napkin rings. I sewed a green table runner and trimmed the ends with dangling gold coins to add to the "pot of gold" Theme.

One of my favorite table accessories is a basket with a cloth napkin and a pocket that holds a flat terra cotta stone. The stone is heated in a microwave or the oven and placed in the napkin pocket and it keeps rolls, bread or tortillas warm throughout the meal. I made a matching green napkin for the basket. I found several styles of these baskets on line. I bought my Keilen bread warmer and basket from and another one at T.J. Maxx.

Green, green, green is for spring.