Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Easter with Peter Rabbit

Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail . . .

. . . and Peter.

Peter Rabbit reminds me of everything that was wonderful about my children's childhood:  The innocence, the mischief, the simple pleasures.  Oh, Beatrix Potter!  How I've missed you!  

When I saw these salad plates, I instantly new they were coming home with me.  I didn't even care if my husband, who had come along, was silently judging me.  I love all the charming details on these plates.  The insects put me right over the edge, especially the bee.  I love little bees.  If next year they come out with Jemima Puddle-Duck or Benjamin Bunny plates, I'm going to be in trouble again!

Since the setting of the Peter Rabbit story takes place in the countryside, I pulled out my Wedgwood Nantucket dinner plates and coffee cups with the lovely basketweave pattern.  They are quickly becoming my favorite dishes. 

Of course, willow chargers and napkin rings seemed to fit right in as well . . .

Here's the bird's eye view of the table.  The table cover picks up the color of Peter's jacket, and the gingham pattern provides another sweet country touch.  Does the table feel a bit French to you?  Whenever I take one of those "What's Your Style" quizzes, I'm usually identified as Cape Cod, Country French and Traditional.  That sounds pretty accurate, actually.

I found the flowers at my local grocer, in the perfect colors to match the Peter Rabbit plates.  In fact, I took the plate with me when I went shopping for the flowers.  See those tiny daisies?  I just learned that they are called Fleabane Daisies.  Before they bloom, the petals are closed so tightly that one might suppose they are giant fleas, but then, when they open up you have a plethora of cuteness!

I set up a Bread and Butter Station on the kitchen counter.  Would you prefer a slice of the French Cheese Brioche Braid, or a Hot Cross Bun?  Or a jelly bean? 

You can't have Easter at our house without jelly beans!

The menu was very simple:  A traditional Spanish Omelette with Onions and Potatoes, by popular request. I added fresh berries and coffee; for dessert, my mom's Vanilla Pudding, which I forgot to photograph.  I hate when I do that!

It was a quiet day for us, as it was for most of the country, staying at home in order to keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy.  My most fervent prayer this Easter is that we get past this tragic chapter in our country's history, the overwhelming challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Be safe, dear ones!

Dinner Plates and Coffee Cups and Saucers - Nantucket by Wedgwood
Peter Rabbit Salad Plates - Williams-Sonoma
Juice Tumblers:  La Rochère Napoleon Bee
Flatware:  Napoleon Bee by Wallace
Gingham Table Cover:  Pottery Barn, Sky Blue
Napkins:  Williams-Sonoma, Bluebell
Chargers and Napkin Rings:  Pottery Barn, Honey Willow
Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail figurine:  No markings, bought in a vintage shop

Join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see some wonderful tables!


Bonnie said...

Maria, I felt your excitement about the darling Peter Rabbit plates. They are so very cute. I also relate to my children's childhood and wonderful memories. Have you seen the movie about Beatrix Potter? I think it is called Miss Potter. I promise you will like it.
Your table is delightful! Everything is perfect.
Take care and hopefully, this will not last much longer!
Thanks for your visit.

Pam Richardson said...

I love everything about your Peter Rabbit tablescape. I really debated on buying those WS salad plates, now I wished I had. My llittle granddaughter and I love Beatrix Potter’s lovely stories and illustrations. I ordered a couple of books that were delivered today about Beatrix Potter. I must tell you that the daisy fleabane grows wild here, they are really pretty flowers! Lovely table!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Absolutely adorable!! Love those dishes!! i see you are missing pictures too...Blogger is supposedly trying to fix the problem...
Thanks so much for stopping by!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

Crystal Grandeur said...

Hi Maria ... Sorry for my late reply. Thank you for stopping by and to like and comment for my Easter table. Well I am not a European but a Indian. I live in Sothern part of the country. My city is called Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu. Table styling is my hobby and i do conduct classes on that. I know Europeans keep the fork up side down and i did remembering it. Your table looks beautiful with pretty flowers. DO drop in. Tc stay safe. Love from India and me:)

Kim said...

Maria, I'm definitely late to the party, but this is an absolutely stunning tablescape. The flowers are beautiful, and the peter rabbit plates are sooo gorgeous. I love love the blue gingham tablecloth, Wow, everything is so pretty!