NEW KDHamptons Holiday Diary: My Easter Brunch Table Top Design
Growing up, Easter was a favorite family holiday of mine. My sister and I would wear our prettiest new dresses to church, and then we’d race home for the egg hunt that my Dad had hidden while my mom baked her Easter brunch menu: a ham with cloves and grilled pineapple, Yorkshire pudding, bacon & swiss quiche, cookies, pies, and more. My grandparents would come over, and my sister, brother, and I would battle each other playing canasta flying on the sugar high of our Easter baskets. Although I would readily still participate in an egg hunt, my focus now is more centered on decorating my Hamptons home and tabletop for the Easter season. Here are the details of the pretty palette I chose this year…
I like to include edible elements into my tabletop designs, especially ones for guests to take home. Topiaire Candy Shop on Jobs Lane in Southampton has the best selection of Easter candy on the East End: bunnies is every shape and size, peeps, mini eggs, and more. Placing a group of items under a cloche [bell jar] always adds an eye-catching element.
My collection of antique Dresden porcelain was the perfect fit for displaying colorful treats. This piece is actually a tray to hold your inkwell and writing accessories, I used the the inkwell as a bud vase. Instead of opting for one big centerpiece, I picked up big bunches of roses, tulips, and amaryllis at Topiaire Floral Boutique and made several pretty baby bouquets for the table, foyer, and baths. TIP: Place ranunculus blooms in warm water and they will beautifully unfold like a mille feuille pastry!I find most of my special linens on trips to visit my sister in Abu Dhabi. These floral garden placemats and napkins are from Zara Home, my decorative bunnies are from Williams Sonoma, and the rose colored Moroccan glasses are from Pottery Barn in Southampton. My entertaining style always includes a vintage element: The hand painted porcelain Deruta plates were found in Umbria with my sister, my collection of white milk glass bud vases was found at a Sag Harbor estate sale, and my gold flatware was passed down to my by one of Southampton’s greatest ladies, Mrs. Elsie Nelson.