Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tablescape Thursday: A Vintage-Inspired Easter

He said to them, "Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom NEW treasures as well as OLD."
Matthew 13:52 (NIV)


As I was perusing a couple stores a little while back, I came across some vintage-like Easter postcards.  Although I loved them, at the time I didn't know how I could use them, so I chose not to purchase them. 

But a couple weeks ago, as I was thinking about how I wanted to decorate my table this Easter, it hit me that I could use them on my table. 
Why hadn't I thought of that before? 
So I ran back to the store to buy them all up, & to my dismay, they had sold out. 
(Am I the only one that does that?  Thinks about things too long, and then they're gone?!)

But now that I had this image in my head, I was determined to find something similar.  After a little looking, I came across some similar cards at a few other stores, just enough for the tablescape!

So my inspiration for this very pastel, vintage Easter tablescape came from the little postcards.

In this tablescape, the OLD is mixed with the NEW, as well as a few NEW items that look OLD.

I knew I wanted to keep things light, with vintage-like pastel colors, so I began with my go-to cream color tablecloth to set a neutral backdrop.

Next was the antique white wooden chargers, which although new, have a vintage look. 

I only have four circle chargers, so I used coordinating oval chargers on the ends.

I used the same dinnerware I used last Easter, choosing the yellow dinner plate & cream salad plate for four of the place settings.......

........and the green dinner plate & yellow salad plate for the ends.

Here's a closer look at the dinnerware:

Each place setting also received a cabbage plate.

In keeping with the "new mixed with vintage" feel, I chose to use my wedding goblets along side these small goblets that belonged to my grandmother.  I just love the square base!

Every since Pottery Barn came out with this antique silver flatware, I've absolutely loved it.  Knowing that it's vintage appeal would be perfect for this tablescape, I decided to buy myself an early birthday present!

The antique silver napkin ring/place card holder showcases a cream eyelet napkin surrounded by a soft pink napkin, which ties in with the pink centerpiece.
My handmade place cards, used in last year's table setting, are pulled out and used again. 
{Click here for place card tutorial & here to see last year's tablescape.}

A vintage postard, sitting on a small easel, a glittery egg, & a fresh flower adorn each place setting, while a small piece of chocolate, wrapped in vintage Easter paper, sits as a little treat for each guest.

The center of the table showcases this pale pink vintage "tree" {tutorial to come soon}, on which I displayed more postcards & glittery eggs with vintage scenes.

Here's how it looks from a few different angles.

Here are a few close ups.

On one side of the "tree" sits two shabby chic bird cages, while the other side holds a light teal bunny with a distressed "crackle" finish. 

{It was difficult to get a good shot of the whole table without distracting decor in the background.  I moved the decor off of my buffet to help a little!}

The larger birdcage holds a pink votive holder, used as a small flower vase, while the smaller birdcage houses more glittery eggs & shows off another postcard.

And as a bonus, here's a couple pics of my MIL's beautiful Easter table.

She used some of her Old Country Roses dinnerware.
And don't you just love the beautiful floral centerpiece she put together?

antique white chargers - Horchow
cream, yellow, & green dinnerware - Isabella & Chris Madden/JC Penney
cabbage plates - Williams Sonoma
flatware - Pottery Barn
silver rimmed goblets - Dillards
crystal goblets - vintage from my mama
silver napkin rings/place card holders - Z Gallerie (years ago)
pink napkin - Tuesday Morning
eyelet napkin - Pier 1

Thanks for stopping by. 

I'll be linking to the following blog parties:
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Featured Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspired Friday at Common Ground
Home Sweet Home Friday at The Charm of the Home
Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Hoo's Got Talent at Night Owl Crafting


  1. Hi Shae,
    what a beautiful easter table, loved all the soft pastel colors, and your place cards were so cute.
    loved the Easter tree, I used to make those when my children were young, picked up the tradition when we lived in Germany almost 40 years ago.
    Your MIL table was beautiful too. Her centerpc.
    look great with her dishes.
    Blessings, Nellie

  2. I LOVE the table and all your amazing dishes! I wouldnt have the courage to mix up all those dishes, but it looks soooo good! Maybe I will try it!
    Im your newest follower and I found you through between naps on the porch :)

  3. This is a beautifully creative table. Nothing too cute, just tasteful and lovely. Isn't it funny how we tablescapers see something that sparks an idea and then it just percolates. When we've cooked enough dinners and ironed enough shirts, all the while thinking about that perfect table, voila, there it is and THEN we have to find the perfect light to photograph. Oh, what a life!

  4. Hi Shae, I love your Easter table top and all the descriptions and great photos you posted.The dishes are gorgeous and chargers also. The antique inspired decor and postcards are lovely. I was given similar decorations and purchased some at a store that closed.The birdcages to napkins are all so pretty. You have wonderful style and very caring to make your guests feel special. The e mail subscription is great too and I hope others use it.Thank you, Emelia.

  5. Beautiful tablesetting, and i love the cards you used. I do this all the time, I'm trying to learn to get things when I see them. saves time later LOL!! Thanks for joining in for VIF! xo Debra

  6. The post cards, your egg tree, the darling birdcages, and your gorgeous textured plates works together to make the perfect setting for your Easter celebration. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Your MIL's table is marvelous, too. Cherry Kay

  7. Your table is just so lovely~ I love those sweet birdcages and pretty dishes and your tree centerpiece is so inspired! Thanks for sharing this at FNF! :)

  8. SHAE!!!! I love your easter treasures! My most fave though is your flatware! I think I will start asking for that now in hopes of getting it all someday!! I love that you are blogging about your "nest". What fun!

  9. What gorgeous tables! I love your urn, rabbit, cloches, chargers, and cabbage plates. Just a perfect Easter table. I also love your MIL's table because I love that Royal Albert pattern. Those gold chargers make it look so regal. Thanks for linking it up!

  10. Oh wow, such gorgeous tables. I love the egg tree and the dishes in the first table are such a beautiful assortment, love them all. The vintage cards with the flowers, birdcages and all of the accessories are stunning. Beautifully done. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  11. Both of these tables are just beautiful. I love the Easter tree in yours and all of the beautiful pastel shades. I love use of the embroidered material in your MIL's.

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  12. What a delightful Easter table you have created. May I say that your tablescape is worthy of a spread in a magazine? I love every aspect, but if I must pick one or two favorites, it would be the white charges and the napkins! I so love the napkins and just saw a Pier One flier showing white wooden charges that looks so nice. Your have gold touches and look more elegant, but I was going for a simplier look for myself so I did like Pier One....after seeing yours may have to stop in and see if I can hold out until they go on sale. Yes, I have waited too long many times. Usually, when that happens, I tell myself, the Lord simply did not want me to have whatever.....which is most likely true in my case, lol. The second beautiful table, what a stunning combo of using the Old Country Roses. Never seen them used like this and and again that tablescape, the centerpiece of flowers should be in a magazine also. Blessings!