For Easter Weekend, I like to entertain friends on Good Friday so that they have Easter Sunday with their family. A late brunch is my preference as then you have the rest of the afternoon and evening to have a pyjama day.
I chose varying shades of purple as for me that is an Easter colour . . . with a few additions, the flowers I had for last weekend are still lovely. This time I thought it would be nice to use my very dramatic china, Fitzgerald by Noritake. It reminds me of the rooms of malachite I spent some time in at the Winter Palace, and of course I love green.
This is the menu that I have chosen to serve this year.
Honey Almond Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
Salmon with Lemon & Capers
Swirled Pound Cake served with Whipped Cream & Fresh Strawberries
My husband’s sisters . .. twins, Barbara and Brenda have a February birthday. Seeing as how this was a milestone one . . . the big 70 . . . we must celebrate. When planning the table out I decided to take a break from red, which with the proximity to Valentine’s Day would be the go to colour, and chose to honour the birthstone colour for that month, amethyst. This was an easy choice for me, as it is one of my favourite colours and have lots of accessories that are in the purple family. I like purple so well that I think it goes with everything . . just like black!
As always, I set the table early to allow the creative juices to flow, formulate and change their mind! Happens often. Below are a few photos of what I put together. The china is Aynsley Golden Crocus . . . have always loved this pattern and just recently found 9 place settings . . . the charger plates came from Bowrings, the purple side plates and goblets are from Princess House, the gold flatware is Golden Artistry, the champagne flutes I have had for ages and were from Winners and so was the salad bowl. The vintage water pitcher have had for ages and cannot remember where I picked it up. The flowers are arranged in shaded purple epergne . . love it as it allows you to nicely tier florals. All of these treasures have resided in our home for a very long time, other than the Aynsley china which is a fairly new acquisition . . at a steal of a deal.
It always gives me a great deal of joy to spend an evening setting a table for guests as we gather around and break bread together.
The Royal Albert Country Rose china was a set I inherited from my Mom. It was always her wish that I should have it as it was started for her by her very good friend and my Godmother, Ruth Johns. Over the years it grew into the most spectacular tea set and then I added the plates to make it into a dinner service for occasions when red is the go to colour. The beautiful poinsetta salad/dessert plates were the special edition issue by Princess House for their Christmas line. Of course I HAD to have them. The other items that you see on the table are just part of my vast collection of china, silverware and accessories that I have been collecting since before I was married . . . . which is more than 45 years.