Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A White Easter Tablescape For Brunch in a Beach House By the Sea


When it comes to entertaining here at the Beach House, Easter time is a biggy.  The racing season has finally come to an end and I am no longer a sailing widow. The Sunday long brunch/lunch is happily reinstated and all seems right with the world.  This year I am thinking brunch, with French crepes to start.  Something eggy, I can shove into ramekins the night before and bake in the oven with ease, along side something else Mr Beach House can throw on the BBQ, to go with the eggs.  Do you see where I'm going here dear reader?  That's right, simple, scrumptious and very relaxed!!!!!


The table to fit with this simply put together feast, needs to be equally casual and easy on the budget.  I am proud to say this white Easter tablescape cost me not a brass razoo.  Even down to the scavenged plank, gracing the centre of the table.


I trimmed the buxus hedge, which currently has a beautifully fragrant white flower in bloom.  You know how smells bring back memories?  Well even though I adore the fragrance now, this one reminds me of nasty little girls.  Yes that's right!!!!  This flower is in bloom at just about the time that I decided, the very exclusive Sydney school for very polished girls, which I was sent to as a twelve year old, was not at all, where I wanted to be.  The school year begins in early February here in Australia and it must have been by about now in the school term, that I realised I did not like the company I was keeping.  This stuff was planted everywhere around those, looking back now, gorgeous school grounds and its fragrance so conjures up feelings of unhappiness and loneliness.


I begged my parents to withdraw me and send me to the local secondary school with all my friends, but they refused.  I went on to get over it and learn lots about how to deal with nasty girls, in addition to many other things.  I am now very grateful for the education they bent over backwards to furnish upon me.  I guess that's why the fragrance is quite tolerable to me these days, but memories are memories I guess.


But enough of that, today we are talking Easter Brunch by the sea.  Despite this, you won't see a shell or a piece of coral today ladies.  It's very easy to throw a few shells around on a white table cloth and call it a coastal table, but today we are going for a more subtle Beachy look.  I am using props such as beach towels, a little red, white and blue nautical stripe and an adirondak thrown in for good measure.


The plank of wood is an idea I first saw on pinterest, that absolute treasure trove of lusciousness.  But recently  the lovely  Chateau de Lille gathered some of those shots together in a post on rustic tables.



I love the idea of the plank under the tin flower pots.  It adds texture and is another beautiful grey on the table complmenting both the tin and the silver pieces.




The ribbon napkin ties, I cut from some left over gold medal party favours I had for a party I planned, with lots of fun races.  You know the kind, egg and spoon, sack and wheel barrow.  Sheer kiddo heaven.


At my Easter brunch there will also be bubbles and freshly brewed coffee


Any takers??  It's our last little hurrah before the cooler months will be upon us.  The water is lovely at this time of year and lets hope the beautiful weather continues.  Oh and I was wondering is there a fragrance that brings back memories for you?


And just to let you know that Google Friends connect is not working for me.  Thanks to all those are following that way but it is currently pointless.  I encourage you to follow on linky followers or via Twitter or Face Book.

Today I am partying here

36 comments :

  1. Oh my! What a beautiful tablescape. I can actually smell the warm ocean air looking at your photos!

    Jeanine

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  2. this is really beautiful carolyn!! love :)
    x

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  3. Very nice pictures. My husband is a sail boat racer only we call it a water widow, ha ha. Our season here in Canada has yet to start. About another month and a half. Cheers

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  4. Your tablescape is just wonderful. Love the plank with the pots on top. Really love that big wooden box next to your lounge chair. Great ideas!

    Nice to meet you.

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  5. Suweet! It's still pretty chilly here, but I might borrow some ideas for a summer get together here! Happy early Easter!

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  6. Table looks divine and Easter brunch sounds delicious! Are you sure it is buxus though? It looks very much like murraya paniculata, well that is what I thought it was called anyway! x

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    1. Well thanks for the heads up. You are probably right. I've always thought it was called buxus but I am certainly no expert. What I did find out is the blossoms only look fresh for one day as today they are a little shabby.
      Carolyn

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    2. Nor am I! Only reason I know this as our hedges are the same and that is what my Mum calls it. She is a garden person. What a shame the blossoms didn't last! x

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  7. Maybe instead of bubble and freshly brewed coffee, you should just have bubbles and brew! :)

    Brilliant Red Flowers

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  8. It's really beautiful Carolyn! For me the scent of Jasmine reminds me of my childhood, it used to climb all over the railings of our back deck :) xo K

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  9. It looks wonderful--so fresh and airy with the sun streaming in--just dreamy. TFS :)

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  10. How beautiful! I'm so glad I popped over to visit from White Wednesday.

    Hugs,
    Judy

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  11. oh, my God!!! How can you DO THAT??? It seems so SIMPLE, but I can't do it!
    I was laughing at pictures of the Orange Cake I made, but I had to post it!
    anyway, I will be checking on your blog forever for inspiration!
    For us here in Canada Spring is supposed to start on the 2st but we have had snow, hail, rain... and some sun too! The rain is inspiring me to bake!!!
    Check my post to see your cake...
    http://condensedlovehome.blogspot.ca/2012/03/flourless-orange-cake-and-apple-caramel.html

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  12. Your table looks wonderful. I've just visiting from Faded Charm
    :) jeanetteann

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  13. Holy Cow! that simple wood plank is pure genius and the white flowers...so pretty!

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  14. LOL at the comment about throwing a few shells on a tablecloth and calling it a coastal table :)

    Your table is gorgeous, and would look right at home in my backyard, which is nowhere by the beach, I can assure you.

    I'm sorry that you had unpleasant memories of school. :(

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  15. Found your blog via the Blog Hop. I’m your newest GFC follower!
    http://our-reflection.blogspot.com/

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  16. Beautiful! Obviously it is MUCH warmer than where I am!
    Gayle from Behind the gate

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  17. What a beautiful table...adore the potted white flowers - can almost smell the delicious scent, and the plank...brilliant!!

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  18. What time shall I show up for brunch? I love your version of beachy! The smell of pines and fishy water brings back the happiest times in my childhood. Following you on the Linky. ~ Maureen

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  19. Fab combination of textures: the wood, tin, silver! LOVE your table setting! Visiting from Gina's link party.
    Shannon
    (www.akadesign.ca)

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  20. This post brought tears to my eyes. Man...you're so right. Memories are memories. There are certain smells that bring to mind my days in elementary school where some of the girls were so mean. When I used to smell those smells it would make me physically sick. I have seen most of those girls since I've been an adult now, and they are all either drug addicts (recovering or current), alcoholics, or in otherwise bad situations. I guess the old saying "God don't like ugly" rings true. I've gone on to get over it all...sort of. I'm so sorry you had to experience all of that. I know EXACTLY how it feels. Your tablescape is beautiful! It gives your Mom's "Posh Lounge" a real run for its money! :-) I love all the details like the plank to raise the centerpiece elements. SO pretty!!! Have a wonderful weekend, Carolyn!

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  21. Gorgeous table~ love the wood in the center - so creative!! Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  22. SO lovely! Thanks so much for sharing at Shine on Fridays! And you're so right, scent is so tied into memories, isn't it?

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  23. i love the center piece it looks great, i would love for you to come and link it up at http://www.twiggstudios.com/2012/03/sunday-show-off-and-features.html

    thankyou so much xxxx

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  24. Love that centerpiece! It must be wonderful to have Easter outdoors! You could never plan on that here. I remember snow on some Easters and very warm on others here on Long Island.
    Have a blessed Easter!
    Here from Seasonal Sundays!

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  25. The beauty of white never fades. The centerpiece is lovely. So lucky to be near water. Happy pink spring!

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  26. Oh, how I love that plank on your "simple" table--what a difference it makes! I need to keep an eye out for an old board. :) Thanks for sharing! ~Zuni

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  27. This has to be one of my favourite tables you have done. Simple but classy. As for scents that evoke memories, I have two that come to mind. Cinnamon reminds me of Christmas and London and Lavender reminds me of my grandmothers house. Both wonderful memories. I hope you have a wonderful Easter Brunch and I cant wait to hear all the details after DP this week. :) xxx

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  28. Your Easter brunch table is so pretty. I'm loving that centerpiece with the wood plank and buckets full of greens. So simple, yet beautiful.
    Mary Alice

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  29. Your table is gorgeous! Happy Easter!

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  30. Gorgeous. I love the pairing of the rustic and the silver. What a fabulous tablescape. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  31. Uh, I wanna vacation right now in your backyard!! Simply gorgeous.

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  32. greenery in galvanised buckets-beautiful. i have a couple of large ones i might just dig out and play with now x

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  33. Beautiful!!! I would quite happily spend my afternoon lazing around that setting :)

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