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?
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