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April 23, 2014

Easter and Family Time

We had a pleasant visit with the family and the weather couldn't have been better for our Easter party. It was 70 degrees and the only rain we saw came later on Monday. 
 I used my mother's fine china (Mikasa Remembrance) and
some Easter colored paper napkins.  I forgot to bring my cloth ones.

I made up a center arrangement with things I brought down from my house and a couple of Mom's candlesticks

Mom used to be active in a ceramics class and made things like the bunny she gave me that I used in the garden cart.  I surrounded it with more rabbits and chicks and as you can see even my green matts that I used at home.

We live 250 miles north and it's too much for the whole family to come to my house so I come down for the holidays.

 I used faux eggs and seated this egg holder in a bed of excelsior in the woven nest. 

 I bought Mom some cut tulips.  I found this pitcher on the hutch and since it was covered in flowers I had to use it!


I set up a mini station for punch and snacks on Mom's tea cart.  I forgot to take a picture before anyone had started to use it. I used things from around her house. 

 A special surprise when one of my nephews showed up that we never get to see!
Greeted by everyone with big hugs!

 My niece Jess made a lamb cake and she stuck a Happy Birthday on it for me.
(It was an add-in per my daughter's request- my birthday was in March)
His little ears didn't show up much in the picture I took but it was cute!

Mom's living room is combined with the dining. We had the table extended fully so it uses some extra floor space.  My Mom's home stopped in time after my Dad passed in 1991.  Other than some paint and carpet things haven't changed much.

 I emptied the coffee table and re-did the layout. I added the runner and the lambs and put the grass and eggs in her crystal basket.  I staged all the candle holders around and selected a few of her blue and white decorative accents to add to the vignette.  She really liked the angle I created and the change with the candle holders so I think that might stick for a while. 

I did something similar for Easter a year ago.  You can see the link to that post "here"

On our way home we stopped in Frankenmuth, MI to have dinner at Zehnders.  This was a display at a water fountain that's not running just yet.

The whole town is set up with a Bavarian theme.

This is the restaurant. Famous for their family style chicken dinners.  You get so much food that you have more than enough for another meal from it with take-home.

These magnolia trees had started to bloom and the fragrance was wonderful!  The air was just right and you could smell them as you walked by.  What a perfect end to a nice warm and happy weekend!

I hope your Easter was great too- I sure needed it!  

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  1. What a beautiful table and I love your arrangements!!! And that cake is absolutely adorable!!! So nice that you could do that for your mother and I know she enjoyed having family all together. Did you have to come home and get some rest? Its hard work entertaining!!

  2. Isn't it wonderful to spend time with family. Then when an unexpected member shows up, it is so heart-warming. Beautiful table.

  3. Liz,
    Goodness, such a long drive to see family and then working the entire time you're there. . .
    sounds like my visits to my Dad's,dear friend!!!
    I love the tablescape you created "away from home"!!!
    The coffee table vignette is adorable!
    The best part of the traveling is being surrounded by those you love.
    "Mr. Ed" states that's when my energy is re~charged!!!
    Thank you for sharing your blessed Easter with us!

  4. Your mother has a lovely home. Even if stopped in the 90's (you could complaint if it had stopped in the 80's, 90's weren't that bad ahahahah) and I love how you make such a lovely party, full of details, when you're around. She's so lucky for having you.
    Everything looked lovely but my envy goes for her china dolls collection. WOW!
    Thank you for sharing, Liz. Much appreciated,

  5. What a beautiful celebration Liz. Everything looked perfect! Glad you had wonderful weather! It's been gorgeous the past couple of days. So happy that Winter is finally gone.

  6. How beautiful. Liz! It looks like you guys had a great family time!

  7. I am so glad your family could get together and make such wonderful memories. Your table is just beautiful, I adore the bunny centerpiece!

  8. Liz, I can feel the warmth of your family celebration. How wonderful that you could be with them. You did a beautiful job creating an Easter theme at someone else's home. Pure magic!! I love your mother's china and the rabbit that she created. That centerpiece is amazing!!

  9. What a special day you had, and I love how you transformed your mother's table and coffee table with your magic touches! The centerpiece is adorable, and so is that lamb cake! The fountain is great fun too!

  10. Sounds like a wonderful day! I LOVE your Mikasa china; I've never seen that pattern, but it is lovely. You did a terrific job of pulling everything together in your Mom's home. I'll bet she was pleased and grateful. Thank you for sharing. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  11. Looks so lovely. It's great you found so many wonderful items in your Mom's house to use. The bunny is so cute. Love your centerpiece and the individual bird's nests. How special is your Mom's china? That lamb cake is the so darling, I can see a little ear sticking out.I know it was a long drive, however is is most special to celebrate with loved ones.

  12. Great post! I love your mom's china! You sure did a lot to make it a good Easter, everything looks lovely. Love that fountain in town, so pretty!
    I am stealing that lamb cake idea for next Easter, it is adorable!!

  13. I too hunt around the house and use what we have to fit the occasion. My sister has the same china pattern. And this easter we used a lot of my mother's items. Its like she's still here when all her things are out.
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  14. Hi Liz, your pics are wonderful and looks like such a special time for Easter with your family. Love the table setting and the snack station. Your mom's china is gorgeous. The lamb cake is darling. I enjoyed seeing the Frankenmuth pics from Michigan. I was born and raised in Dearborn and haven't visited Frankenmuth in years. I would love to stop there when we are home again to visit family which is about once a year. Last time at Frankenmuth though was Christmas in the 90's. Wishing you a special season.

  15. What a gorgeous table setting!! And the coffee table was so pretty! Sounds like you had an amazing time!


  16. You are a good daughter, Liz. That was really sweet of you to pack up all that stuff to take it to your Mom's to create a pretty Easter table for everyone. You went the extra mile on that one.

    The tulips you bought are so, so pretty!!! They look like little doll faces!

    I know what you mean about the house stopping in time. I've been to several homes where that has been the case. My Mom went the complete opposite way and has changed the house to where some rooms are nearly unrecognizable. Ramon has already said that should I pass on, the house will stop in time including the laundry in the hamper!!! That's going a little TOO far! :-) I told him to be sure to sell all my tablescaping stuff, though. He has a list of people to email!!! Yes, you are DEFINITELY on that list! :-)

    Beautiful table, and I'm so glad your family had a wonderful time together, especially with the return of the prodigal nephew!

  17. What a beautiful table for spending Easter with family and an unexpected family member...how wonderful you got to do this at your mom's...you are a lovely daughter, I am like that too, I often take a tea party to her house for her school friends, lol!!
    I love your pretty dishes, thee bunny center´piece is great. Your entire homes looks gorgeous!
    Have a lovely weekend ahead, Pat.

  18. What a beautiful day that you helped create for your family! These memories will be cherished by all. Aww, so sweet to have this celebration at your mother's home and everything you touched looked beautiful!

  19. It looks like you have a beautiful Easter at your mom's home and perfect weather. The centerpiece you did is so cute, with the bunny in the wheelbarrow.I'll bet it brought a smile to everyone. Belated Happy Birthday, too.

  20. That china is gorgeous! Love your table.

  21. You did a beautiful job of decorating your mom's house. Glad you had such a nice time with family. Love your birthday cake.
    I had a wonderful Easter with family and friends.

  22. Looks like such a wonderful time with family and your table looked gorgeous.

  23. I am certain that your family so appreciated all of the wonderful Easter touches and decor you created to make your Easter dinner and gathering so very special.....so happy that you all had a great time and the table is beautiful...Such a gorgeous place to stop and have dinner!!

  24. What a wonderful dinner and table! That centerpiece has to be one of my favorite that I have seen this season. I just love the bunny in the garden cart and all of the little ones surrounding it!
    And that lamb cake - that is Lamb Chops in an edible version. I am dying to make that - what a darling cake. How fun to have such a wonderful get together. You are amazing!

  25. I don't know how I missed this before, Liz. That lamb cake is one of the cutest things I have ever seen! Seriously cute. It looks like you had a wonderful family time together. I can tell there is lots of love and laughter in the family. I think it is wonderful that everyone came together in your Mom's home. Happy Weekend, Liz- xo Diana


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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