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March 29, 2016

Easter Celebrating with Family

Last Friday I loaded up a couple of boxes full of some of my Easter decorations and foodie items and we headed downstate to my Mom's for Easter.

The day before was my birthday and my friend Linda from "Life and Linda" had sent me this centerpiece arrangement so I held it up for a picture.  Thank you again Linda!

 A visit to my Mom's has to include going to my favorite garden center on Saturday.  The temps were comfortable with plenty of sunshine too!  This was a display near the entrance with pansies and forsythia shrubs ready to burst with color!  That's a weeping pussy willow on the right.

I picked up two Easter Lilies for my Mom.   I made that Bunny arrangement on the stereo cabinet for Mom several years ago.  She keeps it out year round.

Flowers for Mom "post"

That evening Dan and I had dinner at a favorite Italian restaurant and topped it off with a cream cheese cake that they caramelized and it reminded me of Creme Brûlée.

We went outside and were greeted to a beautiful evening- just a tad crisp but the air felt clear and refreshing.  The evening sky was gorgeous and I got a chance to visit Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn.  

Easter morning I was up and at it early.  I made the potato salad and had it in the fridge before 9 a.m.  This year our plan was for baked beans, potato salad, mandarin salad, a fresh vege plate, dinner rolls, punch and dessert.  

 I set up the dining table with an arrangement of things I brought from home.  Some of you who follow me may remember the little baskets I put together as shown "here".  They ended up working quite well for the arrangement.

I had this combo of yellow and deep pink colors in mind for my color scheme.  On a return trip to Pier 1 I spotted these paper plates and napkins and decided to use them since they had the right colors too.

A while back I spotted this egg platter at T.J. Maxx.  My niece always makes deviled eggs so we loaded it with them when she arrived.

I also discovered these cute little carrots at Pier 1.  I placed them around on each layer with the bunnies.

 I also picked up these decorated eggs and ended up hanging them on the different tiers of the display stand.

The candle votives came from Pier 1 a couple of years ago and Mr. Bunny with the cart was also from a few years back.

After I took these pictures I added more place settings but I had to add green placemats and different white plates.  We had 10 at the table and 4 more sitting elsewhere with tv trays.

My niece Katie and her daughter Audra.  She's the only little one in the family right now and she's a little darling!  

I use the kitchen table for buffet serving.  This was a bit before all the rest of the food arrived and was placed.  I brought 2 dozen frosted butter cookies that were gobbled up quickly.  Everyone was hungry and one of my sister's is notoriously late so we were hungry!  She recently had knee surgery so we couldn't complain.

There was a misunderstanding and two of us made potato salad.  My niece (who's our jokester) quickly tossed together this "Make Potato Salad Great Again - You decide A or B" voting ballot.  LOL… Let's just say there was a lot of leftover potato salad!

Sister Jen made this cake up.  I believe she saw the image on Pinterest and used the inspiration for hers. It was a homemade double chocolate cake and delicious!

Can you see the little yellow easter bunnies on the left and right.  They're made of butter!  I saw them at the store and brought them along too.  

A candid shot at the table later on.  John, Jen and Donna

A few minutes after I finished eating I went to help in the kitchen and the front panel of the silverware drawer fell off and landed on my big toe.  It was a bizarre moment and made for a strange end to the day.  Sorry my feet aren't delicate and groomed!  I am very lucky it didn't break the toe.  It landed at the edge of the nail and left a gash but it's going to be ok.

Monday morning I put the table back together like it normally is.  I left the baskets down with Mom.  It's good to be back home but now I have to package up the Easter decorations.  Time to pay homage to spring!



  1. Wow, Liz, what a busy lovely Easter you enjoyed with family! I'm so sorry it ended with an accident to you. I hope your toe is feeling better! Your table decor is lovely. There is so much thought and love put into your table scapes. Enjoy your day and I hope you have your feet up! ♥

  2. Such a great Easter celebration. It was so nice of you to bring your Easter supplies. Everything looks lovely. The food is awesome. So sorry to hear about your toe incident. It was my pleasure to send you the pretty floral display. I know you will put it good use. Hugs

  3. Your table looks so pretty! I have to say that your sister's chocolate cake looks great too. Ouch! Things that hit anywhere on the foot are painful. I hope it is better by now. Sheila

  4. You certainly had a wonderful Easter Liz and your house looks lovely, and the food looks amazing! I'm sorry it didn't end up so well, but at least it wasn't a mayor accident.
    I love the floral display from dear Linda for your birthday just the day before. Your great-niece is a cutie!

  5. You are such a lovely and caring soul, Liz.
    This post makes my heart swell. It's good to know you and have you sharing so much beauty and love, in words, things...
    Happy Easter!

  6. Happy birthday, and a lovely centerpiece. So nice to make a bright and cheerful day for your mom, I'm sure it made her very happy. Sorry about your big toe!

  7. Looks like you all had a fun Easter. I like your hair more blonde, it really suits you. Sorry about your toe, not fun. :(
    I love, love that egg platter and your springy touches on the table. The little one is so adorable! Who won the contest!? ;)

  8. Belated happy birthday LIZ!!!! Your Easter seemed really fun especially with all the beautiful stuff your brought to the party!

  9. Such a pretty table and centerpiece Liz! Your tiered stand is ideal for bunnies, eggs and carrots and I love those adorable baskets. I had a chuckle over the voting ballot and "make potato salad great again" and I love that cake with the bunny butt! I hope you toe is on the mend. :)

  10. Looks like you had a wonderful Easter. I hope your toe heals soon. I know how painful that can be. Take care, Maria

  11. Looks like a fun day Liz, and I love the "make the potato salad great again!" So sweet of you to tote your cute decor to your mom's for the party, and Happy Birthday! Love the little baskets you made, and the pretty pink plates and napkins you found

  12. Oh Liz, you are the BEST to take all yor Easter supplies to your Mom's! The table looked beautiful and I LOVE that centerpiece tiered piece! Where did you get that? I also love the piece that Linda sent!!! Happy belated birthday!!! Glad you had such a wonderful Easter!

  13. Everything looks amazing. I am sure you had a joyful time. You are so talented. Family is the best! Gorgeous flowers from Linda! She is a great woman. Wishing you all the best

  14. This is a heart warming event. I remember similar doings before my Mom went to assisted living. It's a labor of love. So sorry about your toe "ouch!" But now you can have an excuse to get a pedicure. I have only done that once but did like looking at them while they were painted pretty coral colored.

  15. Liz,
    I so enjoyed this post and all of it's Easter beauty, family time, shopping, good and pretty food. But I am so sorry about your toe, I hope that it is feeling better by now.
    Your niece is precious, she reminds me of a little princess that would live in a magical garden.
    You surely found and brought some beautiful items to make this Easter table so special and I just know that your Mom was thrilled to have her home filled with loving family. I think I purchased those same carrots from pier 1 this year.
    We had a similiar meal to yours for our Palm Sunday celebration and it was a hit with everyone too.
    Good to see you here Liz, thanks so much for joining us on Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!
    Oh, the arrangement that Linda sent you is beautiful, she is the sweetest Lady:)

  16. What a wonderful family gathering you had - and happy belated birthday! I love that egg plate you found at TJM. Your center collection of bunnies and carrots is adorable with your place settings. So sorry about your toe! It sounds painful, and I hope it's getting better.


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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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