I'm a huge fan of a colorful table, and mixing old and new and different patterns is my jam. This year a lemon table cloth seemed appropriate because, well...#lemonade. Here's a very similar one that you can select in the specific size you need. I have used mine repeatedly for years, and it's perfect for Easter, Mother's Day, and casual summer barbeques. You can dress it up or down depending on the occasion.
With the table cloth as my jumping off point I started to layer in color and pattern. I love all things Jayes Studio and I've used these Bamboo Chargettes on repeat ever since they were released. I used both the pink and the white ones on my Easter table, and I added in another pattern with the buffalo check cachepots to hold beautiful fresh hydrangeas. TIP: I like to buy fresh potted plants instead of cut flowers sometimes as they last much longer and then we can plant them in the yard after we use them on the table.
I inherited my late grandmother's Noritake china, and it's a bit fancy for me. TIP: Mixing in bright and colorful elements modernizes this traditional pattern and is a great way to honor her when we sit down as a family. A few pieces have been lost during all of our moves around the world, but I've easily replaced them through Replacements Ltd. If you ever need to add to your china or find a missing piece, they are a great resource. I also added in vintage porcelain candlesticks and used a serving dish to hold all of our dyed eggs for a simple centerpiece. The hydrangeas were the real star of the show. The crystal glasses are from my own wedding registry, and mixing old and new is a very special way to celebrate holidays as a family.
I topped off our place settings with beautiful monogrammed linens from Charleston Cotton, in a bright and cheery green and yellow thread. Charleston Cotton is a locally female owned small business, and I love supporting her and showcasing her pretty linens.
TIP: When I'm in a pinch I also use these monogrammed ones (above left) as they are disposable. They are made of paper, but feel like soft linen! They will give you the same elegant look without the fuss. (Above right) My cute little easter chicks are sold out, but I found these that would be perfect as a center object at each place setting.
Now-- let's talk about the food! I'm a big fan of slow roasted dishes and make ahead Easy Easter Menu items. I love to serve pulled pork for Easter and BBQs as it's always a crowd pleaser and saves me from spending hours in the kitchen.
NO FAIL BBQ SLIDERS
My pulled pork BBQ recipe is tried and true (see below) and the best part is-- it's fail proof! The longer you cook it, the better it gets! TIP: I put ours in the oven at 8pm the night before so that the oven would be free in the morning to cook other items. Serve with all of your favorite sides: potato salad, baked beans, macaroni & cheese-- and you have a feast for kings!
Generously season Pork Butts with Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning.
Put 1/2"-1" of water in the bottom of a deep baking pan or dutch oven with lid.
Cook at 250 degrees in the oven for 8-10 hrs.
Meat should pull apart easily with a fork when it is done.
The longer it cooks, the more tender it gets!
Serve on potato rolls with your favorite BBQ sauce-- mine is Sweet Baby Ray's.
Making celebrations at home feel special lightens everyone's spirits, and my hope is that my kids remember this time as some of the best memories of their childhood.
Hope and love are not cancelled, and here's to celebrating at home while we #stayhome.
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