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Woodland Easter Table w/ Purple Transferware

It doesn't seem like it should be Spring to me and Easter being in March this year makes it seem like it's here even faster!  I haven't posted many tablescapes lately but was so excited to create something when one of my sponsors sent me a set of 8 tree slice chargers to work with.

I have had my eye on these tree chargers for the looooooongest time, so when Kimberly Congdon, owner of Roxy Heart Vintage, sent me a box full of them I was more than excited to put them to use.  When I first came across these on Etsy, almost two years ago,  I thought they'd be so pretty paired with my brown Rural Scenes dishes or even my Spode Byron for a Fall tablescape but I couldn't wait that long to use them!

The chargers are all unique in size and shape from one another since they are cut from real fallen trees.  I love that!  Kimberly works with lots of brides for special weddings and will engrave and personalize your chargers if you wish.  I kind of wish that I'd had mine personalized because you could always flip them to the other side if you didn't want that to show...of course I had that great idea after I'd received them! 

(photo courtesy Roxy Heart Vintage)

I decided to use purple transferware for my Easter table and I went with Rural Scenes...just not the brown ones you all have seen me use before.

On top of each plate is a grapevine basket filled with paper mache' Easter eggs and silk flowers.

An estate sale find, these pastel pink, Damask napkins are placed inside hand made burlap covered napkin rings each adorned with a hand sculpted birds nest filled with Robin eggs.

French pressed glass tumblers by Luminarc in purple.  I don't see these very often but try Etsy or Ebay if you're looking for some....that's where I found mine.

My centerpiece was very easy to create with things around the house.  Well, mostly made from things around the house.  I asked Shawn to go on a walk today, and he kindly agreed, but when I pulled out the needle nose pliers he knew I had an ulterior motive.  Our mid day excursion was really a ploy to get him to cut some of these flowering branches off a tree in a nearby field to be used on the table.  He's still cursing in the next room, but who knows, he might of stubbed his toe (haha).  

  I don't know if these are Apple Blossom or not but they are so dainty, so pretty....
...I used these same kind of flowers, cut from the same tree in fact,  in a post last year that you may remember...The Poetry Game of 1898.   Pretty they may be, but they stink.  Literally.  They look like they would smell so fresh and flowery, but upon returning home with them I kept smelling something funky and when Jonah came upstairs and said it smelled like dead fish that confirmed it.    I wound up having to take them off the table and put them out on the back porch to get the smell out of the house!   I don't remember the stink last year when I used them. 
 I wondered why Shawn jumped in the shower so quickly  after we'd gotten back to the house, because he'd just taken one.  He'd cut the branches down and carried them for me so I guess the stench rubbed off on him!  Now you know why he's in there cursing! lol.  My sweet lumber-jack.

Oh well, back to the centerpiece...I thought the table needed a natural, woodsy look since I was using the tree chargers and grapevine baskets and wanted to keep with the 'natural' theme.

I laid out sheet moss and several branches of the flowering tree.  Tucked amidst the blooms and branches are garden bunnies with  weathered finishes and some over sized lavender colored Easter eggs.  That's it!

Now, I just need this huge tree slab cake stand, with an equally huge piece of cake, for Easter dessert...

Happy Spring, Happy Easter!

Kimberly Congdon

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  1. I love the wood slices for chargers and I would love to have 4 of those, where would I get them..they just add so much to the the look....

    1. Hi Phyllis,

      I love mine too!

      Here is Kimberly's contact info:

      Kimberly Congdon

      You can order from her Etsy shop or website! They are very reasonably priced!

  2. It's a very pretty Easter table and I like your woodsy elements. The purple transfer is dreamy and I've been able to snag a couple of pieces here and there even though my true love is blue and white . . . but there is just something about the purple!

  3. Beautiful table setting, Nancy! The woodland theme compliments the wood slice chargers perfectly.

  4. I have pinned these wood chargers in hopes that my husband can recreate them. I LOVE the feel they give a tablescape - you are a lucky duck for sure! Beautiful table from start to finish! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.

  5. Nancy- Your whole table looks gorgeous. What fun to add the rustic touch of those chargers to offset your fine china. I LOVE those tumblers. I have never seen any that color tumbler before and what a perfect match for the transferware! xo Diana

  6. Now that is very darling! Lovely way to use your "brown" pieces too and make them more springy!

  7. Nancy, this is a beautiful Easter table. I love the wood slab chargers for a rustic look and the vine baskets are adorable. The blossoms look like pin cherry trees to me. They grow wild in fallow fields and ditches. Happy spring and Happy Easter to you! Blessings, Pamela

  8. Nancy,

    The fishy smelling blooms were on a Bradford Pear tree. They are awful smelling, aren't they?

    I love the purple dishes and am craving some tree chargers.

    Have a great day,

  9. Your table looks so pretty, Nancy, and I love your new chargers. They are perfect for so many seasonal table vignettes. That's too bad about the smell of the apple blossom branches .. at least they look nice!

  10. What a wonderful nature statement the chargers make! I love that china pattern too. The garden motifs are so charming! Love the blossoms for the centerpiece. Sweet table for spring! Hope you're doing well!

  11. As always, your transferware is the star of the table, but I do love the chargers. I have been looking at some of those for a table that I want to do at Christmas (I know - a little early for that!!). Your centerpiece is lovely and the story about the flowers made me laugh. I have done something similar and it is not pleasant!

  12. I like it all, but especially the napkin rings- so cute!

  13. Wow! The entire vignette is just lovely! From the moss & flowers to the wood slab chargers...just perfect! And the story about your hubby has me laughing! Tell him we appreciate his contribution to the vignette! Catherine (new follower)

  14. Thanks for linking to "Open House" as those wood slabs are about as "GREEN" as any table setting could be!!!

  15. that is simply the prettiest table with all your goodies and the tree chargers. I adore them!

  16. Seriously...that is one of the funniest tablescaper stories I have EVER heard!!! (Or I guess that would be ever READ!) Oh, my gosh...that is hilarious! Poor Sean! He got sucker punched not once, but twice!!! The branches ARE beautiful, though, so it was worth the little stink it caused! :-) You created a great centerpiece with ease! The whole table looks beautiful, and I love the chargers. I have some that I finally broke down and bought about a year or so ago, and I love them. There's just no beating that great rustic feel they bring to the table. You may have to inscribe them yourself. They have those pens that heat up at the craft stores that you can use to do that. You've just planted that seed in my head to do my own that way and then just flip 'em over if I don't want that to show. Thanks! That's what I'm going to buy with my Michaels 40% off coupon! :-) Have a great weekend!

  17. Forgot to say how much I like those little baskets, too!!!! They're cute as can be!

  18. Nancy, it's so good to see a new post pop up on my sidebar. This table is sheer delight. I love the idea of using tree slab chargers and am happy for a resource. Of course your lavender dishes are stunning, and the centerpiece is charming. You set the best tables! Love those cute little baskets. I'm going to look for some of those. They add the perfect touch for a spring or Easter table. Thanks for sharing, and a thank you to Shawn for his contribution to the table. Happy Spring! ~ Sarah

  19. Oh, what a lovely table! So different from the usual Easter/spring table, yet so Easter/spring! :) It's just lovely, and how great that you were able to work those chargers in! Beautiful! ~Zuni

  20. Beautiful, Nancy! We have a big tree that has to come down, I wonder of the guy could make me some slices! I will ask!

  21. Soooo pretty, Nancy!! I love the woodland theme, and I'm already wild about rabbits so this look really speaks to me. Just lovely...Too bad about the stench, though; I wonder if an animal sprayed those branches. I don't recall apple blossoms having a bad smell when I've cut them in the past. Hmmm...Anyway, Happy Easter and thanks for sharing this beautiful look!

  22. Love this idea but are they treated in any way? or just naturale? Love the purple transferware. So happy you did a post..I miss your posts.

    1. Hi Maureen,

      They are treated with polyurethane. I think I will add a few more coats to mine though because it feels like it really must've soaked into the wood and I'm a little afraid of them being stained if some food spills on them so I think I'll do that!


  23. Gorgeous as usual, I don't know how you decorate such a gorgeous table, ( talent) and the right transferware dishes

  24. What a beautiful table and setting places. I love the darling little grapevine baskets, what a nice touch.


  25. I love the wood chargers. What a beautiful tablescape. I get so much inspiration from your blog for using my transferware (two china cabinets worth). Thanks so much for this beautiful post.

    Leslie Andren

  26. NANCY!! That is one of the prettiest Easter settings I have ever seen, totally dreamy. LOVE the colors and the way you tied it all together. I would love to include a few pictures on a musings post sometime soon of course with credit and links to your blog..this is truly breathtaking! Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Tina,

      You're welcome to use my pics! I'd be flattered to have them feature on your blog. Thank you!!!!


  27. I'm sitting here laughing so hard because I just went out and smelled my pear tree blooms!! Yours must be from a pear tree!!! THEY STINK!! But peach buds or apple are nice! BUT yours look BEAUTIFUL on that gorgeous table!!! Too bad...get some fakes!!! I especially love those purple transferware dishes!! And you did a perfect place setting with those wood unique! The baskets and bunnies and eggs...All are so cute and pretty!
    Thank you soooo much for joining me for my party this week!!!

  28. Your table is wonderful! Adore the bunny on the glass. The stems of flowers on moss runner looks wonderful with the charger and the basket. Your purple transferware is so pretty.

  29. Hi Nancy, I love the purple transferware and stemware! Beautiful tablescape.
    Thanks for joining the Open House Party.

  30. Nancy:

    I've missed your tablescapes! So great to see this one (perhaps you'll link to SEASONAL SUNDAYS?). Love the combination of the traditional transfer ware and the botanicals. Just beautiful.

    - The Tablescaper

  31. Hi Nancy,
    Oh my gosh I love the chargers! They are a must have. And I had no idea that there was purple transferware. Absolutely stunning! I love the natural theme with your chippy bunnies, moss and branches. Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup. I will be featuring you this week.
    p.s. I thought hubby jumped in the shower to wash the blood off of his stubbed toe. lol!

  32. Hi Fancy Nancy,
    What a FUN post! Lol I am still chuckling :-))))
    I love your table, as always. You and those chargers have inspired me! Hmmm...
    Happy Easter.
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  33. Just beautiful, as usual! Happy Easter.

  34. I's a beautiful table, Nancy! But the flowers are a Bradford Pear.... they are pretty and dainty looking, but awfully smelly. (I have one in my front yard.)


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