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Celebrate With Kate {Spring Celebration Dessert Table}

Kate Landers Easter Table Decor Inspiration for Layla Grayce

Design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Spring Table Design Inspiration for Layla Grayce

Design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Easter Table Decor Inspiration for Layla Grayce

Design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Easter Tablescape Inspiration for Layla Grayce

Design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Spring Mother's Day Luncheon Inspiration for Layla Grayce

Design, styling and photography: Kate Landers

It’s Kate Landers here, excited to share with you a spring themed dessert table I was asked to design exclusively for Layla Grayce! I am completely smitten with the new Rosanna products, as well as a spectacular new line at Layla Grayce, Pip Studio. This theme and color scheme works beautifully for Easter, but also is perfect for baby & bridal showers, a birthday luncheon or Mother’s Day brunch. All the textures (from linen ruffles to ceramic hobnails) keep it fresh and current, while still maintaining a classic look.

DESIGN INSPIRATION: This dessert table was inspired by the stunning Pip Studio table cloth which features bird, butterfly, branch and floral silhouettes, in a fresh white, pale aqua and soft linen color scheme. Note how the gorgeous cookies, cake and cupcakes were all created to mimic these designs and are artfully displayed on Rosanna white cake stands and compotes.

BACKDROP: I’ve always adored the look of Pine Cone Hill Ruched Linen Platinum Pillow Shams, so I had Sweet Tea & Linen create a custom backdrop in a similar design to make this table feminine, romantic and oh-so-Layla Grayce. The best part is it will repurpose perfectly as a headboard or wall art to use at home all season long.

LAYLA GRAYCE PRODUCTS: Many times I find mixing products from different artisans creates a spectacular end result. For this dessert table, we used the gorgeous Pip Studio table cloth, as well as the following items from Rosanna to display our sweets: Les Petite Sweets Large Compote, Small Compote, Medium White Pedestal, 2 Small White Pedestals, Bon Bon White Footed Cake Stand, and a personal favorite I used for a vase: Les Cookies Jar (this cookie jar was absolutely perfect to show off our pretty ranunculus and tulips).

The great thing about these white Rosanna products is they mix beautifully with white platters I already have at home. I used mini cupcake stands and oval cookie platters from my personal collection to keep the budget in check, and it worked out beautifully.

DESSERTS: I absolutely love a beautiful cake as a centerpiece, and this one turned out to be simple yet stunning. The edible bird’s nest is beautiful on a clean white fondant covered cake. In addition to the cake, I had white coconut cupcakes topped with fondant robin’s eggs, coconut jellybeans, french macarons, and a personal favorite–custom decorated cookies! Check out the beautiful hand-iced bird silhouette cookies, a lovely match to the table cloth. The edible 3-dimensional white flowers on pale aqua cookies are almost too beautiful to eat! The butterflies, ruched swirls, and dainty floral designs all compliment each other, but varying shapes give them a bit of contrast.

PRINTED DETAILS: Everyone’s favorite striped paper straws were a must, and Loralee Lewis provided the most beautiful cream and white ones with coordinating straw flags. I recommend having them printed with the event date and name of the guest of honor. I also wanted some dessert signs to identify the different flavored cookies. I knew that with the romantic ruffled look and feel of the table, rosettes would be perfect. Loralee created stunning double-layer custom dessert tags that I could easily stand by each dessert, serving a purpose and adding style as well.

I kept everything minimalist for this table, wanting it to be a real source of inspiration for your spring event. Note that keeping all items on the table crisp and uniform in white makes them easy to reuse, such as re-purposing the cookie jar as a vase for fresh spring blooms. Will you be hosting an event this spring? I’d love to hear about it!

RESOURCE LIST

New For Spring: Rosanna Tabletop & A Giveaway!

Rosanna Spring 2012 Tabletop Decor
Rosanna Les Petite Sweets: Medium Compote, Small Compote, Cookie Jar, Large Compote, Square Compote

Rosanna Spring 2012 Tea Party Tabletop Decor
Rosanna Petite Patisserie: Serving Platter, Dessert Plates Set of Four, Cup and Saucer Set of Four

Rosanna Spring 2012 Wedding Tabletop Decor
Rosanna Etched Vase in: Blue, Pink, Green, Purple

Rosanna Cake Domes and Cake Stands for Tabletop
Rosanna White Pedestals with Optional Dome

Rosanna Spring 2012 Easter Tabletop Decor
Rosanna Les Petite Sweets Small Compote, Les Cookies Cookie Jar

Rosanna Spring 2012 Paris Tabletop Decor
Rosanna J’Adore Paris: Appetizer Plates Set of Four, Dipping Dish Set of Four

Rosanna Les Cookies Cookie JarWIN IT! Spring is on its way, and we have some of the prettiest new serving pieces, glassware and more from Rosanna. Tinted, etched glass vases for your centerpieces, delicate ceramic cups and dessert plates and our favorite “Les Petite Sweets” collection of white compotes are the perfect touch for your Easter table or any celebration. In fact we’re so sweet on these, we’re giving away a Rosanna “Les Cookies” Cookie Jar to a lucky winner! Enter to win by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page, telling us what your favorite dish is to make for the season. Enter by Tuesday 3/13/12 midnight EST – we’ll announce the winner on Wednesday! Good luck to all, and shop new Rosanna here.

Congrats to Sandra M., winner of our Rosanna cookie jar giveaway!

The Incredible Edible (And Artfully Decorated) Egg

Easter Eggs
Clockwise from top: Silhouette Easter Eggs by Le Papier Studio, Square-Patterned Eggs by Martha Stewart, Chalkboard Eggs by The Red Thread, Monogrammed Place Marker Egg as featured in Ladies’ Home Journal

Easter Eggs
Silhouette Easter Eggs by Le Papier Studio as featured on The Shopping Mama, Glittered Sticker Eggs by Martha Stewart

You’ve helped the kids create their own Easter eggs, now it’s time for mom to break out her mad crafting skills and blow everyone away at Easter brunch with eggs that are both functional (you CAN eat them after all) and decorative. Silhouette eggs nested together make for a charming accent placed at either end of the table, or bring a little sparkle in with glittered sticker eggs. Mark the place of each guest with their own monogrammed egg or jot a personalized message on a chalkboard egg. We’re also loving the idea of keeping little ones occupied during the meal by placing a few pieces of colored chalk tied with raffia beside their egg as a handy “blank canvas” to unleash their creativity on. Decorate, celebrate and eat up!

 

Not Just Eggs for Easter

Rhubarb white chocolate muffins
Whether it’s scrambling to tie bows and coif hair for picture perfect looks or kids heading straight from bed to nibbling on chocolate bunny ears, a frenetic pace seems the norm for Easter morning. We found this delish muffin recipe by Patricia Scarpin to bring method to the madness. Make ahead for a quick breakfast or as part of an eggs-stravagant brunch. If you’re like us and the last rhubarb you saw was in your grandmother’s garden, Patricia says they’re equally delicious substituting strawberries. And don’t forget to nominate Patricia’s blog Technicolor Kitchen for Saveur’s 2011 Food Blog Awards!

Rhubarb White Chocolate Muffins
(adapted from Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe)
Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • ~ 1 ½ cups + 1 ½ tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ~ ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ~ 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ~ pinch of salt
  • ~ 1 egg
  • ~ 1 egg yolk
  • ~ 2/3 cup caster (superfine) sugar
  • ~ ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • ~ ½ cup whole milk, room temperature
  • ~ ½ cup plain yogurt, room temperature
  • ~ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ~ 1 ¼ cup rhubarb, chopped
  • ~ ½ cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line twelve 1/3-cup capacity muffin pans with paper liners.*

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg and egg yolk with a fork. Add the sugar, butter, milk, yogurt and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Pour the liquid ingredients into the large bowl and mix lightly with a fork. Add the rhubarb and the white chocolate and mix, again with the fork – do not overmix the batter or you’ll end up with tough muffins.

Divide the batter among the prepared pans and bake for 15-18 minutes or until risen and golden – a skewer inserted in the center of a muffin should come out clean. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then carefully remove from the pan and transfer to the wire rack to cool completely.

* Paper liners make unmolding muffins much easier since white chocolate chips may stick to sides of the muffin pan.

photo and recipe adaptation: © Technicolor Kitchen

 

Easter Crafts With Kids

Easter crafts
Yarn Eggs from Family Fun Magazine, Easter Art Glittered with Crushed Egg Shells from Make and Takes, Bunny Finger Puppets from The Purl Bee

Easter treats
Bunny Pops from eighteen25, Fluffer Bunnies from Family Fun Magazine, Carrot Patch Cookies from Family Fun Magaazine

Bounce into the Easter season with some of the cutest craft ideas and treats for kids. Finger puppets and suspended yarn eggs are irresistibly adorable in pretty Spring colors, and we love the idea of repurposing eye dying duds, turning them into instant Easter egg glittered art pieces! Reward their efforts with mom-made bunny pops, hide fluffer bunnies about the house for little ones to find or let them create and dig in to their own sweet little carrot patch.

 

Sweeter Than Peter Cottontail – Blabla Bunnies Are Here

Blabla bunnies
Blabla bunnies

Sweeter than Peter Cottontail and guaranteed not to melt or cause kids to get all “hopped” up on sugar, Blabla bunnies are here! The hand knit colorful, cuddly characters are made from 100% cotton and are available in both mini and large sizes to fit any size Easter basket. Check out Balthazar, Mirabelle, Fleur and Pierre. These bunnies have lots of fun friends they hang with too. Shop the entire Blabla collection>