Easter at the Friendly Village (It’s a Woman’s Prerogative to Change Her Mind)


I had a completely different tablescape in mind earlier today, but when I finally got around to doing the table, I totally changed my mind. Does that ever happen to any of you other tablescapers out there? Lately it seems to be happening me a lot. I also hadn’t really planned to do an Easter table quite yet, but, as you can see, I changed my mind about that, too. I will eventually do the table that I originally had planned plus maybe even another Easter table as well, so I decided that it would be ok to start Easter décor a little early.


Does Easter have to be all pastels and soft colors? When I spied my Peter’s Pottery rabbits this morning, I thought that I really wanted to feature them on a table. Those rabbits would look better with earthy colors, so I thought of The Friendly Village. Why not? Surely the inhabitants of The Friendly Village celebrate Easter!


I chose the square salad plates for the top layer and decided to put my spring green napkin between the two plates. I purchased these from The Napkin Lady a while back, and I think that the color is perfect for both spring and lightening up the neutral colors of the china.


Then I topped off the plate stack with this great little bowl. It is a raised rabbit and carrot design in a cabbage leaf. I just love this little set of bowls. They will be great for soup or salad. My mother-in-law found them at a garage sale a while back, and I have been anxiously awaiting a good time to showcase them. Well, today’s the day! I think they look really good with the neutral colors of the plates.


I still have a few blooms in my yard, and, of course, I wanted to use them as well. I counted all of the bouquets in my last few posts and this is number 21! That’s right; I have used 21 bouquets of flowers in my recent décor. After the 9 vases that I filled last week, I can finally tell that there are fewer blooms in my yard. I do still have some blooming, however. I predict a good 3 or 4 more bouquets before they are spent. Anyway, I stuck the flowers that I picked today in the Friendly Village teapot, and I love how bright and cheerful they are.


I had two extra napkins and decided to use them as a table runner. I wanted the green to stand out against the white, plus I liked the green color as a back drop to the pottery.


My Peter’s Pottery rabbits look great on the green, and they are flanking a cute little Easter plate, another yard sale find that my mother-in-law gave me.


On the other side of the bouquet is my Peter’s Pottery covered candy dish and a couple of larger rabbits. My husband gave me these years ago at Easter, and I think they are probably the ones that started the rabbit collection.


To finish out the place setting, I chose my Present Time flatware since this is a casual table. I used my green Dollar General glasses and the flower-power tumblers were a yard sale find back when I first started tablescaping. I thought the neutral colors and retro design were fun for this table.


So this is my first Easter table for 2014, and I am quite pleased with it.


I have a couple of updates on my flea market sales. I took the Jade Moon dishes up there a week or so ago. When I went to work last Saturday, I noticed that they had sold. I looked up my account on the computer, and they had sold the afternoon after I had taken them up there that morning. Wow! I never expected them to sell that quickly.


While I was working on Saturday, a young couple bought another set of dishes from my booth. It was a partial set that I had actually put up there last spring, but it had never sold. Finally, I took it home in the fall and just put it back out about a month ago. I reduced the price because I was so ready to get rid of it. They were thrilled with it and glad to snap it up at that price, which was still a profit for me, just a smaller one than I had originally hoped.


It is quite unusual for me to sell 2 sets in a week, so I am really stoked about it. I have 3 other sets in my booth right now, 2 of which have been sitting there for a while, plus some extra plates. I am hoping that my streak continues and that these will sell soon!


My last update for you is about my Antiques Appraisal class. I received my second test today, another 100! I am so happy. We leave Friday to head up to TN to visit my son and his wife. My parents are going with us. I hope that everyone has a great weekend and that you get to visit your friends and family as well!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at Sunny Simple Life, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters,Open House Party at No Minimalist HereTime Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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26 Responses to Easter at the Friendly Village (It’s a Woman’s Prerogative to Change Her Mind)

  1. vickyhunt says:

    So funny….I just sent you an e-mail and after it sent, I saw that you had a new post up! Yay…:) I am loving your earhty colored Easter table. I mean I really love it! The browns and green just works so well. Your bunnies are so pretty and are perfect as the centerpiece. And I had asked in the e-mail but I see you still have daffodils. I bet your yard was just gorgeous! The envy of the neighbors I’m sure…:) Congratulations on the test…you are doing awesome! Have a safe and lovely trip to visit your son and daughter-in-law.

    Blessings, Vicky

  2. Rosie says:

    Your table is so pretty. I have Friendly Village as well and am happy to see how well it looks with green napkins! I LOVE your teapot and especially love how it showcases your beautiful daffodils! Well done, Bev. Have a safe trip! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  3. Zenda says:

    Pretty table, Bev! I love your Friendly Village setting with your bunnies and daffodils!! Very springy! Great job on your sales and your test! Enjoy your trip this weekend, too.

  4. Absolutely have changed my mind at the last minute giggle. Lovely tablescape my friend. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

  5. LaVoice says:

    I change my mind often, but not on table settings. I never got into that. I just eat on a plate and move on. I do enjoy seeing what others create.

  6. plutrell says:

    This is very pretty and different…I love what you have done! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

  7. I change my mind all the time! I love your Friendly Village dishes and those bunnies are so cute. I think you can set a table any way you want too! You did a great job. Happy Spring!
    Blessings My Friend,

  8. So attractive Bev! And yes, sometimes my tables just create themselves and they usually turn out to be my favorites~ I love your Peter’s pottery rabbits, I just recently became familiar with Peter’s Pottery when a friend’s son registered for it for his wedding, stunning stuff! You were so right to pair it with those dishes and keep things earthy and neutral~so pretty!

  9. Jennifer says:

    I love how you mixed some winter with spring!

  10. Wow! Congratulations on such a big week! 100% on your test, huh? Somebody has been putting their nose to the grindstone and really studying!!! Hooray for you! And hooray for selling TWO sets of dishes! That had to feel good!!!

    You’re right…Easter doesn’t necessarily have to be all about pastels and sweetness and light. With this Friendly Village dishware, a different kind of Easter decor comes to mind…like from a fairy tale or a Beatrix Potter book! In fact, that’s the exact look I’m going for this Easter!!! I may or may not accomplish it, but it’s worth a go. I love the look! I don’t have the Friendly Village dishes, so it might be a miss on my part. You did a good job in utilizing them here!

    Best wishes for continued success in your appraisal classes and your booth!!! Have a great weekend!

  11. laurie says:

    Yippee! You can buy more dishes now that you’ve sold some! Your table looks so pretty. I love those cabbage bowls. What a find. Your m-I-l can shop for me any time she wants to. laurie

  12. Oh it looks fabulous! I just found a few pieces of the Friendly Village at the thrift store and was thrilled.

    Have a lovely weekend.

  13. KayeSwain says:

    Thanks for a lovely visit from my bloggy home to yours via Pink Saturday. I love your turning the teapot into a vase. I’ve enjoyed doing that as well. Have a grand week.

  14. Nancy says:

    Yes, I’ve changed and changed and changed my mind many times! I do love your tablescape! Peter’s Pottery rabbits are just adorable! Congratulations on making that 100!

  15. I found your blog at “from the farm blog hop” and I was thrilled to see the friendly village table scape! so pretty, and nice to see how you used the friendly village pattern for Easter! I have been using this china for nearly 40 years now. I have a family travel blog, and would love for you to stop by and comment.

  16. Rondell says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by by blog, I’m doing catch up on my comments…your tablescapes are just so pretty love the Peter Rabbit dishes with the green napkins oh, and the Cattail pitcher is neat, I’ve never seen one before.

  17. I wouldn’t have thought to use the Friendly Village dishes for an Easter table but, it came out wonderful. thank you for sharing at TTF. I have added this to the TTF Features Pinterest board!

  18. FABBY says:

    I love your Friendly Village dishes, and I too would use them any time, as it makes such a warm tablerscape. Thanks for sharing this lovely post with us.
    Thanks for your sweet and kind visit too.

  19. deanna says:

    HI Bev
    Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving a sweeet comment. I love chocolate bunnies and think this theme is so nice. May you have a delightful Easter!

  20. Bev, I always love the Friendly Village dishes and they send a lovely message with your bunnies. Cute table!

  21. hctubb says:

    Thank you for stopping by and visiting my table…. I love your Peter Rabbit…. Congrats on your exam!!! Great job on the table.

    An Accomplished Woman

  22. Kathy says:

    It’s perfectly o.k.! Love the tablescape and the sweet bunnies! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  23. A very pretty Easter Tablescape. I love the touches of green with the brown and I love those great salad plates. Thanks for stopping by my blog too.

  24. Very lovely, Bev! I’m actually loving the green – I’m not a green person!! Have a Happy Easter!
    Autumn greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  25. Very pretty.

    So wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays. Looking forward to having you join this weekend as well!

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  26. Bev Kirk says:

    I’m a new friend… we share our names! Lovely table…….

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