Easter Inspiration  

By Karen Parr-Moody


The Cadbury Crème Eggs and Lindt chocolate bunnies have peeked out of drugstore aisles for weeks, but Easter is still a far-away April 20. This means hostesses still have plenty of time to sprinkle Easter whimsy around their homes before those brunches held in one’s Sunday afternoon finery.


Beyond bunnies and eggcups, there are many Easter-themed items at GasLamp and GasLamp Too this year. The white chick in the photo, right, is just one of them ($69.95; Booth T-275). A cookie jar, it is located at the booth of Chuck Guthrie, an interior designer whose booth at GasLamp Too, LC&Co., is filled with finds in every shade of white. While this chick can be used year-round, wouldn’t it simply be darling if set on the counter during the Easter season? 


Since Guthrie’s booth has a homespun, hand-crafted feel, it is no surprise to find this hand-made bunny hanging out on a rustic chair (photo, below left). With her button eyes, lace collar and satin bows, this little pink-nosed cutie is a steal at $11.95. She would look incredibly elegant in a child’s Easter basket – certainly more so than some mass-made toy made of garish colors, don’t you think?


While these gorgeous covered casserole dishes are not Easter specific, they certainly work for the occasion, as can be seen in the photo, below right ($375 for the pair; Booth T-108). These pieces are attributed to what has become known as “Old Paris” or “Vieux Paris” style porcelain. Such pieces do not necessarily have porcelain marks, but they comprise tableware that is highly gilt, painted and decorated. They were made by manufacturers in the city of Paris, as well as by those on the outskirts, and typically range in date from the mid-1700s through the end of the Second Empire in 1870.


These casserole dishes, with their gilt and butterflies, are perfect for any spring occasion, but particularly for Easter. Another idea is to use them for décor: Simply fill them with moss and some pastel malted Easter egg candy to create a beautiful centerpiece.


If you are one of those hosts or hostesses who loves to introduce fine dining elements to your luncheons, then check out these classic escargot plates (photo, left; $8; Booth T-128). They are perfect for heating up and serving the French delicacies – not to mention they are easier then re-using the shells. (Just don’t forget the champagne!)


And speaking of fine dining, these dainty porcelain ramekins with handles would make a beautiful accompaniment to the Old Paris casserole dishes (photo, right; $13 each; Booth T-108). Even if they are not in the same pattern, they blend well enough for a shabby chic look. And they will give you ample reason to use your crème brûlée torch.


Last but not least, everyone needs an Easter basket in which to bring back those childhood memories. Why not make it a vintage woven straw tote from Nassau, like the one below? The figure on it is a Bahamian lady dressed up in a bright orange dress and matching hat (maybe it’s an Easter hat?). She is made of cloth and straw and is surrounded by colorful flowers, making her a perfect fit for a spring brunch.


There’s nothing like a holiday to bring out the fun in decorating with fabulous vintage items. And Easter is one of the best for sending those guests hopping down the bunny trail to your whimsically decorated table.  


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