Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Dinner...with Matthew Mead!

  Vintage card board bunnies were placed all around the house for instant
reminders of the season.

I had the brilliant idea to cover all the aspects of our Easter celebration last year with my camera.  It proved to be an interesting juggling act between food preparation, finding the best light and delivering all the courses to the table hot and delicious. Thank goodness for Jenny and her patience with me as our day of celebration seemed a great deal more like a day of work...but the results are thrilling to me and I am glad I put in the extra effort.

We found beautiful hydrangea bushes at the grocery store to slip into
some of my vintage pottery pieces.  They instantly add seasonal flair:

I gathered transferware from my collection in all shades of purple,
 plum and lavender to set the table and serve the food.  Teamed with
silver and white ironstone it sets just the right tone.

  The centerpiece was a white compote layered with a basket tray to hold
pretty blossoms and hollowed eggs painted and embellished with stickers
and ribbons.

Jenny loves pansies and we were able to buy several flats from a local growers to fill jelly glasses and votive holders.

A hollowed egg perched atop a candle holder with stickers become a vase place card holder for my mother.

A vintage glass pansy ring is a fool proof way of creating a spectacular centerpiece for a side table:

 A purple transferware plate (a piece I found) but a style that my mother
 collects is placed at each setting with a pink damask napkin and a
fresh bloom:


I found this vintage box to include in Jenny's Easter basket... she collects paintings, books and other vintage pansy items:

 Flowers gather in all kinds of vessels around the house... purple glass and silver pieces hold hydrangeas and hyacinth blossoms:


An Easter egg is easier to make than it looks: acrylic paint, simple
paint strokes, and a butterfly sticker make a stellar design.


Dark chocolate non-pariels make all the vignettes edible:


 Making delicious food is paramount for my guests. Mostly familiar flavors...some with a twist.


 Shredded brussel sprouts sauteed in butter and topped with toasted

pecan pieces:


 Brown sugar cupcakes teamed with tangerines and blackberries.


Deviled eggs are made with a local mustard and topped with the

crunchiest pieces of crisp celery:


Potatoes two ways.. twice baked and escalloped.  I bake them in glass

votive holders from Ikea so they can be easily portioned out:


Farmer's market green beans steamed and prepared with butter and kosher


Asparagus, prepared in a lemony steam bath, fills a vintage transferware vegetable dish:


A spiral sliced ham really takes the pressure off.  We simply heat it

and serve with a warm mustard sauce.


 Renee was able to join us for dinner via FACE TIME.  She earned a place

in the center of the dining table so we could all chat with her. It

was nearly as good as having her right there:


She and her rescue dog Jack even joined in as we opened Easter baskets:

Dinner plates with pretty spring vegetables:


 Decorated eggs were placed in and around side tables and decorated


 Mismatched purple glasses are luminous in the afternoon light... adding

sparkle and color to the dining table.

 No-bake lemon cheesecake fills my jelly jars and is topped with whipped

cream, cake crumbs and fresh berries.


The brown sugar cupcakes were made very special. We topped each with

cream cheese icing, poked a whole in the center of the cake and filled

with the fresh juice of half of a tangerine. Top with berries and

serve immediately:


We so enjoyed our holiday and are glad to share the color inspirations

with you. Any of these ideas and color ways would be perfect for a

spring brunch, Mother's day or wedding shower.



  1. Absolutely beautiful! I love your style Matthew, you know I do! The purples and greens are perfection, your menu made me hungry!
    xoxo Happy Easter
    ~ Kate

  2. Gorgeous! Thanks for taking the time to record each beautiful detail of your Easter dinner. The purple transfer dishes are exquisite along with the food, flowers. and festive eggs. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  3. Beautiful Matthew! You have given us lots of inspiration for our Easter celebrations! So gorgeous! Happy Easter my friend. xo Debra

  4. The same words came to my mind as other folks..."absolutely gorgeous"! You are just so talented Matthew!

  5. Love your decorated eggs... and love everything else also!
    Vikki from VA

  6. Beautiful. I love all of the flowers.

  7. I feel so blessed to enjoy this lovely presentation of your Easter dinner, Matthew. It sounds like your family had a wonderful dinner and all the components from the colorful eggs to the rich hued glasses to the tantalizing menu were perfect.
    Happy Easter!


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