Welcome back for part 2 of the Spring Home Tour! I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. Ours was nice and relaxing…a fun visit with an out of town friend that I have known for a very long time and his wife, church on Sunday, a lunch on the porch, and a rainy afternoon.
I saved the porch for this part of the tour because I had my fingers crossed that we could have our Easter lunch out there. Those weather people had predicted thunderstorms for Sunday afternoon, but the severe storms never came. Thank goodness. We dined with the sound of a nice…slow…steady…rain…making it rather cozy.
You can see that the black and yellow color scheme from the other rooms and the dark botanical prints have made it out to the porch as well. A couple of old bunnies from Target were added to the “garden” mix just for a bit of spring time fun.
I wanted to show you two versions of that arrangement over the porch desk. The one on the left has some of the Pottery Barn botanical plates that I hung first. But it just looked too busy to me. So I then tried it out with the simple white plates. Which version do you like better?
Not being very brave when it comes to patterns, I ended up leaving it with the plain white. But that’s just me….you are probably more courageous. 🙂
But I was brave with the table setting.
There is nothing plain about it and that bright yellow!
I found a set of tiny garden tools at Hobby Lobby and thought they would be perfect with all the flowers. So I wrapped up small boxes of Whitman samplers and tied the “tools” on them for Easter treats.
For our lunch on the porch, the beverages, salads, and dessert were set out on the buffet table while the hot foods were served inside.
My Easter chalkboard for this year…
(One of my favorite hymns. 🙂 )
Our menu consisted of a strawberry and spinach salad, fruit cups, Quiche Lorraine, rosemary roasted new potatoes, roasted asparagus, biscuits with country ham, and coconut cake. Unfortunately, I really really charred the asparagus. I liked it because I like things very well done, but no one else did. 🙁 Oh well, there were plenty of other things to eat. 🙂 I did take one photo of the quiche out on the porch. (The lighting was better out there.)
You can see the pie shell was a premade one. I just sat it in the other dish because it was more sturdy when moving it in and out of the oven. (And of course it looked better. 🙂 )
The delicious honey for our biscuits came from my out of town friend. He is a beekeeper, and the honey was a sneak peek at the wedding favor for his daughter’s upcoming marriage.
Yep, that’s my burnt asparagus in the photo.
I seem to be quite talented with burning foods lately!
I also wanted you to see the Easter baskets I put together for our grown children just in case you could use some of the ideas for next year. Our son in Seattle does a lot of hiking, so the basket on the left was for him. Our law school son is going to Alaska before he starts his summer job, so the basket on the right was for him. Both had trail food, an outdoor magazine, a National Geographic guide book, an adventure notebook, and a gift card to REI.
I found a bucket at Target that perfectly matches our daughter’s apartment bedroom, so it was the starting point for her Easter “basket.” She has a beach trip coming up soon, so the Mary Kay Andrews book seemed like a fun thing for that. I added some lip gloss, several different chocolate candies, and a Gap gift card.
Our daughter was home for Easter, but I had to ship the boys their goodies because they could not be here.
I mentioned that it rained all day Sunday. Well Saturday was drizzly and cloudy the entire day..until around 7:00. At that point the sun came out for just a bit, and I grabbed my camera. Our daughter and I drove to my parents’ house and took a few photos of their yard. I want to show you their azaleas.
This is just a tiny part of their yard.
Our daughter took this next photo.
Although you don’t see many azaleas in this next one, I thought you would like their boxwood bordered path.
It’s my favorite part of their yard.
When we returned home, I took a couple of photos of our azaleas. You can see that I do not share my mother’s love for pink. Our azaleas are all white…the snow variety, and they have not fully blossomed yet. (They start their blooms at the bottom of the plant.) In another week, they should be at their peak.
I hope the flowers are blooming in your area and that Easter marked the beginning of the season of all-things-new for you. Because that is the promise of Easter – making all things new. 🙂
There is a real-deal super huge garden I want to share with you later this week. We visited it a couple of weeks ago, and it was amazing. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today, and I hope to see you back here soon.
Until next time…