Jelly Beans and Bunnies Easter Tablescape

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

An Easter lunch table is the perfect time to have a little fun. I love this table for so many reasons, from the gingham chair cushions to the papier mache bunnies! What I love most? Dessert on the table in the form of jelly beans! 

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Jelly Bean and Bunny Easter Tablescape
serves 4

What you need: 
Adorable hand-sewn gingham cushions
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3 Papier Mache Bunnies (lavender, pink and a certain shade of orange) for the center of the table
Get the HOW TO HERE
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Pink glassware, vintage bunny pressed glass dishes, white plates, flatware, torn gingham fabric napkins and JELLY BEANS!!!!!
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Bunny costume with festive Easter hat (optional)
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Happy Easter!!

 

DIY: Papier Mache Easter Bunnies

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Handmade papier mache bunnies painted lavender, pink and orange are the perfect centerpiece for an Easter luncheon table because actual bunnies hopping is typically never a good decision.
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Ingredients:
Scissors
Cardboard
Masking Tape
White Glue
Water
Joint-Compound
Latex Glove
Paint
Paintbrush
Newspaper ( Half the paper cut into 1″x5″ strips, half left for filling)
Marker

What to do:

Bunny Body
Step 01: Create a form
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With your cardboard, use a marker to sketch out your bunny’s body. You’ll want to draw the main body, cutting slits about half way down the top of the head, up the front legs, and down the middle back. Create three more forms to fit in those slits creating a 3-D bunny form.

Make sure to trace these forms before assembly if planning on making more than one!
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Use masking tape to seal the form in place and to add extra support. Your bunny should stand on its own, if not add more masking tape to level her up!

Step 02: Fill in form
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Using one half of the newspaper, bunch up and tape onto your form. Once you see the form looking more like a bunny, use the masking tape to completely cover the newspaper and round off any hard edges.

Step 03: Paper Mache Time!
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In a large mixing bowl; mix equal parts white glue, joint compound, and water. Make sure to wear gloves and mix together. Once fully mixed, take your newspaper strips and dip into the mixture and place onto your form. Continue until entirely covered. Let dry overnight and repeat.

Your mixture may need to be mixed up a few times as the joint compound will settle on the bottom of the bowl.

Bunny Ears
Step 1: Create a form
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Take any extra cardboard and draw out an ear for your bunny. Create a line a crease up the middle and a small triangle at the bottom. This will help your bunny ear look realistic with a curve and also fit onto her head!
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Using your masking tape, fix your ears to the bunny body. Use extra tape to ensure they’re firm and won’t move. Tape around the entire ear.

Step 2: Paper Mache Time!
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Using the same mixture as with the body, cover your ears completely. I also took advantage of the dry body to add another layer of paper mache to the whole body.

Step 3: Finishing Touches!
When you’re satisfied with the bunny’s look and she is completely dry, mix up some paint and give her at least two coats. I painted mine three times, added some handmade pom poms for a nose and tail and paper whiskers for the perfect finish!
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Tabletop Tuesday: Psychedelic Mushroom Centerpiece

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I am OBSESSED with these hand painted wooden psychedelic mushrooms! They are the perfect conversation starter centerpiece and would make a fun luncheon craft for your guests…no ingestion required. 
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Learn how to make the psychedelic mushrooms HERE.
Now let’s make them a centerpiece! I liked the idea of treating them like they were just foraged in some kind of trippy forest and cooked up in a chic copper pan with all the colorful woodland animals looking on. All you need is a skillet and some deer moss (I picked up at Home Depot).
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Now let’s set the table!
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You’re not on a crazy trip, we used some purple gels to make the room more psychedelic! I only wish I had a black light!
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Now let’s serve up some soup!
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Get the recipe for my REAL Mushroom Soup with Matcha Cream HERE.

DIY: Quick, Easy and ADORABLE Centerpiece (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I’ve been collecting milk glass bud vases for years. Let’s face it, every flower looks good in a white vase! Many years ago, I had to do a dinner party on the fly and needed a centerpiece and this magic happened. I’ve been using it ever since. So fast, simple and chic! Step one, remove flowers. Step two, replace flowers with ball ornaments! Boom!

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photo by Chia Chong for Domino Magazine

 

A Chive Blossom-inspired Thanksgiving Table

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I’m always intrigued where a person’s creative inspiration comes from. I know it may sound odd, but my inspiration for decor and design typically comes from food. This Thanksgiving table is no exception.

Here’s what happened: While testing a Charred Purple Cabbage with Parmesan and Chives recipe, there was one chive in the bunch that still had a blossom attached –which was rare as it is well past season for such a herb unicorn. Instead of chopping this particular chive with the rest, I gave it a stay of execution and placed it in a tiny purple bud vase and admired it’s beauty for a week…then came the pumpkins, and the purple paint, and the fresh greens and the custom linen napkins and before I knew it, I had a beautiful holiday table set.

Where does your inspiration come from? I’d love to know.
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WATCH how the layers of the table came together!

Happy Thanksgiving, may your day be filled with love and gratitude.
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