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Right about now many of us are planning our upcoming Easter Dinner.  It is an exciting time for menu planning, as newly harvested spring vegetables become available.  And we can finally transition into lighter Spring fare after a winter of heartier foods.  As I begin to plan my 2014 Easter feast, I thought I’d share with you some of my Easters past.  I’ll give you table setting tips……

My Easter Table |

along with some of my favorite Spring recipes.

Pimento Cheese Dip Recipe | www.AfterOrangeCounty.comSmoked Salmon and Deviled Eggs | www.AfterOrangeCounty.comGrilled Spring Vegetables | www.AfterOrangeCounty.comRicotta Cheese Pie |

Looking back to a couple of years ago, I was reminded of the Easter when Brad and I found ourselves alone for the holiday. All of our kids were away at college, or at work on the east coast, and were not coming home for Easter. And it just so happened that the same was true for our best friends whose kids also had other plans for Easter.  So, finding ourselves without family at Easter, we decided to invite our friends over to share in the festivities.

My Easter Table |

As I’ve mentioned before, I like to sew and often find inexpensive fabric at a store called Home Fabrics.  That Easter I decided to sew some violet colored napkins for my table……

My Easter Table |

along with a pretty off-white table cloth.  Sewing napkins and table cloths is easy, and you end up with a better quality product at a fraction of the cost of buying them at the store.

My Easter Table |

I also made some favors using little bird’s nests purchased here at Beau Coup and artificial eggs purchased at Michaels.

Easter Table Decor and Favor |

I also found these inexpensive small glass vases in 3 different sizes at Michaels……

My Easter Table | www.AfterOrangeCounty.comMy Easter Table |

and filled them with flowers from Costco.

My Easter Table |

I filled an old trophy cup with more flowers and placed them on the bar.  I bought it at an antique store in Tallinn, Estonia.  It is inscribed with some unusual Baltic dialect that makes for interesting conversation over drinks.

My Easter Table |

The violet colored water glasses were purchased at World Market and my flatware is from Horchow.  The silver place card holders are from a charming store in Tuscaloosa, Alabama called Capitol Park Antiques, Interiors & Gardens.

My Easter Table |

I love my place card holders.  If you are ever in Tuscaloosa drop by and tell them I said hi.

My Easter Table |

This was the menu, displayed on my chalkboard.

My Easter Table |

So, in the coming days, I’ll be sharing with you my recipe for a scrumptious Pimento Goat Cheese Dip……

Pimento Goat Cheese Dip Recipe |

and my recipe for Captain MJ Sweeney’s Herbed Leg of Lamb……

Captain MJ Sweeny's Herbed Leg of Lamb Recipe | www.AfterOrangeCounty.comCaptain MJ Sweeny's Herbed Leg of Lamb Recipe |

and my recipe for cheesy Herbed Scalloped Potatoes……

Herbed Scalloped Potatoes Recipe |

as well as my recipe for this delicious Italian Ricotta Cheese Easter Pie in Phyllo Dough.  It was inspired by a Ricotta Pie I ate in Florence, Italy.

Italian Ricotta Cheese Easter Pie in Phyllo |

So stay tuned for lots more Easter inspiration coming soon to After Orange County!

So there you have it: My Easter Table

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