Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Sunday

 



Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend!  We had family staying with us over the weekend and Niall cooked a beautiful Easter Sunday lunch.  I did a post last week on some stunning table settings as I was looking for some ideas.  There were some great ideas that I just didn't get time to try out, like the dyed eggs from the Dreamy Whites blog - definitely going to dye some eggs next year, Maria's are stunning.  As I used tulips on my table last Easter I wanted to try something different but as there were no wild flowers in abundance around my hedges this didn't happen either and of course I ran to the shops at the last minute there was only one bunch of tulips left!  Mental note - next time buy flowers early in the morning!!  the reason my Saturday was thrown out was because I had to collect something I'd ordered a few weeks ago.  It just arrived in time for the weekend . . .   my new French mirror!!!



I was so excited it had arrived I dropped everything and drove to collect it - from a shop that has a very special connection to me.  When I moved back to Ireland from France I set a shop up with my sister, (we sold French style furniture and accessories)  and called it Boulevard Interiors.  After a few years I left and got married and had a baby.  My intention was to open a home and garden store but life had other ideas!  My baby's health was very delicate and the downturn in the economy meant having to shelve my plan, so my dream of having my own home and garden store is still a dream, that I hope, one day, will become a reality!

But I digress - back to Easter and my special delivery, my sister still has Boulevard Interiors, (same name but a new shop in a new premises).   I called in a few weeks ago and when I spotted this beauty in the showroom - I just had to have it!!  The one on display had actually been sold so I had to wait four weeks for this baby to come from France.  I didn't mind - it was worth the wait!  I ADORE it!!  It's actually for my living room but the fireplace has to be sorted out before it can go to it's new home so for the moment it'll have to stay here.   (I also have my eye on another large white mirror for the dining room).   So, to cut a long story short, I kind of ran out of time Saturday to do everything I wanted for my Easter table but it worked out ok. . .

 

The dining chairs are Camargue chairs which is a traditional French farmhouse style chair from the Camargue region in France.  The chairs and the weathered oak table are all by Flamant, a Belgian interiors company.  I went with a plain linen tablecloth (well, it's a linen/cotton mix - easier to iron!!) as it goes well with my pride and joy French dinnerware. 


We set up a little drinks table to the side which looked cute . . .



I just love my French white dinnerware when it's all on the table . . . I kept it simple with all white ware, white linen napkins and Waterford crystal.  For the napkins - I just tied them with string and put a little sprig of rosemary from my garden on top for a little greenery . . .  frilly, frilly china . . .












To add a little sparkle I also used some pewter egg cups and candlesticks . . .








yes, the theme was kind of egg -ey!!




Niall cooked up a storm - I was too busy helping the chef to take any pictures of the starters and mains but things calmed down towards the end and here are the desserts nearly ready to go.  The menu was lovely, for starters we had baked egg in parma ham nests, for the main course we had rack of lamb with a herb crust with minty potatoes and for the finale - Niall's speciality - a trio of desserts - this year it was strawberry shortcake ice-cream, ginger snaps with vanilla cream and a surprise pot!! (all homemade by Niall).



The surprise pot is a becoming a bit of a tradition now . . . take off the lid and . . .



SURPRISE!!!! a little mini egg in a nest of white chocolate shavings on top of a rich chocolate mousse - mmmmm!!!


Isn't the little egg so sweet . . .



Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend and enjoyed the break!





37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! You do realise,now we all want to marry Niall...A 3 course Easter lunch is one thing,but one that specialises in desserts. ... woweee.Love your style and joie de vivre ,Bon chance mon ami

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

sorry! he's taken mon ami Anon!! Merci for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment - oh yes, plenty of 'joie' round here for everyone! A bientot! :)

Sharon

French Grey said...

Your Easter table setting AND table and chairs are to die for!! Absolutely beautiful! I, too, would drop everything to pick up that gorgeous mirror! I must say I am a little green with envy! So glad you had a lovely Easter with family and friends.

Blessings,

Cindy
xo

-Lisa said...

Sharon, I just love your posts. I get lost in them. I felt like I was with you on your journey to pick up your beautiful new mirror. I want your dining room chairs so bad, I am salivating (sorry, not a good visual but seriously? those are to die for). I have been looking for a set of 10le creuset pots like yours in a color I like at a price I like. I won't rest until I find the right deal. The pewter egg cups---a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e.! I could go on and on. Thanks again for another brilliant post.
XO

Siobhan @ The Vintage Dormer said...

Happy Easter! You done a wonderful job with your table and that yummy choc mouse. May I ask where you got your dinnerwear from? I just <3 it!!!

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Thanks Cindy! I know my 19 year old is moving out in September and talking of traveling to the US - hard when they're not home!!

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

thank you Lisa! (blush) - I buy all Le Crueset pots when they're reduced at TK Maxx!! I think its TJ Maxx in the US??

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Siobhan, thanks for stopping by!! It was one of the first lines I ordered when we opened the shop. I'm not sure if Michelle is still doing it at Boulevard, I'll ask her and get back to you.

Sharon

Sara Louise said...

Your dining room is gorgeous! I'm in love with your place settings and that mirror is the absolute perfect touch! :)

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Sara Louise, you're very welcome to my blog! and thank you for your lovely comment - I love to hear from people who visit!!

Sharon

Louise said...

Beautiful house and table setting! and all the food looks so amazing! I hope you had a wonderful easter. Loving your blog and now following you xx

Leslie said...

Oh my gosh! Our French mirrors are almost identical - you have wonderful taste ;) love your plates and white table. I should also tell you I (also) have a French country table that I painted white, and little French chairs with re upholstered linen seats! So funny!! Your desserts and Easter eggs look yummy as well!

Leslie

Lissy said...

I love your style and your beautiful home! Your easter looked so lovely, like right out of a magazine.

XO,
Elizabeth
www.tonicofwildness.com

Dear Lillie said...

Oh my! What a stunning setting. Everything is so elegantly done. And I LOVE those chairs!

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

Hey Sharon, Bula from the Fiji Islands! Okay I have sooo much to say - I have loved your blog from when I first came across it, and now even more! I would have dropped everything to pick up that mirror as well and it was so nice to learn a little more about your dreams in this post. Your dinnerware is PERFECT! The table is gorgeous. Everything sounds like the way things should be!

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Welcome Louise! thank you for your lovely comment - hope your Easter was wonderful too :)

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Leslie, your comments always make me smile - King Henry VIII once said to Thomas Moore - ". . you have excellent taste - it exactly coincides with my own . . ". :)

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Welcome to my blog Lissy! (what a pretty name!). Thank you for leaving such a glowing comment! so nice to read first thing in the morning!!

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Dear Lillie, welcome to my blog! Thank you for your lovely comment! I really enjoyed my tour of your home yesterday - stunning - and so beautifully finished!! Thanks for visiting :)

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Thank you Vanisha for your warm comment! So lovely to hear!! I really hope you're enjoying Fiji and it's returning to normal there after the floods. Enjoy your well deserved break!

Sharon

Virginia said...

I just popped over from The Enchanted Home! Love your beautiful home and I think you win the prize for the loveliest Easter table and menu EVER~! Now I'm going to try and see how you made the beautiful stenciled eggs!
V

vicki archer said...

Sharon ... Your table is magnificent and the setting so beautiful... Love the way you have used all the whites with some small extra touches... I am sure you had a fabulous Easter in such beautiful surriundings ... xv

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hello Virginia, you're very welcome to my blog! and thank you do much for your lovely comment!! I'll pass your prize on to Niall as he did all the hard work - I just did the table :) I wish I had stencilled the eggs but no they were a present from Niall's mum!

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Vicki, thank you so much for visiting me! I had such a lovely time reading your posts about your home in Provence - your place is truly magnificent - the images are breathtaking!

Sharon

Giovanna said...

Great photos!! Love love love your dining room! It's beautiful!!! Obsessed!

xx
Giovanna
www.oliveandanarrow.com
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Maria at inredningsvis.se said...

Yes I love poster beds to:) But you must have the space, and I dont have that in my bedroom. This post was divine..that dining room mmmm lovely.
I must ask..where do you live..in France or..??
I wish you a great weekend with lots of sun:)

LOVE Maria

Maison de lin said...

Hello,

Your easter table lokks superbe!!!
I love it

Have a wonderful weekend
Jérôme

P.S. Thanks for your comments on my blog, thats makes my always happy :)

Maureen at The Inglenook Decor said...

so beautiful & dainty & that gorgeous mirror! love!

Maureen at The Inglenook Decor said...

so beautiful & dainty & that gorgeous mirror! love!

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Giovanna, Welcome! thank you so much for your lovely comment!

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Maria, I live in Cork, Ireland now but I used to live in Paris! Have a great weekend!

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Jérôme, You're back!! Excellent! I missed your lovey posts! Thank you for visiting - I love nice comments too! :)

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hey Maureeen, thank you for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Sharon

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Oh my gosh, amazing styling and photography!! I love your pewter eggcups. They are divine. Loi Thai, Tone on Tone

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Loi, welcome to my blog and thank you so much for your lovely comment!

Sharon

Mrs. Sutton said...

STUNNING! I have exactly the same French dinner plates - lovely aren't they! Thinking about it, I also have the little mini le Creuset pots - you are truly a woman after my own heart - lol! x

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hey Paula, thanks! yes, I love our plates!! they're my pride and joy!!

Sharon

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