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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

French le Lapin Spring Table

Thursday, April 17, 2014

le lapin 
A little French rabbit 

french lapin bunny spring table

A French hare 

Images of spring come together in a table setting...  
Bird's nest 
Bird egg 
Muguet des Bois
Fresh green color 

french lapin bunny spring table setting

Fresh new promises of green leaves outside the windows are a welcome backdrop to the table filled with Spring inside. 

March through May are months filled with Spring celebrations. With just a few changes, a basic Spring centerpiece can be adapted to reflect current celebrations throughout Spring. Nuances of French elements add a little 

savoire faire.

french bunny tablesetting narcissus
Le lapin centerpiece begins with potted jonquils, a couple of lapins, and a white pitcher with forks from a French flea market in Paris. 

french silverplate forks paris flea market
The forks left unpolished have a worn elegance enhanced with the patina that reflects their origins in a Paris flea market. 

french lapin bunny spring centerpiece diy bird egg and nest

As Spring progresses through the months, the basic centerpiece of jonquils and le lapins changes by adding a lapin mug filled with a homemade bird's nest holding a fresh Spring green egg. 

french lapin bunny spring paper placemats

The paper placemats with their lapins remain in place for the entire March through May table settings. Carrots and cabbages are reminders of Spring gardens and are food for French lapins.   

french lapin bunny spring table silver towle meadow song

Meadow Song by Towle, modern sterling silver flatware, has a detailed floral pattern perfect for Spring tables. 

french lapin bunny spring table silver towle meadow song

French script on the paper placemats adds to the beauty of the flatware. 

french lapin bunny tablesetting bird nests in mugs

Bird's nests in the mugs, with a bunny in a floral meadow design, add a touch of Easter to Spring tables. 

One at each place dresses up the white plates. 

french lapin bunny tablesetting pink long stem glasses

Long-stemmed pink glasses coordinate with the touches of pink flowers in the mugs.

french lapin bunny tablesetting muguet des bois lavender sachet

A lavender-filled sachet with French script takes the French le lapin Spring table into May and gives another French touch to the table.  

May 1st is May Day and is celebrated in France with offering Muguet des Bois (lily of the valley) to loved ones.   

With just a few changes the French le lapin Spring Table goes from March through May. 

Paper placemats and matchboxes ~ Michel Design 
White plates ~ Pier I 
Bunny mugs ~ HomeGoods
Meadow Song sterling flatware ~ Towle, discontinued  
Pink stemware ~ Estate sale 
White scalloped-edge footed cake plate ~ Goodwill 


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