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Tulips and Easter Eggs Tablescape

Wooden table set with large bouquet of pink and orange tulips and Royal Albert Lavender Rose China
Tulips and Easter Eggs Tablescape

This Easter-themed tablesetting is perfect for the host or hostess who is not overly knacky with arranging flowers.  Tulips make a stunning bouquet as they come in such an array of fabulous colors. With their stately long stems, tulips practically arrange themselves!

Large glass vase filled with bright pink and orange tulips in the center of a table
Tulip Bouquet

This bouquet came from Bernadette’s Flowers in Stratford PEI and these tulips are greenhouse-grown here on the Island at Vanco Farms in Mount Albion.  You can read my story following my visit to Vanco Farms by clicking here.  While Vanco Farms, as of January 2019, no longer operate a retail outlet at their greenhouses, their wonderful tulips are available at local florist shops and supermarkets from January through to mid-spring.  They also ship off-Island as well. They are a top quality product.

Single bright pink tulip stem
PEI-grown Tulip

What makes this bouquet so easy is that, if you get tulips from a local florist shop, they will arrange the bouquet for you with some filler flowers as accents.  Basically, all you need to do is carefully remove them from their packaging and place them, already arranged, into a favorite vase as I have done here. Easy-peasy.

Bouquet of bright pink and orange tulips
Pink and Orange Tulips

Because it’s Easter, I am bringing out the good Royal Albert china for the occasion.  It’s light, bright, and airy and the deep pink in the tulips and the purple filler flowers pick up the floral colors in the Lavender Rose pattern of the dinnerware.

In this tablesetting, I have opted to use white cloth placemats and to expose the wood in my dining table.  The charger plates are a soft shade of pink-mauve, in keeping with traditional pastel Easter colors. Charger plates are one of the easiest ways to change out the look of dinnerware.  For this pattern, I have about four different colors of chargers I use and each will bring a different look to the table.

Close-up of placesetting featuring dinner plate, salad plate, and cream soup bowl. Dinnerware is white background with small pink and purple flower border. Pink napkin folded into the shape of bunny ears is placed inside the soup bowl
Lavender-Rose Pattern – Royal Albert China

 

The napkin fold I have selected for this tablesetting is the whimsical bunny ear fold.  Easy to do, this adds a touch of whimsy to each placesetting. The design also produces a small cavity in which to tuck a special little treat. These napkins have a sparkly silver thread running through them that gives understated bling to the tablescape.

Pink napkin is folded into the shape of bunny ears and placed inside a soup bowl at an Easter-themed tablescape
Bunny Ear Napkin Fold

Scatter a few Easter eggs around the centre of the table and you’re done!

Maple table is set with Royal Albert's Lavender Rose dinnerware. Centerpiece is a large bouquet of pink and orange tulips in tall glass vase
An Easter-themed Tablesetting

I hope you have enjoyed a little glimpse into my Easter-themed tablesetting.  Have a wonderful Easter!

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Easter-themed tablesetting with Royal Albert "Lavender Rose" dinnerware on pink charger plates. Napkin fold is the bunny ear fold with pink napkins. A large crystal vase of pink and orange tulips is in center of table.

For other Easter-themed tablesetting inspiration from My Island Bistro Kitchen, click on the links below:

Easter Tablesetting
A Casual Tablescape for Easter Brunch
The Bunnies Are Ready for Easter Breakfast Tablesetting
Springtime Yellow Tablescape
Tulip Time Tablescape
Peter Cottontail Tablesetting for Easter
Tulip Clusters Springtime Tablescape
Tip Toe Through the Tulips Easter Tablesetting

 

 

 

The Bunnies Are Ready For Easter Breakfast Tablesetting

The Easter Bunny's Breakfast Table
The Easter Bunny’s Breakfast Table

It’s all about whimsy, springtime, and bunnies in this earthy-themed tablesetting for Easter morning breakfast.

Pussywillows
Pussywillows

Simple stalks of pussywillows are casually contained in a glass vase and secured by colorful Easter eggs at their base. Easter eggs are  strewn about the table in and among whimsical little green moss bunnies. I really think the trio of green bunnies is on an Easter egg hunt!

Easter Bunny
Easter Bunny

These little fellas are so cute!

Scamper
Scamper

The green faux-moss bunnies are kind of a refreshing change from the traditional pastel colored bunnies.

Green Faux Moss Bunny
Green Faux Moss Bunny

In a departure from traditional placemats, I have used squares of imitation moss. The white dinnerware pops atop the green moss mats. White dinnerware works for any occasion and really is a good investment. I’ve used very plain flatware in keeping with the informal tablesetting.

Faux-Moss Placemats
Faux-Moss Placemats

Simple napkin rolls are held in place with pewter napkin rings that feature springtime daffodils. These were made by Seagull Pewter in Pugwash, Nova Scotia.

Seagull Pewter Napkin Ring
Seagull Pewter Napkin Ring

This setting is meant to be fun and informal.

Easter Breakfast Placesetting
Easter Breakfast Placesetting

The bunny eggcups keep the bunny theme going.

Easter Bunny Eggcup
Easter Bunny Eggcup

Little Easter chocolate bars adorn each cup but are easily set aside and replaced with a boiled egg, if desired, at breakfast. Who says you can’t have chocolate for a breakfast treat!

Easter Chocolate
Easter Chocolate

I have added a couple of larger faux moss-covered whimsical bunnies to my dining room mantle to coordinate the theme throughout the room.

Easter Bunnies
Easter Bunnies
Easter Breakfast Table
Easter Breakfast Table

Joyeous Easter!

For more Easter-themed tablesetting inspiration, click on the links below:

Tulip Time Tablescape
Tulip Clusters Springtime Tablescape
Tip Toe Through the Tulips Easter Tablesetting
Springtime Yellow Tablescape
Peter Cottontail Tablesetting for Easter
Easter Tablesetting
A Casual Tablescape for Easter Brunch

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Easter Breakfast Tablesetting

 

The Bistro’s Best Deviled Eggs Recipe

The Bistro's Best Devilled Eggs
The Bistro’s Best Devilled Eggs

Devilled Eggs are so tasty and easy to make.  They are perfect for potlucks, picnics, snacks, and even appetizers or hors d’oeuvres.  And, of course, they are often found at many Easter gatherings.  To top it off, they are showy, too.  I have never taken a plate of these to any function and had any left over!

The Bistro's Best Devilled Eggs
The Bistro’s Best Devilled Eggs

There are many versions of this timeless food but I like them plain and simple and not too seasoned or spicy.  I do use a pastry bag and decorating tip to pipe the filling into the egg cavities.  However, you don’t have to have these tools. Simply spoon the filling into the egg cavity and swirl it around with the tip of a knife. With a sprinkle of paprika, some green herbs or green onions, you will have an attractive looking plate of devilled eggs.

The Bistro's Best Devilled Eggs
The Bistro’s Best Devilled Eggs

I recommend not sprinkling the eggs with paprika until serving time as, sometimes, the paprika can “bleed” and the eggs can have a smudgy red cast to them.

The Bistro's Best Devilled Eggs
The Bistro’s Best Devilled Eggs

(Printable version of recipe follows at end of posting)

The Bistro’s Devilled Eggs

Ingredients:

5 hard-boiled eggs, cooled, peeled, and sliced in half lengthwise
2 – 2½ tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp sour cream
½ tsp prepared mustard
1½ tsp onion, minced
¾ tbsp sweet pickle relish
2 tsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Pinch garlic powder
½ tsp fresh dill, chopped fine
¾ tsp fresh parsley, chopped
Pinch cayenne
Salt and pepper, to taste

Paprika
Fresh parsley, chopped
Sprigs of fresh herbs (optional)
Method:

Gently scoop out egg yolks and place in small bowl. Set egg whites aside.

Mash egg yolks with fork. Add all remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Fill egg white cavities with the devilled egg mixture using either a pastry bag fitted with a large decorative tip (I use a Wilton 6B tip) or, alternatively, use a spoon.

Refrigerate devilled eggs at least 1 hour before serving. At time of serving, sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley and/or paprika. Garnish each with a small sprig of a fresh herb, if desired.

Yield: 10 servings (1 devilled egg each)

The Bistro’s Best Devilled Eggs

Yield: 10 servings

Serving Size: (1 devilled egg each)

Always a crowd pleaser, these devilled eggs are both tasty and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 5 hard-boiled eggs, cooled, peeled, and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 – 2½ tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp sour cream
  • ½ tsp prepared mustard
  • 1½ tsp onion, minced
  • ¾ tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Pinch garlic powder
  • ½ tsp fresh dill, chopped fine
  • ¾ tsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • Pinch cayenne
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Paprika
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Sprigs of fresh herbs (optional)

Instructions

  1. Gently scoop out egg yolks and place in small bowl. Set egg whites aside.
  2. Mash egg yolks with fork. Add all remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Fill egg white cavities with the devilled egg mixture using either a pastry bag fitted with a large decorative tip (I use a Wilton 6B tip) or, alternatively, use a spoon.
  4. Refrigerate devilled eggs at least 1 hour before serving. At time of serving, sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley and/or paprika. Garnish each with a small sprig of a fresh herb, if desired.
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The Bistro's Best Devilled Eggs
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Baked Glazed Ham for Easter Dinner

Baked Glazed Ham

I’m not sure if there is one meal menu at Easter on Prince Edward Island that is more common than another.  Some families have the tradition of a roast beef dinner while others enjoy a roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  Others say it just isn’t Easter dinner unless baked ham is on the table.

Baked Glazed Ham

This year, for my Easter dinner, I featured a glazed baked ham studded with whole cloves.  When I have ham, I traditionally boil it and add all the veggies to the same pot in the last 30-40 minutes and let them cook in the broth.  You can find my recipe for this comfort food meal here.

However, for Easter, I decided to make it a bit more special by baking and glazing the ham.  Hams are very economical when bought on sale and they yield a good amount of meat if you are serving a crowd or wanting leftovers — I love leftovers because it means a few days of little meal prep!

Baked Glazed Ham

For this baked ham, I started out with a cured ham (bone in).  I scored the surface of the ham in a diamond pattern, cutting in between 1/8″ and 1/4″.  At the intersection of each diamond, I inserted a whole clove.

The oven was preheated to 325F and the large roaster was lined with tin foil to make clean up easier.  The ham was placed on the roaster’s wire rack.  I then poured 1 1/2 cups of root beer into the roaster, ensuring that the ham was not sitting in the root beer.

I brushed a very thin, light coating of the sweet and tasty glaze on the ham (recipe follows).

The cover was placed on the roaster and the baking began as the steam from the root beer infused the ham with additional flavor as it baked.  About 50 minutes before I estimated the ham to be baked, I applied a thicker coating of the glaze, making sure it penetrated into the ham meat through the scored lines and I returned the ham to the oven to continue baking.  About 25 minutes later, I reapplied the glaze.  When the ham was cooked, I removed it from the oven and let it rest about 15 minutes before carving it.  This makes it much easier to carve clean slices that stay whole.

The ham was served with scalloped potatoes and a medley of stir-fried colorful vegetables.

Baked Glazed Ham Served with Scalloped Potatoes and Stir-fry Vegetable Medley

What foods do you traditionally serve at Easter?

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 Glaze for Baked Ham

Ingredients:

1/4 cup orange juice
1 tbsp honey
3/4 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp pineapple juice
2 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp ginger

Method:

Assemble ingredients.

Combine brown sugar and cornstarch together.  Add all remaining ingredients into a small saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar-cornstarch mixture.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until slightly thickened.

Brush very lightly over uncooked ham.  About 50 minutes before ham is estimated to be baked, apply a thicker coat of the glaze to the ham, ensuring it penetrates into the diagonal cuts in the surface of the ham.  About 25 minutes later, apply another coat of the glaze and return to oven to finish baking.  Allow ham to rest for about 15 minutes before carving.

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Glazed Baked Ham on a bed of greens surrounded by orange wedges and pineapple slices
Glazed Baked Ham

Glaze for Baked Ham

Take your baked ham to the next level with this easy-to-make sweet glaze
Course Main Course
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword baked glazed ham
Author My Island Bistro Kitchen

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¾ tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp pineapple juice
  • tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp ginger

Instructions

  1. Assemble ingredients.
  2. Combine brown sugar and cornstarch together. Add all remaining ingredients into a small saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar-cornstarch mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until slightly thickened.
  3. Brush very lightly over uncooked ham. About 50 minutes before ham is estimated to be baked, apply a thicker coat of the glaze to the ham, ensuring it penetrates into the diagonal cuts in the surface of the ham. About 25 minutes later, apply another coat of the glaze and return to oven to finish baking. Allow ham to rest for about 15 minutes before carving.