Sunday, February 17, 2013

Swan Centerpieces or China Doves for The Easter Table

Easter Table Decorations, 1901 from the New York Daily Tribune.

      For table decorations at an Easter luncheon the favored combination is green and white, and originality of design and arrangement is not inexhaustible by any means.
      The china doves, which are pictured, are one of the novelties of this season, and the many ways of utilizing them in table decoration are particularly effective. One modes is to arrange green satin ribbon across the table, from corner to corner, in the centre of which is a large nest filled with ferns and Easter eggs. The doves, holding lilies of the valley and greenery, are grouped about as one's fancy may dictate, and to add to the effect flights of doves, also filled with the flowers, may be attached to the chandelier or ceiling, each flight being connected by narrow green and white ribbons tied around their necks.
Original photo of china doves filled with ferns
and lilies of the valley that accompanied this article.
      If a brighter effect is desired the gay toned spring flowers should be used-jonquils, tulips, daffodils, crocuses, primroses, hyancinths or cyclamens--arranged in simple but artistic fashion.
      An ingenious hostess of this city is planning to give an Easter Monday luncheon to six of her women friends. An ornamental box will be presented to each guest when she enters the dining room. Every box will contain a leghorn hat, which the recipient is requested to wear throughout the luncheon. The hats are to be trimmed with natural flowers (no two alike), with ribbon garnitures in corresponding colors. One hat will show bunches of violets, with green foliage and violet ribbon: another will have trimmings of lilies of the valley, mignoette and green ribbon: a third, La France roses and pink ribbon: and the remaining hats will have garnitures fo daffodils and yellow ribbon for one, moss rosebuds for the second, and red carnations intermingled with black velvet for the third.

This elegantly carved wooden swan is by Jack Hughs, JRH, 1985.
A view from the top of the swan; its simplicity is lovely.
This swan may appear as an interesting center piece for
my Easter dinner table this year.
My mother-in-law acquired it on one of her many
antique hunting trips. Although it is not an antique,
it will certainly be worthy of becoming one
someday. I love antiques, but, I appreciate beautiful
artworks even more.
She looks as though she wishes to tell us a secret, doesn't she?

How to make a 3-D origami swan center piece for your Easter table: start this project early, folks.

View more bird center pieces for the table:

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