Holiday Decorating

A Colorful & Approachable Easter Tablescape

A Cheery Holiday Table & Spread with Plenty of Signs of Spring
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When I think spring, my mind automatically goes to Easter, one of my absolute favorite holidays to celebrate.  I love setting the table for an Easter dinner with family and friends, and find myself looking for ways to always incorporate those sweet pastel tones, floral anything-and-everything, and all around spring feels onto the table. 

Like any styled table, this year’s Easter tablescape leans on my secret trick of layering, layering, and more layering.  I don’t believe that you have to have a different place setting for each and every holiday or turn of the season.  I mean who has the space?! What I love doing is leaning on my everyday place settings and switching out the salad, appetizer, or soup bowls to match whatever we’re celebrating.  That’s where the fun pattern play always comes in; varieties in colors and designs of your dinnerware can create just the bright, joyous effect you’re hoping to achieve this time of year.  

For example, I started with my traditional, everyday blue and white Sophia dinnerware and serving pieces from Pottery Barn and mixed in these playful  holiday Bunny Bowls, and classic check napkins that can be used all year long.  Along with the place settings I added in plenty of Easter details like bunnies and baskets full of festive candies, and Majolica bird salt and pepper shakers and serving set.  

You’ll also spot some usual suspects on the table: gold flatware, festive drinking goblets, statement Sophia serving pieces and fresh blooms in the form of pink parrot tulips and green hydrangea.  I had fun incorporating the small Easter details too; I added egg cups and small baskets with speckled chocolate eggs to each place setting, and of course candies from Williams Sonoma around the table.  The end result, a home run look that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.

And because it’s not quite Easter without sweet treats, I ordered these gorgeous, drool-worthy cakes from Sugaree’s Bakery.  Thanks to The Southern C Summit, I recently discovered this small batch bakery that’s based out of Albany, Mississippi, and I immediately fell for the classic, not fussy flavors (I will love strawberry cake forever and ever).  

While I know what you’re probably thinking; there’s no way these cakes could be shipped to me in Atlanta in one piece!  I mean who even takes the risk to get strawberry cake delivered?!  But alas, each cake arrived perfectly which even I’ll admit was a bit shocking.  Sugaree’s knows what they’re doing because while the cakes did arrive frozen, they don’t freeze them long; the flavors are fresh and vibrant and OH SO GOOD.  Not to gush or anything, but the cakes were so light, fluffy and moist that I couldn’t believe they came all the way from Mississippi.  While I was lucky enough to sample all of the flavors, I would have to say the coconut, strawberry and caramel were my favorite…all of them were so large, well priced, and absolutely divine.  So to answer the previous question, I say heck yes to  getting a caramel and strawberry cake delivered!

Along with the cakes, for the food I decided to try my hand at garlic garlic and herb rubbed lamb chops, fresh asparagus, baby potatoes, and my mother’s favorite spinach salad with mandarin oranges and warm bacon vinaigrette.  I’ll be sharing all the recipes tomorrow, but it was the perfect meal and table to welcome spring and celebrate Easter. Truly, MKR

P.S. Check out everything we’re eyeing for this joyous time of year in our Easter Shop!




Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Pottery Barn, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

Waiting on Martha’s Holiday Gift Guide No. Five

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Alright, as if it could get any better…today’s giveaway with some of our favorite holiday gift ideas has landed.  As you know, we’ve shared a handful of MAJOR gift guides + giveaways this past week (One, Two, Three, Four), and we’re ending with a bang with this one, I’d say.  

Like the other days, one lucky winner can win everything shown in the picture above!  Simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below, but take time to catch the details on the what, the to who, and the why we’re gifting each item this year below.  It’s some GOOD stuff. 

Thanks to our generous friends at Gray Malin, Ashley Brooke Designs, Harding Lane, Sideshow Press, King Bean Coffee, Sea Island Forge, Day Designer and Waiting on Martha Home for all of today’s giveaway goodness.  Good luck friends, and let’s cheers to making this a great holiday season!  Truly, MKR

P.S. Don’t forget to enter No. One HERE, No. Two HERE, No. Three HERE and No. Four HERE. xo 

Top of Aspen Mountain - Small Print, Framed

Gray Malin, $399

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Give the gift of art this year with a framed print from one of our favorites, Gray Malin.  This gorgeous piece celebrates the ski getaways we all hope to plan each winter, and looks great all year ’round when framed on the wall. 

We’d gift this to our favorite ski bum.

*Giveaway winner will receive this small framed print. 

Oyster Knife & Shuck Guard

Sea Island Forge, $120

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This essential culinary tool is just as handsome as it is heirloom-quality. Crafted in food grade stainless steel, the oyster knife has been crafted to make opening raw & cooked oysters a whole lot easier.  The shuck guard is also a must-have, used to protect the hand while shucking. This great gift idea received a runner-up award in the 2016 Garden & Gun Magazine’s Made in the South Awards.

We’d gift this to the host of our next oyster feast!

*Giveaway winner will receive one oyster knife and shuck guard. 

Scruff Beard & Face Oil

Crude, $20

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This fantastic conditioning oil for beard and faces is a must-have for the scruffy guy in your life.  The oil softens and conditions the beard and the skin beneath, soothes razor burn, and combats ingrown hairs.  How, do you ask?  Crude uses an exclusive blend of essential oils that smell woodsy, yet sophisticated, and do the job well. 

We’d gift this to our favorite guy who extended No-Shave-November this year. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one bottle of beard oil. 

Ice Ice Baby Tumbler

Ashley Brooke Designs, $22

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Make light of the freezing temps this winter with this awesome tumbler by our friend Ashley Brooke Designs. You’ll look great sipping on your favorite drink in this insulated to-go cup. 

We’d gift this to the girl always on the go this time of year. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one tumbler. 

Travel Candles

Sideshow Press, $26 for 2

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We love the idea of bringing these hand-poured soy wax candles with us on our next weekend getaway.  Sideshow Press created the perfect travel candles that fit in your carry-on.  They’ve been handcrafted in Charleston, and make the best thoughtful gift! 

We’d gift this to our favorite wanderer. 

*Giveaway winner will receive two travel candles. 

3 Pack of Roasted-to-Order Coffee

King Bean Coffee, $35.99

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Step up your coffee game with King Bean Coffee.  These roasted-to-order packs have the elevated flavor you can taste, and will have you excited to get up in the morning for that cup of jo. 

We’d gift this to our fellow coffee lover. 

*Giveaway winner will receive three packs of coffee. 

Yellow Chiffon & Ginger Soap Dish Set

Waiting on Martha Home, $16

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The perfect ready-to-gift treat, our Yellow Chiffon & Ginger Soap Dish Set smells amazing. The set includes a small silver dipped ceramic tray that can be enjoyed long after the soap bar is finished. 

We’d gift this to anyone on our list that appreciates life’s little luxuries. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one soap dish set. 

Retro Schuss© On Bright Red Hat

Harding Lane, $35

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We live in ball caps all year ’round, and Retro Schuss is the one we reach for during winter.  Like all Harding Lane hats, this one’s needlepoint detailing can’t be beat, and will stand wear like your favorite hat should. 

We’d gift this to the person on our list that knows the power of a good hat on a bad hair day. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one hat. 

2017 Flagship Edition Planner

Day Designer, $59

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It’s a proven fact that one is more excited to #GSD with a gorgeous planner!  This 2017 Day Designer is one of our favorites in the upcoming year; blue and white is one of our favorite color combinations as you know. The great part: there are a TON of beautiful designs for you to pick the perfect one!

We’d gift this to our favorite Girl Boss. 

*Giveaway winner will receive a Day Designer of choice. 

"Live Free" Balsam Pillow

Waiting on Martha Home, $26

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This rustic and cozy little pillow is filled with fresh-smelling needles of a Balsam fir tree!  100% cotton and made in the USA, the “Live Free” pillow makes a great gift to fit in dorm room, drawer, bathroom, car…you name it. 

We’d gift this to someone that enjoys the turn of weather and the feeling of fall. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one pillow. 


Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

Waiting on Martha’s Holiday Gift Guide No. Four

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The week of holiday gift guides continues, friends, and today’s is just as good as the rest!  So if you’re just joining us, let me catch you up to speed: we’ve included unique ideas for just about everyone on your list, and taken it a step further by GIVING IT ALL AWAY (no, seriously). 

One lucky winner will score almost everything in the gift guide each day!  Simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below, but be sure to check all the details on the what, the to who, and the why we’re gifting each item this year. 

A big thank you to our generous friends at Mark & Graham, Jackson Morgan, Schermer Pecans, Waiting on Martha Home,  J. McLaughlinWilliams-Sonoma and Steve McKenzies for helping us make another MAJOR giveaway happen.  Good luck friends, and there’s more to come!!!  Truly, MKR

P.S. Don’t forget to enter No. One HERE, No. Two HERE and No. Three HERE. xo 

Vinyl-Bound "The Joy of Cooking" Book "THE JOY OF COOKING" BOOK

Mark & Graham, $150

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One of the most classic cookbooks of all time, Joy of Cooking was originally published in 1936 and has been named 150 most important and influential books of the 20th century by the New York Public Library. This edition is vinyl-bound, making it a true keepsake. 

We’d gift this book to a kitchen newbie or world class chef alike! 

*Giveaway winner will receive one copy with the option to monogram the cover. 

Sugarfina "Tis the Season" Ugly Sweater Bento Box

Waiting on Martha Home, $29.50

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Celebrate the season of ugly sweaters with this little bento box of Sugarfina sweets. The box includes three festive flavors: reindeer noses, Jamaican rum snowballs and gingerbread men. Warning…they’re almost too cute to eat!  

*Giveaway winner will receive one bento box. 

Ames Polarized Sunglasses

J.McLaughlin, $120

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J.McLaughlin introduces sunglasses this season, and brings us a pair of eternally cool, Wayfarer-style shades that looks good on everyone.  They’re even polarized, and include a hard case and cleaning cloth. 

We’re gifting this pair to the tastemaker with timeless taste. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one pair of sunglasses.

Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron Dutch Oven, 4 1/2-Qt.,Tartan

Williams-Sonoma, $380

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Give me Le Creuset and tartan plaid and I’ll die happy.  This wonderfully festive dutch oven is a true keepsake you’ll be excited to take out year after year as the holidays draw near. 

We’d love to gift this to our fellow plaid-lovers on our list. If only!!!

*Giveaway winner will receive one dutch oven. 

Peppermint Mocha Liqueur

Jackson Morgan Southern Cream, $20-25

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It’s not the holidays without a few cozy cocktails!  Jackson Morgan is one of our go-to’s for festive flavors this time of year (and well, all year ’round!).  Think southern cream liqueurs like Peppermint Mocha, Salted Caramel and Southern Bread Pudding. I mean, who doesn’t like a little alcohol in their stocking?!

We’d gift this to the cocktail connossieur on our list. 

*Giveaway winner will receive a Jackson Morgan swag bag (sorry, can’t give away booze!). xo

Pretzel Bottle Opener

Waiting on Martha Home, $12

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In the spirit of the holidays, you’ll need a proper bottle opener on that bar cart.  Might we suggest this gold pretzel one in particular? 

We’d sneak these bottle openers into all of the stockings of our over-21 friends and family. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one bottle opener. 

Bad Boy Tumbler Candle 11 oz.

Steve McKenzies, $27.50

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We don’t know anyone that doesn’t want to find a new candle, wrapped up with a bow! Candles are always dependable, quick gift ideas you can turn to this time of year.  We especially love this candle by our friends at Steve McKenzies.

This one especially is perfect for the Man Cave. With notes of Cuban cigars & sandalwood, it’s hand-poured using the highest quality natural soy wax. It’s a rich scent that is certain to please even the most distinguished candle savvy person with 75-100 hours of burn time.

We’d gift this to anyone that enjoys getting cozy. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one candle. 

Crowd Pleasing Collection Medium (Dark Chocolate Pecans, Roasted & Salted Pecans, Cinnamon Glazed Pecans)

Schermer Pecans, $47.19

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Nobody can resist the gift of food, especially when it comes in this crowd-pleasing combo of gourmet candied pecans.  This gift set is ready to give, with a muslin bag that fits perfectly into a Christmas stocking. 

We’d gift this to everyone, because there’s literally a flavor for every taste bud! 

*Giveaway winner will receive one gift set of pecans (3 flavors listed). 

#Selfie "Elf" Shot Glass Set

Waiting on Martha Home, $15

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There’s gonna be a lot of selfies this holiday season, so they might as well have a shot or two to go with ’em! Our #Selfie “Elf” shot glass set will make anyone on your list smile.

We’d gift this to our favorite elf this year.

*Giveaway will receive one set of two shot glasses. 

Harry Barker Reindeer Dog Toy

Waiting on Martha Home, $12

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We can’t forget our furry friends this time of year!  Harry Barker brings us another adorable dog toy, this time as a lovable reindeer that fits right under the Christmas tree. 

We’d gift this to our pups (or neighborhood pups!), of course. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one dog toy. 


Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

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