Holiday Table

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. Three

What We're Gifting This Year + A Major Giveaway to Enter Now
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As I’m sure you’ve seen, we kicked off the week with our holiday gift guides, each jam-packed with unique ideas for just about everyone on your list.  And to make it even merrier, we’ve offered a MAJOR giveaway with EACH gift guide (I’m talking retail values of $450+!). 

That’s right, one lucky winner will receive almost everything you see in this picture today!  So go on, enter today’s giveaway via Rafflecopter 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.  I think you’ll agree that it’s a nice range of thoughtful and irresistible goodies (yummy homemade jams, leather driving gloves, a cozy fisherman’s sweater and more) that would look great under the tree this year. 

A big thank you to our generous friends at Mark & Graham, Elizabeth Heard, Blackberry Patch, Heirloomed and Sapelo Skincare for making our giveaway dreams come true today for Gift Guide No. Three!  Good luck friends, and let’s keep the holiday cheer going!  Truly, MKR

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

Women's Cable Cardigan

Mark & Graham, $250

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There’s nothing better than snuggling up in a big sweater by the fire all holiday season long.  That’s why this “fisherman” sweater is at the top of our list.  Its shawl collar and cable knit gives it a refined shape, and the elbow patches, front patch pockets and four buttons are quintessential cozy. 

We’d gift this to the person on our list who can be found by the crackling fire this Christmas. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one sweater in preferred size with monogram if desired. 

Whirl Convertible Styling Wand with Interchangeable Tapered Barrel

T3, $185

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The cream of the crop of hair tools right now, this curling iron is a must-have for the lux stylist on your list (or yourself!). Winner of Allure Best of Beauty’s “Best Curling Iron” in 2016, it’s sure not to disappoint, and is well-worth the steep price tag. 

We’d gift this to ourselves (let’s be honest here). 

Leather Charger Roll Up

Mark & Graham, $49

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This gorgeous leather roll up proves to be a solution for tangled cords and lost ear buds when you’ve gone wheels-up or road tripping. Available in several rich colors, the personalized monograms take this gift to the next level. 

We’d gift this to the Type-A traveler in our life.  

*Giveaway winner will receive one charger roll up in preferred color and monogram if desired. 

Southern Biscuit Ceramic Gift Set

Heirloomed, $60

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Homemade biscuits just cannot be beat.  And this sweet ceramic set by local Atlanta company Heirloomed celebrates the art of making them the right way.  Make the baker on your list smile this year with this fantastic stocking stuffer. 

We’d gift this to someone who appreciates the beauty of the homemade southern biscuit. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one biscuit set. 

Men's Italian Driving Gloves

Mark & Graham, $125

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These handmade leather driving gloves are the ultimate in classic luxury, but they’re practical enough for everyday use. They’re the perfect thing that they didn’t know they needed, and wouldn’t buy themselves.

We’d gift this our hard-to-buy-for fathers this year. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one pair in preferred size. 

Bluboom Bluetooth Speaker

Mark & Graham, $99

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Form meets function with this sleek bluetooth speaker. Listening to tunes on the go never looked (or sounded) better than with this warm rosewood portable speaker. Its rechargeable lithium battery even lasts up to seven hours. 

We’d sneak this in the stocking for the tech-obsessed in our life. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one speaker. 

Jam & Jelly Gift Crate

Blackberry Patch, $19.95

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We’re suckers for homemade jams and jellies, and would love receiving this gift ourselves! Aren’t the best gifts always the ones that you want to keep for yourself?!

This gift crate includes some of Blackberry Patch’s top sellers: apple butter, strawberry fig preserves and blueberry jam.  We especially love this set as it’s the perfect way to share small, handmade southern goodness to family and friends at a nice price point. 

We’d gift this to just about anyone on our list!

*Giveaway winner will receive one set of three jams. 

"Take a Bow" Pop the Cork Hair Barrette, "Lucky Charms" Heart Clip, "Lucky Charms" Silver Bow

Elizabeth Heard, $14.50-$40

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These sweet barrettes and hair clips are the perfect stocking stuffers that keep on giving long into the new year.  We included the best-selling cork bow from our friend Elizabeth Heard, as well as two effortless additions to your everyday look: a gold heart and gold bow. 

We’d gift this to the girl that knows the power of a good hair day. 

*Giveaway winner will receive all three barrettes. 

Rosemary Cleanser, Softening Emolient, Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Milk & Honey Hydrating Mask,

Sapelo Skincare, $38-$75

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We’ve gushed about Sapelo products HERE before; this amazing nature-based southern skincare line is luxury beauty at its best.  We’ve included four must-try products (think a great daily cleanser, an ultra hydrating oil and a heavenly body and face lotion) in today’s gift guide because the products look as beautiful under the tree as they do on your bathroom counter.

We’d gift this set to the true beauty buff in our life. 

*Giveaway winner will receive all four Sapelo Skincare products. 


Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

Waiting on Martha’s Holiday Gift Guide No. One

Stop What You're Doing and Enter This Giveaway
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Waiting on Martha Holiday gift guide: Part I

It’s that time of year, friends, and oh do we have some MAJOR goodness in store for you!  We’re kicking off a round of five, that’s right…FIVE holiday gift guides and giveaways this month to celebrate the season.  

Over the next week we’ll be sharing everything we’re planning on gifting this year; the what, the to who, and the why we’re gifting it, plus we’re giving it all away!! That’s right we’re giving it all away to one lucky winner!  Almost everything you see in this picture, customized in colors, sizes and selects, just for one lucky, lucky winner!  Well technically 5 lucky winners since we’re doing five guides. 

Anyway, check out all the details from Gift Guide Number One below, and of course the giveaway entry form widget.  A big thanks to our generous friends at Simply Framed, Williams-Sonoma, Mark & Graham, Ashley Brooke Designs, Emily Ley, One Love Organics, Thimble Press and Daily Harvest for making all of our giveaway dreams come true!  Without further adieu, I invite you to check out all of the products below (with shoppable links if you just can’t wait until the giveaway is through!). Good luck, good luck and let’s cheers to a great start to gift guide season!   Truly, MKR

Grace, Not Perfection

Emily Ley, $12

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It’s an inspirational book that encourages women to simplify and prioritize. Designed with EL’s stunning signature aesthetic, this book gives us tangible ways to simplify our lives to give space to what matters most. 

We’d gift this to a friend, sister, cousin, or coworker who does it all. 

*Giveaway winner will receive a copy. 

Framed Picture

Simply Framed, $65+

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Simply Framed helps make gifting a whole lot easier this holiday season. Simply send in your art, pick your frame, and receive your custom framed piece, ready to hang on the gallery wall! 

We’d gift art to one of those they’ve-got-everything people on our list!

Receive a 10% discount on your custom framing project with code WAITMARTH10. xo 

Skin Dew & Vitamin E Eye Balm

One Love Organics, $58 and $49

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Easily two of our favorite products by One Love Organics, the Skin Dew and Vitamin E Eye Balm are true essentials for your everyday skincare routine. See the difference of all natural products on your skin and tell us you’re not in love, too!!!

We’d gift these to our beauty-obsessed bestie or mother. 

*Giveaway winner will receive both products. 

Cosmetics Case

Mark & Graham, $79

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An everyday must-have, this gorgeous leather cosmetic case is perfect for keeping makeup, coins and small items in your bag while you run around town…and even better when going wheels-up on your next vacay! 

We’d gift these to a sister, friend (or any jet-setter!). 

*Giveaway winner will receive a customized cosmetic bag with color of their choice. 

Alphabet Cookie Stamp Set

Williams-Sonoma, $19.95

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Customized cookies are perfect for holiday gifting (and noshing!).  This stamp set makes it easy to whip up monograms and festive sayings. 

We’d include these in a gift basket for a coworker, neighbor or relative.

*Giveaway winner will receive one cookie stamp set. 

6 pack Ready-to-Blend Smoothies

Daily Harvest, $47.94

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These irresistibly easy and delicious ready-to-blend smoothies are a freezer staple for Team WOM. Not only do they taste amazing, they’re packed with all the good stuff we need to be fueled for the day. 

We’d gift these to a health-conscious bestie.

*Giveaway winner will receive six smoothies of choice. 

Pima Cotton Pajamas

LAKE, $68-115

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Quite possibly THE softest pajamas around, LAKE gives us reason to stay in bed all day long.  Classic prints in separates, shorts sets and pants sets have us living in LAKE all year ’round. 

We’d gift these to a sister or mother to enjoy our Christmas morning movie marathon!

*Giveaway winner will receive a pajamas set of their choice. 

Mr. Handsome Coffee Mug

Ashley Brooke Designs, $23

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It’s hard to deny just how cute this mug is for the Mr. by our friend Ashley Brooke.  We’d go so far as to say it’ll ensure a smile every morning! 

We’d gift this to our favorite husband!

*Giveaway winner will receive one mug. 

The Day Dreamer

Thimble Press, $48

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This planner is more than just a planner; it’s a place to track ideas, notes, to-do lists, inspiration, and the random things that fill up any day. It’s the the perfect companion for those of us who also use an online calendar to schedule their lives. It’s the perfect place to be creative, plan and explore!

We’d gift this to a fellow dreamer, hustler and shaker. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one planner.

Fancy Pencil Set

Ashley Brooke Designs, $15

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In bright and bold colors with cheeky sayings, these Fancy pencils are a true desk essential.

We’d be sure to gift these to a coworker, friend or teacher. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one set of pencils. 

PLEASE NOTE: Giveaway items will be shipped directly from each retailer. xo 

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

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