I love bunnies very, very much. And I think they are fun to have for Easter decor.
But this Easter, I decided to go with a theme on it being Resurrection Sunday.
So, I grabbed several things for my table, some on purpose and some without thinking too much about what I had assembled. So let’s go through what I have.
A lamb I bought from my dear friend Cindy at Edith and Evelyn. Of course the lamb represents Christ sent to be the Passover lamb.
Then I added a crown. The crown represent the divinity of Christ and also there is mention of believers being given crowns.
Then I grabbed some Salvia from my yard and placed it in a trophy, not really thinking of the significance. Again there is more imaginery of fighting the good fight and hanging on for the prize at the end. I think that trophy represents that prize at the end of life. I looked up ‘Salvia’ to see if it had any spiritual significance.
I know plants have a meaning even into the Victorian time period. I looked up the significance of the plant. Blue Salvia means ‘I think of you’ and the red Salvia means ‘Forever mine’. Well although not explicitly religious, I think it still fits with our Easter/ Resurrection Sunday theme. I love the ‘forever mine’ part which can allude to eternity. Yes this Salvia is actually purple, but I couldn’t find a meaning for purple Salvia.
I also found the Latin meaning for the word ‘Salvia’ and it means ‘wise’. Of course purple has always been associated with royalty.
I also had some daisies in some ironstone pitchers. Daisies represent purity, innocence, loyal love, beauty and patience. Wow I love the connection here to Easter. Dying on a cross was an act of loyal love, it was done with purity and innocence, beauty (the lamb had to be spotless) and patience of what was to come of it, the saving of so many.
You can see the olive branches in the background. Olives of course were very important in Jesus time because they used olive oil for cooking and as fuel for lamps.
All of this sits on an antique linen tablecloth. Of course Jesus was wrapped in linen after his death.
There is a blue stripe on the tablecloth, and blue is the color of the tribe of Judah, which is the line that Jesus descended from.
This is the monogram on the tablecloth. I believe it is an “S J”. I’m not sure what to make of the significance of that letters, but I thought I would share that. According to the Urban Dictionary, SJ is “Abbreviation for Society of Jesus, a religious order founded by Ignatius of Loyola. Members are called Jesuits.”
I think it’s very interesting how it all came together. The only thing I really added to make it “Easter” was the lamb and the crown, and yet so much of what is going on in here, fits with our Easter theme.
And this represents my life. I do simple, small things, having no clue what I am doing, while God pulls it all together and makes something beautiful out of it.
I hope you have a very blessed Easter Sunday next weekend.
Are you going to Round Top? I hope to see you there, March 26th at The Compound.
Lynda Brandly says
Thank you for sharing your faith in Christ and for expressing it so beautifully in your Easter table setting, Anita! I love all the meanings of each item and how they express the heart and character of our loving Savior. May we celebrate His life, death and resurrection not only on Easter, but every day of our lives!
love and blessings~
Lynda @ Gates of Crystal
What a beautiful, meaningful table, Anita! I, too, love bunnies, and many years ago that’s what was mostly used in my home decor for Easter. But over the years, my Easter decorating has evolved around the lamb. The significance is so special. Thank you for sharing your beautiful table.
Lory at Designthusiasm says
Anita, your table is beautiful and I enjoyed reading about the meaningful imagery.
As someone who celebrates Passover, a holiday rife with imagery laced into the Seder meal, several of your objects would carry over to that table as well, particularly the paschal lamb. In our tradition, we use a lamb shank as part of the Seder plate, to signify God’s passing over homes with lamb’s blood smeared on the lintel, in order to avoid the tenth plague (to then be led from bondage out of Egypt). The blue stripe in the tablecloth is a wonderful use of the tribe of Judah blue (I may have to borrow that idea for my Passover table this year!) and is generally used in Hebrew prayer shawls called tallit.
I often use blue and white for my holiday decor, but I love the way you used the vintage linen cloth, because it marries your (and my) aesthetic tastes with our religious traditions. Beautifully done! The crown is lovely too. Not sure if I can work that into Passover, but it certainly is the crowning glory of your table… 🙂
Wishing you a blessed Easter!
Thank you for your insights Lory.
Moriah C says
Your table is beautiful and I love how it displays the reason why we worship our Savior and the true meaning of Easter all without saying a word. Such beautiful and reflective imagery. Thank you for blessing us today. Happy Easter to you & your family
What a beautiful Easter table! I too, love bunnies but always wish for ways to make my Easter table more relevant to what we are actually celebrating. Thank you for these ideas!
Nancy Brantley says
Loved this Easter Table for the true meaning of Easter, Anita! I love bunnies but I also know and decorate for the true meaning of Easter. Thanks for posting this for Jesus…..
Adele Bass says
This is such a beautiful post,Anita. My precious mother died last year on Easter. What a lovely reminder this is to me of her life and her devout belief in her eternal destination. I am so thankful that I know that I have this hope as well. Have a wonderful and blessed Easter.
I’m so sorry for you loss Adele. I hope you had a lovely Easter celebration.
Connie Brown says
Christ has indeed risen. He is no longer here, just as he said. Matthew 28:6
Thank you for the insight into the significance of some of these items. I have a thing for crowns because we are royalty, we are the children of the King.
Absolutely beautiful in both its’ simplicity and meaning.
Easter Blessings to you and your family.
Beautiful as always. Hope you will be coming to the Phoenix area for a book signing. God Bless.
Oh great idea Tina.
Oh, Anita. I think this ranks as one of the most beautiful and meaningful posts for Easter. I am so impressed as to how how you took seemingly disparate pieces and wove them together into something of great significance. What an expression of our Lord’s heart for us. Thank you for sharing. God bless!
Thank you Shirley.
Shawn Cole says
What a a prophetic table. I love it ,love it, love it! Only the Spirit of God could have woven together such a beautiful story through a table setting. I marvel at the things God uses to speak to the children of mankind if we have the ears to hears it!
The clues are there for sure. It’s our job to find them Shawn.
Anita, I am so sorry to have missed you at Round Top yesterday! We didn’t find The Compound until it was too late. We walked around some in two of the buildings and ate cheeseburgers from the Holy Grille trailer. They were open later than usual.
Love your vignette and appreciate all the significance of it. Happy Easter!
Oh bummer Daphne, I’m sorry I didn’t get to see you.
Thank you so much for sharing the lovely display of real meaning for Easter. Though I am housebound this year and not well enough to celebrate with others I am singing praises for the resurrection and enjoying the beauty of spring from my window. I am finding much deeper meaning in simplicity in my golden years and so thankful for the little things in life. I know God inspired your unique display.
Thanks Marie. I pray you had a lovely celebration.
Love your Table, and the your theme. is beautiful. Have a Blessed Easter!!!
Susan W. says
Isn’t it amazing how we can see Jesus in so many things? It was so sweet that you put so much thought into your table. Loved it all.
This was a joy to put together and write about.
Anita, the previous comments express my sentiments exactly. Thank you for sharing your faith with us.
Mary Barber says
Thank you for sharing your faith. I couldn’t agree more……
Phyllis Thomason says
Love it!!!! Beautiful table with beautifulmessage.
Anita, thank you so much for inspiring me to be more purposeful in my Easter table settings. As I’ve grown …ahem…older, I’ve notice how much more meaningful these special celebrations have become to me. I’ll never look at Easter in the same way again. What a beautiful testimony of your love for the Savior who gave His life for us all.
Karen you are too kind.
Parsimonious Decor Darling says
What a beautiful and meaningful post, just like your gorgeous setting.
Of all the posts I have been reading about Easter, this was the best. I love anything related to spring, (bunnies, etc.) but love the Lord more of course and feel He should be the emphasis and center of Easter.
Thank you so very much for telling the meanings and details; definitely sounds like God had a hand in helping you put it together! Thank you and God bless.
Elizabeth Brown says
I don’t know how I missed this article before, but I just read it. Your beautiful table! So meaningful, and, even though Christmas is almost here, the Raster sacrifice is always in the background. Old Masters paintings of the Madonna and Child often reference to this event in their backgrounds.
Anyway, much enjoyed this share of your beautiful table.
Sandi from Wisconsin says
Beautiful post! I love all the meaningful items on your Easter table. Have a wonderful Easter with your loved ones. May God keep you in His care.
Laura Whittington says
I also did something similar on my mantle, I have a large lamb I placed a crucifix around it’s neck to represent the sacrificial lamb, a crown represents king of kings and lord of lords, a cross nearby represents his death on the cross. Grass with eggs represents the new life we have in Christ .
MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says
Anita, this is such a beautiful post! Thanks, so much, for sharing this with us. Just love how you have arranged your beautiful table and how you have explained the symbolism of everything. It’s so beautiful!
This Easter is going to be so different for most of us with all this uncertainty. However, we still have our Lord and Savior who is still on the Throne and we have so much to be thankful for — even in these days! We have to keep looking up to Him! He knows all about what each of us is going through. He hears our every prayer!
Have a blessed Easter with your family!
Mary-Ann, may you have a blessed Easter!!!
Peggy Born says
I read this today like I had never seen it before. Maybe it’s because this year is so “different” and what you said is really touching my soul. Thank you for sharing and for being my sister in Him! Hallelujah! He is Risen! Love you.