Monday, March 20, 2023

An Easter Brunch Buffet and Cloche Inspiration

Hi there friends, today I'm sharing a chunk of Easter inspiration, because Easter will be here in just a few short weeks. I've been blogging for about 14 years and have a few Spring and Easter posts in the archive that I hope are still current and relevant. I was concentrating on ideas for Easter cloches, so I thought I'd share this one specifically, because it contains 3 versions of an Easter cloche.

This is from 2015 at our last home, and contains ideas for cloches, tablerunners, and a vintage wicker florist basket.

It all started with this wonderful multi-colored Waverly Toile fabric I found for a new table runner in my Dining Room. I knew I wanted something "Green" for Spring, but wasn't sure which direction I wanted to go. Once I saw this, I knew it would make the perfect backdrop for a Country French inspired Easter Brunch Buffet.

I brought out my wedding "china", which isn't really china, but French Faience. Faience is an earthenware tin-glazed pottery, hand painted and kiln fired. Some of the individual flowers are almost 3-Dimensional to the touch. They vary in depth and hue, as each one is painted by hand.

I wanted to mix the bright handmade florals of the Faience with my small Staffordshire, English teapots and a few cloches. It's perfect for a vintage inspired tablescape for an intimate Spring Brunch and Tea. As you can see I've invited a few special "friends" to the gathering.

I didn't actually host the buffet but having fun bringing out vintage pieces, pottery, and thinking up ways to display all the elements. The most fun was putting together the cloches.

I just happened to find these two vintage Easter graphic stand-ups years ago at a vintage market boutique. I've never seen them again, but the graphics are available on the internet and with a little tweaking you could make your own standup plywood or cardboard Lamb and Rabbit for Spring and Easter decor.

A flat of Purple Pansies enticed me to bring out my cloches for "Spring under Glass". Since the concept for a cloche is to use for live plants, I especially enjoyed planting some spring blooms in a vintage floral china teapot.

An antique "tea for one" teapot 

 The Ironstone tureen, one of my favorite pieces, is French Opaque de Sarreguemines, from the late 1800's.

I think I must have "styled" all these pieces one hundred different ways. But it was so much fun, starting out with just a fabric piece and letting it choose the plates, flowers, teapots and baskets.

The smaller cloches needed a less fussy approach, so it ended up being vintage clay pots, moss, and a single egg. I love using vintage florist baskets for small "vignettes", and this was fun to squeeze a clay pot inside for easy access for the utensils. 

Here are a few examples of Easter cloche ideas with plenty of different themes. Bunnies and rabbits, lambs, china cups, nests, eggs, live plants, and prints and graphics. I think anything and everything looks more special under glass, but combining elements and building a small "vignette" within the dome takes it to a higher level. 

Here is the same cloche vignette I used for the buffet table but I added a bit more. While the rabbit and grapevine nest are sweet, I like to see a cloche extend upward and fill the space. I did that here using faux ivy.


Books and greenery add dimension and "fill" the space. Moss and greenery are always a wonderful base to build on.

Adding dishes and china to the mix gives more color and a base for display.

Prints and graphics help fill the space and give more interest in a larger dome.

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Eggs and nests with an organic feel are perfect for Easter into later Spring.

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Live plants work beautifully in a cloche, since that is what they were originally created for in the garden with new plantings. Planting some ferns in a silver creamer make it organic and elegant. Notice the wood slices as a base for many of the cloches. It gives an organic feel for many of the nature inspired elements.

Here's another cloche with a live African Violet. You can see that it's real because of the condensation inside the dome.

A live spring hyacinth bulb planted in beautiful china.

If you'd like more Spring and Easter Cloche ideas you can find them HERE and HERE

joining in here:

The House on Silverado,  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
All About Home at Common Ground and Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
 Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch 
  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life  Home Imagined at the Antique Journey
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode, Wednesday Link Party at Our Tiny Nest
 Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn
 Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Home Matters at Southern SunflowersGrace at Home at Imparting Grace
Farmhouse Friday at  County Road 407  Fabulous Friday at WM Design House 


  1. Some wonderful ideas Debra, and I love especially anything with bunnies, blooms or sheep! I'm almost done decorating for Easter. Spring will follow. And all good! Happy New Week!

  2. I love it all but especially the tea pot with flowers under the cloche. Spring is getting closer. Hugs. Kris

  3. Such a beautiful spring table Debra! Thanks so much for sharing in on the Fabulous Friday Link party. We will be featuring it on the link party this week!


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