Moodboard Mondays: Spring Entertaining

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With the impending Easter holidays just around the corner, we’ve had spring entertaining on the mind as this is a time made all the sweeter when spent with family and friends, flowers, Sunday roasts, and baskets full of chocolate.  Particularly inspired by a slightly muted vintage palette, we’re encouraging mismatched china, wrinkled linens, Robin’s egg blues, lavenders, gold accents, DIY nests, vintage whites, grays, dusty pinks, and other springtime subtleties (think birds feathers, vintage bunting, etc.).

Our spring flowers of choice include the obvious tulips, lilies, and daffodils but also pussy willow, apple blossom branches, quince branches, hyacinths, muscari, pansies, bright colored poppies, peonies, dogwood, delphinium and larkspur, and any loosely assembled arrangements that looks as though its been swept straight from the stand of a farmers market.

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Image credits (top) :spring flowers in vases marthastewart.com , vintage bunny Rip + Tan , tulips and pussy willows Frugalflower.com, bowtie 100layercake.com, peep bunting The Tortoise and the Hare

Image credits (bottom):Table 100layercake.com, Linen Easter sign potterybarn.com, macaroons in china Sugarbaker & Toad, Watercolor “Eggshells + Feathers” Trisha Hayman, dyed simple syrups A Subtle Revelry , China Plate  Sugarbaker & Toad, gold easter egg and egg cup StudioDIY.com, spring flowers in eggcups marthastewart.com, vintage hats – Josh Goleman, 100layercake.com, yellow bunting Intimateweddings on Etsy, pussy willow nest marthastewart.com

 

Spring Is Here (finally)

A list of our picks for Seattle’s finest spring-time offerings…

Today Marks the first day of Spring, so to celebrate we’ve started compiling a list of some of the best of Seattle in the spring.

Take note of when the University of Washington’s famed cherry blossom lined quad will hit their full and spectacular bloom.  Pack a picnic, and canoodle under a canopy of pink.

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The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (April 1-30, 2013) calls for pulling on your rainboots, bringing along your best lens, and trekking it out to Mt Vernon to join the crowds in marvelling as millions of tulips burst into bloom on farms scattered through the valley.

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Spring Skiing!  Seattlites can reap the benefits of being just a quick jaunt from two fabulous ski resorts well into the spring season with Snoqualmie Pass just a 45 minute drive from Downtown Seattle and Stevens Pass just 78 miles East of Seattle is also part of the beautiful cascade loop and may offer more snow further into spring as it is the higher of the two! Both are an easy day trip, or even half day trip given their proximity to the city, and well worth the trek for a couple of runs on a brighter spring day.
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Late Spring (beginning of May) brings the 39 year Seattle tradition of Duck Dodge back to the Lake Union waters and provides for many a capture-worthy photo moment on Tuesday nights as they line their boats up to party as the sun sets behind Queen Anne Hill .  Lucky enough to get out on the water and actually take part?…check the official 2013 Duck Dodge schedule to scan the rules and get the scoop on what kind of costume to don before ducking and dodging your way across the lake.
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...To be continued