Easter in the Garden with Diane Keaton
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Forget the holiday hype and keep the Easter table simple, à la Diane Keaton. For our annual spring table setting, we asked Keaton for her views on Easter: "The whole point of celebrating is to take it out of the tired traditions and make it new and fresh," she says. "When I was growing up, we kept it simple; we dyed eggs (my mother, Dorothy, was a real crafts person) and we ran around the yard." In that spirit, we came up with a table setting featuring foraged greens from a friend's garden in Napa, tableware from Keaton, local eggs dyed with hibiscus blooms, and Easter treats from Bay Area favorites Miette and Bell'occhio . Photography by Nicole McIntosh Bruce for Remodelista. Above: We stacked plates and bowls in grass and white from the K by Keaton line (a 12-piece Dinnerware Set is $59.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond ; also available in bark and wheat). The ribbon-wrapped crate of real eggs filled with chocolate is from Miette . The greenery comes from the gardens at Frog's Leap winery and includes chives in bloom, camelias, apple blossom, fennel fronds, and a lettuce pulled from the ground. Above: The purple blossom is Western Redbud, a California native, and the white pear blossom is Amire Joannet, a French heirloom; both are from the gardens at Frog's Leap. We piled a vintage silver tray with pale blue and green eggs from Rela Gleason's chickens, and eggs dyed with hibiscus flowers (we boiled white-shelled eggs in water infused with dried Hibiscus Flowers ; $1.79 from Amazon). Above: A bowl and plate in grass from K by Keaton ; the silver-plated French flatware ($150 for a five-piece setting) and the natural-colored Matteo heavyweight Sanders linen napkin ($16) are from Summer House in Mill Valley. The Dosa Tumbler ($4.25 from OK in Los Angeles) is a favorite with Keaton. Above: An array of well-proportioned K by Keaton dinnerware in grass and white. Above: We like to mix up our table settings with different colored napkins; the watermelon pink Belgian linen Libeco napkins ($32 each) are from Summer House in Mill Valley. Above: For a children's table setting, we used the graphic YUM Plates by K for Keaton (she confesses to being "in love with words"); $4.99 each from Bed, Bath & Beyond (they are also available printed with the words Bite, Eat, and Good). The runner is a Moss Tablecloth ($32 for a 2-by-4-foot section from Bell'occhio. Succulent candles from Roost ($13 from Summer House ) provide illumination. The vintage glasses are filled with pastel malt balls from Miette, the silver-plated spoons are from Summer House, and the colorful paper-wrapped Italian caffarels are from Miette . The Cosine Trug ($18 from Bellochio) holds an array of pale blue and green eggs.