Saturday, March 22, 2014

Easter Table Set to Celebrate

For my Saturday in Ellen's kitchen I wanted to share some ideas on setting an Easter Table. It's not too early to think about Easter as it's just a month away.
My centerpiece is the Traditional Russian Easter Bread (Kulich or Paska), Colored Eggs, and hollow Chocolate Russian Matryoshka dolls that I purchased at an International/Ukrainian Deli in Lynnwood, Washington. The pink glass cake plate came from Target. The little signs the bunnies are holding announce that Christ is Risen ~ Truly He is Risen in Russian.
The china is Royal Albert Moss Rose that I purchased in Canada in 1976.
 The stemware and napkin rings are Target clearance. Napkins are from a thrift store and the tablecloth is from Goodwill at $4.99. The runner is also from Goodwill but I forget what I paid. You do not have to spend a lot of money to set a table. I love to mix patterns and colors and add some layering for extra effect. Fresh flowers add a lot to the table. If you have small jars you can add flowers at each place setting. Start with your dishes and depending on the color of them mix and match patterns to go with them. If your dishes are white the skies the limit!
Our traditional molded sweet cheese spread that is called Seernaya Paska in Russian. The XB is for Христос Воскрес (Christos Voskress), Christ is Risen!
Here's another way to decorate your Seernaya Paska using edible flowers.

We squeezed 12 around this table and had a wonderful time celebrating the Resurrection of Christ!

Our Paska/Easter cooking class is on March 25th at Lepp Farm Market. If it's not sold out why don't you come and join us.

16 comments:

  1. A traditional dish for us (from my hubby's side) is "sudra"....a Polish breakfast dish served cold. Ingredients are 2 kinds of bread, 3 kinds of meat, hard boiled eggs, soured milk or yogurt (we use sour cream) and lots of horseradish!!! The components are the items that the farmers would take to church to have blessed that would then be made into this dish with extra Polish sausage served on the side and a cheesecake made with dry curd cottage cheese ( the flavor is awesome but the texture is not as creamy smooth as the type made with cream cheese). This dish has to "grow on you" as I did not grow up in a household that used horseradish at all. Now, I'm totally "hooked" on that!!!!! Beautiful post!!!!!!

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  2. Ellen, that is all soooo pretty ! You have a gift ! and those around your table are blessed to enjoy it !

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  3. Ellen, your china dishes look very impressive. I have the same ones and they do make a lovely table setting. Must get out my
    paska recipe as Easter is coming very soon. Thanks for all your posts. They bring back a lot of memories. Happy cooking!

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  4. Very pretty, Ellen! What sort of pan do you use for the Paska?

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    1. Vee, I have a stash of old coffee cans and pineapple juice cans that I use for my paska...

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    2. Oh! Pineapple juice, here I come!

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  5. hello - that is a very pretty post - isn't it fun to find such lovely items at the goodwill and bring them back to a place of importance and ceremony.

    do you know where I might find the chocolate dolls in North Vancouver BC - or greater Vancouver BC
    Matryoshka
    thank you and I just got out my box of Easter spring items
    just listen to the birds outside now here in SW BC.

    Margo

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    1. Margo, I'm sorry to say I do not know a source for the chocolate dolls. You might google international or Ukrainian markets/delis.

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  6. What a lovely table! I've started making Easter decorations too !

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  7. Those are my Mom's dishes, which my sister has...very beautiful and so springlike. I love all the colors and I love how your Paska bread and sear net spread compliment the whole event. Unfortunately we will be thinking wedding during this Easter event. Not too much Paska here.

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  8. That looks so beautiful and inviting !!

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  9. Your Easter tablescape is so pretty Ellen!! I'm saving my onion skins to make dyed eggs for Easter and I also plan to make a butter lamb for the Easter table again this year. If I lived closer you know that I would be at that Paska baking class!!! Hope you share some pictures, or better yet - a youtube video!!? Can't wait to make mine.

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    1. That's can't wait to make my Paska - not a youtube video - lol!

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  10. Can you please publish your recipes for the Paska and the sweet cheese spread? Thank you.

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    1. JMS, Both recipes can be found on this blog under Mennonite Recipes.

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  11. I absolutely love how your heritage and family traditions come alive. So very pretty.

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