There’s a saying that April showers bring May flowers, so it’s interesting to recall that May 1 has been associated historically with the tradition of the May Basket.

This quaint custom of gathering flowers to hang in baskets on the doors of friends, neighbors, and loved ones isn’t widely celebrated today, but it should be. We’re so charmed by the very thought of this tradition that we’d love to see even more blooms year-round.

And so would Janice Morrow of Newport Beach, California, who writes about her love of flowers on her blog, Fig and Twigs, and on Instagram. Floral design is Janice’s passion, and gardenias are her favorite flowers, because their fragrance brings back childhood memories of the gardenias that her mother planted in a long row beneath a living room window. Today, Janice grows many of her own flowers (including her own gardenias), makes weekly pilgrimages to local flower markets, and creates beautiful designs for her clients. She’s also a big fan of MacKenzie-Childs and often incorporates our pieces into her creations.

Janice believes in taking the intimidation out of floral design. She wants you to know there aren’t hard-and-fast rules and that your floral creations should reflect your personality. But that said, she also offers several helpful hints that will enhance your finished creations:

  • Consider more than the standard glass vase for your floral arrangement. How about a galvanized bucket or a watering can to give the flowers an abundant, farm-fresh look? Or try an old teapot or even the center of a wreath. If you’re uncertain that the container you’ve chosen is watertight, create the arrangement in a plastic container and put that inside of the display container. If you use a low container, a few pieces of waterproof tape across the top in a grid pattern will help to keep the elements of the arrangement in place.
  • Start with cold, fresh water and add one tablespoon of FloraLife ’s Flower Food 300 per one quart of water. This additive (available online and in floral shops) keeps the water fresh longer by inhibiting bacterial growth.
  • Don’t use floral foam products, which can clog stems, preventing water absorption. Look for old-fashioned metal flower frogs or use a little chicken wire if the arrangement needs support. Janice also recommends that you make a fresh cut on every stem that goes into the arrangement to ensure water absorption.
  • Begin with your biggest piece of green fill to create a base for the flowers to lean against. Then add a few more pieces of fill to develop the shape of the arrangement. Fill, by the way, can be everything from boxwood clippings to flowering branches to leathery ferns.

  • Next, add the largest flower so you know how much space you have for other flowers. Janice doesn’t subscribe to the notion that flowers have to be added in odd numbers, but she does like clusters of blooms. “It’s a very European way of adding color,” she says. The final floral elements should be the delicate flowers such as tulips or spray roses, which Janice tucks into the arrangement’s openings.
  • Consider the setting for your arrangement. If you’re designing for the dining table, keep the arrangement no more than 12 inches tall so you can see and speak with your guests. It’s OK to have a few twigs or blooming branches sticking up to add a little interest to the arrangement.
  • Change  the water about every four days to help the arrangement last longer. If you can easily lift the stems out without changing the structure of the design too much, trimming the stems is another way to increase the length of freshness. Additionally, if you have a warm home, it’s a good idea to place your floral arrangement outside in the evening (weather permitting, of course); the cooler air will help to keep the flowers fresh longer.

Finally, relax and have fun with the flowers. “Do your thing,” says Janice. “The vase becomes the page, and you’re the author.”

 

There are good reasons why the kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. It’s where memories simmer and are savored, generation after generation.

There are also benefits that come with this bonding. While our busy lives can make it a challenge to eat together, studies show families that spend time in the kitchen and actually gather for meals are happier and healthier.

That theme of food and family is included in Jessica Merchant’s latest cookbook, The Pretty Dish. Jessica writes the blog How Sweet Eats and dedicated The Pretty Dish to her family, husband Eddie and children Max and Emilia. 

Jessica remembers her mother cooking dinner at home almost every night. “She made amazing comfort food and things that were just SO good that I can remember every bite,” says Jessica. One of her favorite memories is when her mother would make breakfast for dinner in the form of scrambled egg sandwiches. “It was such an easy, simple meal, but something that I loved and that I still look at as comfort food.”

As a mom, Jessica enjoys cooking with Max, who is 3 years old, and looks forward to cooking with Emilia, who is 4 months old. “Max loves when we cook dough (pizza dough is his favorite thing to make!), and I want to start that tradition of eating together as a family every single night.”

Jessica created a recipe for Grapefruit Rose Pound Cake specifically for Mother’s Day brunch. “In our family, everyone loves to eat cake for breakfast—especially my mom. She comes from a long line of sweet teeth—my grandma loved cake for breakfast too! I love the pound cake made in the bundt pan because it’s almost like coffee cake, which can be considered breakfast or a snack. So, cake for breakfast? Of course!”

Grapefruit Rose Pound Cake

Makes one 10-cup bundt cake

Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons freshly grated grapefruit zest

1 cup whole milk

 

Grapefruit Glaze

½ grapefruit, juiced and zested

2 cups powdered sugar

dried culinary rose petals for topping

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 10-cup bundt pan. (Don’t use a nonstick spray!) In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat together the softened butter and sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract.

With the mixer on low speed, beat in half of the dry ingredients, then beat in the milk. Alternate the dry ingredients and the milk one more time, ending with the dry ingredients. Beat in the grapefruit zest.

Scoop the batter into the floured pan and place the pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 65 to 75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before glazing.

 

Grapefruit Glaze

Whisk together the grapefruit juice, zest, and powdered sugar until combined. If the glaze is too runny, add a bit more powdered sugar, ¼ cup at a time. If it is too thick, add in more juice, 1 teaspoon at a time.

Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake. Sprinkle the crushed rose petals over top. Serve!

In a continuing celebration of our roots, we’re bringing back more of our Taylor ceramic patterns. Through May 13, you can order any of the 20 patterns in the collection in 10 servingware silhouettes.

Taylor is a fresh approach to color and pattern. The collection’s colors are truly a rainbow of hues; the patterns include everything from stripes to polka dots to squiggles and scallops. Taylor pieces mix and match with each other, and they work with other MacKenzie-Childs patterns as well. Try Taylor with Courtly Check Enamel Dinnerware, and you’ll see an eclectic combination that can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

Taylor has a special place in our history and in our hearts. Taylor is how we got our start, after all. We started painting it in the late 1980s, and it’s evolved over time. Some patterns were retired, and a few new ones were created.

Most Taylor patterns are named for people and places that are a part of our heritage. There’s Fran (playful orange flowers on a field of sky-blue polka dots), named for one of our first potters, and King Ferry (cherry-red tulips with blue squiggles and scallops), named for a nearby village.

Taylor is handcrafted in Aurora, New York, and from start to finish, at least ten people touch every piece. Each piece of Taylor is unique, and you can see the artisans’ hands reflected in the natural variations in depth of color and in brushstrokes.

We spoke with two of our decorators, who together have been with the company for more than 50 years, about painting Taylor. Lead decorator Tish Gibson has worked at MacKenzie-Childs for more than 25 years; decorator Eileen Winters has been here 32 years.

Tish and Eileen know the Taylor patterns by heart and paint them freehand. Their favorite patterns?

Eileen is partial to the first one that she learned: Keukenhof. Named for one of the world’s largest flower gardens in Lisse, Netherlands, it features a diagonal field of “splots,” which are bigger dots, and a bold squiggle in red, orange, and yellow that’s atop a field of aqua polka dots.

Tish likes Myrtle. It features daisy-like flowers, green and white checks, and wide stripes in yellow and blue. Its name was inspired by the floral-print apron of an Irish lass named Myrtle, who reminded everyone about the importance of kindness with her graceful hospitality.

They both enjoy painting Poplar Ridge. It’s named for another nearby location, which offers a spectacular view of Cayuga Lake from a hilltop just above Aurora. Tish and Eileen say that Poplar Ridge challenges them as artists. The pattern features more than a dozen different colors in a design that mixes harlequin diamonds with red tulips. “I love doing it,” says Eileen. “It’s a bigger palette of colors.”

We think that you’ll love Taylor too. If you collect Taylor, it’s the perfect time to add a unique piece that might be available for the very first time, or you can replace an heirloom that you thought was lost forever. If you’re new to Taylor, we invite you to go back to our roots and discover something that’s special and sentimental. Every piece of Taylor is a work of art that turns everyday ordinary into extraordinary.

 

It’s been a long, tough winter in our corner of Upstate New York. But now that spring has officially arrived, we’re excited to see our 65-acre campus, which is in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, come into bloom.

There are at least a dozen different gardens on our property, and they’re managed by Corinne Bowman, who has been with MacKenzie-Childs for more than 20 years. Corinne started working here when she was 16 years old, helping with the gardens during the summers. Three years ago, she became our estate manager, and in addition to overseeing the property, she tends to our menagerie of sheep, cattle, chickens, and geese.

Our campus overlooks Cayuga Lake, which is one of the 11 Finger Lakes. The lakes, located mostly between Rochester and Syracuse, were carved out by glaciers. Their slender shapes reminded early map-makers of human fingers, and the name stuck.

Here are a few facts about Cayuga Lake from Cayuga Lake Scene Byway:

  • At 38.2 miles long, Cayuga Lake is the longest of the Finger Lakes. It’s also the second deepest and is 435 feet at its deepest point.
  • The lake’s northern shore is near Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, and at the southern tip lies the city of Ithaca, home to Cornell University.
  • On the east side of Cayuga Lake, at its widest point, you’ll find the village of Aurora, which is just a few miles from our location.

This little geography lesson also explains why we’re in USDA Hardiness Zone 6A, which means plants here can withstand a minimum temperature of -10 degrees to -5 degrees Fahrenheit. In a good year, our growing season lasts about six months, from the first snowdrops in late March to the final pumpkins and gourds in early October.

Says Corinne, “Once the season starts, there’s always something up and blooming.” With that in mind, this blog will return regularly to our gardens in the next several months, highlighting a different spot that is at its peak of bloom. We also hope if you’re in the area that you’ll stop by and look for yourself. Our grounds are open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

Most of our flowering gardens include a mix of spring-blooming bulbs, perennials that fill in after those flowers fade, and some annuals that are planted for additional pops of color. The property also includes a large vegetable garden filled with several raised beds, a cutting garden of tulips, a grove of lilac bushes, a pumpkin patch, a couple of rose gardens, and water lilies that bloom in our pond. A greenhouse located behind two barns is where vegetables are started from seed in mid-April and where our flowering annuals grow from small plugs that are ordered online.

With all this activity, it’s probably no surprise that there isn’t much downtime during the season for Corinne and her summer staff of five. And in addition to the ongoing maintenance of the grounds, there are the daily challenges that range from the unpredictability of the weather to an abundance of plant-chewing deer.

Corinne looks forward to the growing season nonetheless. Her favorite time is when the tulips bloom, which should start in late April and peak by mid-May. Corrine says last year’s show was “spectacular,” and she planted more than 10,000 tulip and daffodil bulbs last fall in hopes of topping that.

Our next blog post on the gardens will focus on those areas. We’ll also share a few tips from Corinne for your spring garden and tell you how she tries to deal with the deer. In the meantime, here’s to a growing season that’s in full bloom.

At MacKenzie-Childs, we’re known for our happy take on home. We like to have fun, to mix and match colors and patterns, and to make you smile.

The names of our products reflect that, or as our Creative Director and Chief Brand Officer Rebecca Proctor says, “We have a funny, happy, unique point of view about home and an irreverent way with words.”

Put those two things together, and you get…the Ridiculous Bench, the Curiosity Carousel, the Rickrack Table, and so many more products with unique monikers.

It usually takes a few years for a product to go from being just an idea to a detailed sketch to a finished piece that you can hold in your hands. Some products have a name before they’re produced, which is the story behind the Mrs. Powers Dinner & Door Bell. It was inspired by a real person, the late Joan Powers, who lived near our studios in Aurora, New York.

Joan was a regular visitor to our Aurora shop, and Rebecca became friends with her. One day Rebecca was having tea at Joan’s house and noticed a unique iron bell hanging in the kitchen that had a pilgrim-like figure on it. Joan used the bell to call her husband, who was a farmer, in from the fields. We used that bell as inspiration, turned the pilgrim into a woman with a jaunty hat, added some floral details, and named it for Joan. Later, we added two more iron pieces, the Mrs. Powers Garden Gate and the Mrs. Powers Tuteur.

Other products have been inspired by literature, art or popular culture, like the Frida Cowlo pillow, named for Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. There’s also a large collection of products, including Christmas ornaments and tea towels, that pay homage to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

We’re also inspired by places both near and far. Many of our products trace their names to the Scottish heritage of our founders, Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs, including the Dirlie-Bane Table, the Inverness line of furniture, and our Thistle & Bee dinnerware.

Closer to home, there’s the Chicken Palace Jewelry Box and the Chicken Palace Jewelry Armoire, which feature the Chicken Palace at our estate. There’s also the intricately detailed Diorama Dining Table, which has a multilayered tabletop that highlights the beauty of nearby Cayuga Lake.

And there are times we design a product, look at it, and simply call it as we see it. Items that fall under this category, otherwise known as “it is what it is,” include:

  • Practical Pitcher: Its use for everything from summertime drinks to flowers makes this pitcher, available in three sizes and two patterns, well, practical.
  • Terrific Tray: That’s how we feel about this indispensable leather tray lined with our signature Courtly Check and featuring sturdy, bridle-inspired handles. It’s perfect for toting drinks or corralling items in the home office.
  • Everyday Bowl: Like the Practical Pitcher, we think you might be able to use this durable bowl just about every day. It holds everything from oatmeal in the morning to salad with dinner, and like the Practical Pitcher, it comes in a variety of sizes and patterns.
  • Tiny Tartan Table: Well, it’s tiny and it has a tartan top, and it’s very, very charming.
  • Tassel Table: What else do you call a table with a ceramic base that looks like one of our signature tassels? Yes, we thought so too.

To sum it all up, Rebecca says, “We make fun things, and we want our names to reflect that. We hope the name makes the item even more fun and pays homage to it.”

 

Courtly Check, one of our longest-running patterns, is probably our most beloved too. And because there’s so much that we love and want to celebrate about Courtly Check, we decided to expand on the idea of National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day on March 26 and make this week Courtly Check Week.

Courtly Check got its start more than 30 years ago when it first appeared on a hand-painted armoire as a thin border to separate two ornate patterns. Then in 1995, Courtly Check was featured on the enamelware in the Camp MacKenzie-Childs collection, which was designed for casual outdoor use and glamping. The enamelware was called Roasted Marshmallow because mixed in with the overall black and white check were subtle hints of additional colors that resembled the caramelized sugar on marshmallows toasted over an open fire. A few years later, the pattern was renamed Courtly Check after an editor referred to MacKenzie-Childs as “the court jester of tabletop.”

After making random appearances on a wide variety of designs, including hand-painted glassware, Courtly Check took off when it was incorporated into pottery production in 2004. In 2009, after years of development, we started printing it on linen, which gave way to our Underpinnings upholstered furniture collection and to dozens of other products.

Fast-forward nearly a decade later, and Courtly Check has become our undeniable signature. In fact, the Courtly Check name and pattern are registered U.S. trademarks. We hand-paint Courtly Check on ceramics and enamelware, and we print it on fabrics, wallpaper, and dozens of other products. Currently, you can find Courtly Check on everything from dinnerware to drapes, from pillows to Halloween pumpkins, and so much more. But did you know that we’ve also made Courtly Check boots, Courtly Check desk accessories, Courtly Check jewelry, and even a Courtly Check grill?

The pattern has so much versatility because it is so much more than a simple black and white check. In fact, it’s the additional colors in the pattern—including peacock blue, celadon green, and ochre—that give Courtly Check its texture and depth, says Kathy Connell, one of our designers who trains artisans in painting Courtly Check on enamelware.

With our hand-painted enamelware and ceramics, those additional colors are incorporated with a technique that we call “color dragging.” Because it is hand-done, there are subtle differences in color dragging that can vary a little from painter to painter, which makes every piece of Courtly Check its own work of art.

Tish Gibson, our lead decorator in ceramics, says decorators can always identify their own Courtly Check and can even pick out their pieces from a larger group.

It’s that bit of personality that makes every piece of Courtly Check unique and is one of the things that we love best about the pattern. We also love that it mixes and matches so well with some of our other patterns. Try it with the fresh blooms of our Flower Market pieces, and we think you’ll agree.

Courtly Check is chic, casual, and cozy all at the same time, and it’s become our classic.

Hip hip hooray, it’s Courtly Check Day! Check out our Courtly-Check-themed mobile wallpapers featuring one of our favorite designs and celebrate with us!

The court jester of our designs, Courtly Check brings cheer to any dreary day—making these mobile wallpapers the perfect go-to smile generator. Choose your favorite wallpaper, download it right here, and set it as the background on your phone. Then, take Courtly Check wherever you go!




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During the month of March, we’re reminded that women are smart, talented, and brave, and have been pivotal in the story of our nation. That’s because since 1987, March has officially been designated National Women’s History Month, an observance that traces its roots to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. Marked annually on March 8, International Women’s Day has evolved into a global celebration of the achievements of women as well as a call to accelerate gender parity.

Here at MacKenzie-Childs, it’s probably no surprise that women play a vital role. Our workforce is more than 60 percent female, with many in managerial and executive positions. Plus, most of our customers are women. We asked Rebecca Proctor, our creative director and chief brand officer (and one of the most amazing women that we know), for her thoughts on how the brand speaks to and celebrates women, and to share a little of her own personal journey.

On how the MacKenzie-Childs brand celebrates women:

“No doubt  about it, MacKenzie-Childs is clearly a women’s brand,” Rebecca says, noting there are three key reasons for that.

First, the brand celebrates home and family. “Home is a place of tranquility and beauty, and being the center of everything that’s driven, organized, and usually run by women, the brand relates to that,” Rebecca says.

Secondly, our brand makes  people happy and brings kindred spirits together. “It seems to shore up bonds between people,” Rebecca says. “Sisters love to give it to each other. Mothers and daughters love to give it. …It’s a centerpiece in a lot of relationships.”

And finally, with its irreverent take on decor, the brand celebrates what’s brave and bold. “It takes a certain amount of bravery to embrace our brand. We’re fearless in terms of the crazy combinations that we put together,” says Rebecca. “Women like to celebrate positive things. Our brand is strong, it’s bold, and we love to share it.”

An example of this boldness can be seen in one of our newest furniture lines—Queen Bee, which features—you guessed it—a bold yellow, gray, and black color palette, plus honeycomb and bee motifs. Says Rebecca, “The line is deliberate and it’s so much fun…it’s for someone who is brave and bold, intelligent, organized, and in charge.”

On her female mentors:

Rebecca says she’s been fortunate to have had several strong and smart women in her life, starting with her mother and her paternal grandmother. She also attended Garrison Forest School, an all-girls’ school founded in 1910 in Baltimore, Md., where, she says, creativity and confidence were equally encouraged.

At the age of 17, Rebecca became the “go-to girl” for Carrington Hooper, whom she describes as “a force in the Baltimore design community,” who taught her the ropes of the industry. From there, Rebecca studied art history and owned a clothing store with a female best friend. In 1991, she came to MacKenzie-Childs, where she had the opportunity to work with and learn from two “incredible” female mentors.

The first was Victoria MacKenzie-Childs, one of the founders of the company. “She was a real dynamo, a real powerhouse, full of positivity and unstoppable,” says Rebecca. “She was the one who taught me about finding beauty in the everyday.”

Her second mentor was Pleasant Rowland, who owned MacKenzie-Childs from 2001 to 2008 and had previously created the American Girl brand. “Working with her was incredibly inspiring,” Rebecca says of Pleasant.  “She has such attention to detail, and her work ethic is like no one I’ve ever seen in my life. She leaves everything she touches in a much improved state. It’s really her gift. She’s amazing.”

On her advice to young women:

Rebecca plans to return to her Baltimore alma mater later this month to speak to the students at Garrison Forest. What will she tell them?

“My message is you are exactly where you need to be. Look through every window. If an opportunity presents itself, explore it and pay attention,” she says. “Don’t wait for someone to make it happen for you. Be the leader you’ve been waiting for.”

 

It’s been said that many hands make for light work, and that’s certainly the case with Sweetbriar, our newest collection of all-white ceramic dinnerware.

Light and lovely, Sweetbriar transitions easily from everyday use to extraordinary tablescapes. There are nine pieces in the line, and they’re rich with patterned details that include florals, checks, stripes, and dots, along with scalloped edges. Sweetbriar is designed to mix and match with the other pieces in the collection and with our other more colorful patterns as well.

Sweetbriar is produced at our studios in Aurora, New York. On average, a single piece is touched by the hands of up to 11 different artisans and takes up to two weeks to make. The steps in the process are shown in the accompanying video and are outlined below by Bill Mekeel, our product manager for pottery, who’s been with the company for 25 years.

RAM Press
Seven of the nine pieces in the Sweetbriar line—the dinner plate, platter, salad/dessert plate, charger, saucer,  and two bowls—are formed by a RAM Press, a machine that presses a block of clay between top and bottom molds. When the pressing is complete, excess clay is removed, and the piece releases from the press. The entire pressing-and-release process takes no more than 30 seconds. The other pieces in the line—the teacup and the mug—have hollow interiors and are formed by injecting liquid clay into molds.

Hand finishing
A newly formed piece moves next to a hand finisher. This artisan removes any remaining excess clay and, with a wet sponge, smooths any rough edges.

Greenware kiln fire
Now known as greenware, the piece dries until it is ready for its first kiln firing at 1750 degrees. The firing lasts for about 10 to 11 hours, and the piece remains in the kiln for up to 24 hours to cool properly.

Fire to bisque
After that first firing, we refer to the piece as bisque, although it is also called terra cotta because the item now has the brownish-orange appearance of a terra cotta flower pot.

Wax and glaze
The next step is to brush warm wax onto the base  of the piece. Then, holding the piece with a pair of tongs, an artisan dips it into a large vat of glaze, taking care to evenly distribute the liquid. A quick tap to the waxed bottom removes the glaze from that surface so it will retain its terra cotta appearance even after its second firing.

Decoration prep
After waxing and glazing, the item goes to our decoration department, where artisans remove excess wax from the bottom and fill any pinholes on the surface of the piece with additional glaze.

Glaze kiln fire
The next step is a second firing at 1900 degrees, which gives the piece its glossy white finish. If any pinholes remain, they can be filled with more glaze and the piece can be re-fired.

Second fire to quality control
After the second firing, the piece moves to quality control , where it is checked again. Pieces that pass inspection receive a final quality stamp and are sent to our warehouse to be shipped to customers.

Bill Mekeel says Sweetbriar focuses on the materials of our production and that each piece is truly handmade. What they have in common, he says, is that “the shadows of a playful relief dance beautifully on the white glaze wrapped around the earthy, rugged red clay body.”

We’d like to add that Sweetbriar is embossed and in bloom, and we think you’ll see that as well in every piece. The collection is versatile white as only MacKenzie-Childs could imagine it—full of darling details and stunning texture.

 

If you’re wondering which came first — the chicken or the egg — the likely answer is the egg. Since ancient times, the egg has been celebrated as a symbol of life and rebirth.

There are different interpretations of this. Many cultures believed that the whole universe was created out of an egg. A Latin proverb reflects that: “Omne vivum ex ovo,’’ which means every living thing is from an egg.

There are also religious meanings to the egg. Christians believe that the egg represents the resurrection of Jesus. Easter eggs may have celebrated the end of Lent, because in medieval Europe, eggs were forbidden during Lent. Eggs are also central to the celebration of Passover. One of the six traditional foods on the Passover Seder plate is a hard-boiled egg dipped in salt water. It symbolizes both new life and the Passover sacrifice.

Eggs also play a role in Easter traditions that include coloring Easter eggs, Easter egg hunts, and Easter egg rolls. Decorating eggs is a tradition that dates back several centuries. In America, we’re most familiar with the process of mixing dye tablets with hot water and vinegar, a process that was invented by William Townley in the late 1800s. Townley owned a drugstore in Newark, N.J., and named his business the PAAS® Dye Company. The name PAAS® comes from Passen, the word that the Pennsylvania Dutch used for Easter. The Pennsylvania Dutch also believed in Oschter Haws, an egg-laying hare that hid eggs in the grass, which led to the custom of Easter egg hunts. As for the Easter egg roll, it was brought to America by European immigrants. The best-known one has been held on the South Lawn of the White House on the Monday after Easter since 1878, when Rutherford B. Hayes was president.

At MacKenzie-Childs, we find that eggs are, well, eggs-spirational. They are a favorite design motif that signals spring. But, of course, we put our spin on the egg and present them in all sorts of ways to brighten your springtime decor.

A few suggestions:

Cream Eggs Garland
You can do a lot with our 84-inch-long Cream Eggs Garland. Draped across a doorway or nestled into a topiary, it just says spring. It’s made of capiz shells hand-painted in sherbet pastels. The eggs are available individually in the seven-piece Cream Eggs Set.

Nesting Eggs
Looking to tuck a treat into an egg? Our Black & White Floral Nesting Eggs or our Pastel Floral Nesting Eggs feature three hand-painted capiz eggs in varying sizes that fit into each other.

Egg Hunt Bunny
Another way to serve treats is our charming Easter Hunt Bunny, who pushes an egg-shaped Easter cart that can hold foil-wrapped Easter chocolates. Place it on an entryway or coffee table, and he greets guests with springtime salutations.

Easter Egg Runner, Easter Egg Placemat
Your Easter table will literally shine with our Easter Egg Runner and Easter Egg Placemat. Both are made of fabric and decorated with hand-sewn glass beads in pretty pastel patterns. Adding that MacKenzie-Childs’ signature touch is an outline of black and white beads.

Easter Egg Plates
Our Easter Egg Plate Set is sure to become a perennial favorite. We don’t know what we like best: the charming egg shape, the combination of polka dots and checks, or the bunny and chick spring silhouettes. It all feels fun, fancy, and fresh.

Pastel Egg Candles
Our set of three Pastel Egg Candles is ideal for an adult’s Easter basket. They feature pearlescent checks done in sherbet hues of pink, green, and orange.

Easter Chicks
Back to that chicken-or-egg question. You can have both in our hand-painted Easter Chicks. Each chick wears a different adorable expression, and together they spell out EASTER on patterned half shells.

 

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