1 The island in the servery was decorated with purple tulips, a giant milk chocolate bunny, and pastel gilded Easter eggs.
2 I placed hollowed out eggs beneath the beautiful glass cake domes from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's.
3 Turquoise eggs sat on little paper nests.
4 There were jars and jars of jelly beans and lots of other candy, too.
5 An antique cement urn was the perfect nest for an ostrich egg.
6 The dining table in the canary room was set with yellow stoneware from Bennington Potters in Vermont.
7 Narcissus from the garden were placed in this sweet papier-mâché chick.
8 There was a matching chick on the other end of the table.
9 More hollowed out eggs rested on this multi-tiered china pedestal.
11 More bunny candy dishes and a nest of feathery foliage.
12 Glittered eggs and white narcissus upon the silver service
13 Steel chime eggs, chicks, and all types of bunnies - an Easter table of delights for Baby Jude
14 More decorative eggs, polished stone eggs, pink tulips and baby tears - The beautiful decorated mural candy boxes are from Swedish Fish, a candy store in New York City's Greenwich Village.
15 Of course there were green jelly beans in the green parlor!
16 And milky green glass bunny candy dishes
17 More daffodils from the garden and bunnies, too
18 A potted succulent from the greenhouse and blooming lady slipper orchids in one corners
19 And practically a mirror image in another corner
20 The long dining table in the brown room was set with Wedgwood Drabware.
21 The mantle in the brown room displayed a fine collection of Ukrainian Easter eggs.
22 Ukrainian Easter eggs, called Pysanka, are eggs decorated with Ukrainian folk designs.
23 The detailed designs are intricately carved through the color on the egg in a free-hand design.
24 Decorative eggs were hung from giant pussy willow arrangements.
25 Another silver tray displaying whimsy
26 A closeup of a very sweet nest
27 One of my guests was Chef Jean-George Vongerichten, who was so happy to see Chef Pierre Schaedelin and Sarah Mastracco in the kitchen.
28 This gorgeous smoked ham, garnished so brightly, came from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors. It was roasted with a cognac/brown sugar glaze.
30 Fresh homemade horseradish was served on the side. It was quite potent!
31 Pierre made tender pea ravioli filled with fresh pea puree and served with butter and sugar snap peas - so tender! It was Jude's favorite food at the party.
32 Russ & Daughters provided amazing smoked fish - salmon, whitefish, sturgeon, and sable. The fish from Russ & Daughters is the absolute freshest fish that has been smoked to perfection. http://www.russanddaughters.com/
33 This platter is homemade gravlax using a great fresh salmon from Iceland's first lady, Dorrit Moussaieff, who was on my recent Iceland show.
34 Crusty bread from Balthazar Bakery with herb butter - yum!
36 Pierre and Sarah made the most vibrant platter of spring vegetables - red and orange baby carrots from my greenhouse, baby artichoke hearts, fava beans, and sugar snap peas - all so sweet and flavorful.
38 The roasted lamb chops were so succulent.
39 A large bowl of fresh minted peas
40 Small servings of brilliant pureed beet soup, also from my greenhouse
41 One dessert was this wonderful Flan Patissier with Prunes, a creation of pastry chef Sebastien Rouxel of Bouchon Bakery. The recipe is a bit complicated, but worked well. I substituted custard powder with organic corn starch and soaked the prunes in a bit of brandy until they were plump. http://www.marthastewart.com/898936/flan-patissier-prunes
42 Jean-George Vongerichten and Richard Gere
43 Amy Conway and Virgina
44 Jane Heller and Steve Gerard
45 These were the three children who found the three golden eggs.
46 A proud hunter
47 The children were fascinated by our visiting Easter bunny, who was really my wonderful gardener Alfredo - we called him Alfredito and he was the Perfect Easter Bunny.
48 A group shot with me and the Easter bunny
49 It was a perfect Easter day!
50 Dylan Shaw, Harper, and Anduin Havens
51 David Maupin and Stefano Tonchi with Isabella and Maura