The Bunny Cupboard Display

Bunnykins, Peter Rabbit, and other assorted rabbits all came out of their winter homes to decorate the china cabinet for Spring. Welcome to the Blog today, Friends, for a visit with some of my favorite bunny dishes from Wedgewood, Spode and other great china makers.

When I was little I had special dishes that were set at my place at dinnertime. I was a picky eater and not very adventuresome when it came to food so my parents did what they could to encourage me to eat. I remember having special bunny dishes. I didn’t get to use them every day but it was always an occasion when they were on the table. My older brother had a set and so did my younger brother. When we left home our special dishes went with us so our children could use them.

In the picture above you can see that the “Bunnykins” dishes, on the bottom row, feature different scenes of life for the bunnies. In one the children are in the kitchen with Mama Rabbit rolling out pastry. In another they are preparing for bed with Father Rabbit and in another taking a walk together outside. These homey scenes are typical of this type of china. They also have rabbits encircling the rim of the dishes. The dishes are quite sturdy though made of fine china.

A typical set of china would come with a plate, a bowl, and a mug. Sometimes the mug would have one handle and sometimes two. I loved the two-handled ones especially when they held hot chocolate.

Wedgewood has a series of “Peter Rabbit” china based on the Beatrix Potter stories. Eating dinner and hearing the tale of Peter Rabbit is one of my fondest memories. Poor Peter…..he really did get into a lot of trouble for a little rabbit. The china is colored in blues with pops of red and has words from the original story on the rim of the dishes. These dishes are still favorites with children today.

A row of newer bunny plates is included in the collection. Like the Peter Rabbit plates these bunnies are drawn from life and are quite attractive. There are four plates that show rabbits in four different scenes. They are combined with some spring flowers that add lots of color to the plates. A little Peter Rabbit cup is set in front of these rabbit plates.

A Michael Aram tea set in a polished metal sits above the rabbits. The tea set is very organic with plant stem handles and spouts. It fits in nicely with the natural theme of the bunnies.

In this picture you can see some bunny figurines collected from Thrift Stores. They have the same colors and sweet faces as the bunny plates. A Peter Rabbit double-handled cup is part of this little display. Mama Rabbit is helping Peter with his coat.

This pretty little rabbit has a flower collar and watches over the baby rabbit that sits close by.

An English Ironstone teapot with a creamer and sugar sits on a silver tray on the cabinet. No visit with Peter Rabbit would be complete without a cup of Chamomile Tea.

It’s nice to revisit childhood memories with their feelings of love and security. My original set of china belongs to our daughter and the rest were thrifted. I feel like I now hold the happy memories of other children in my china cabinet display.

30 responses to “The Bunny Cupboard Display”

  1. What a pretty collection! Thanks so much for linking up at the 25 and Done Link Party 15! 25 entries in 25 hours!! Shared on Fb and Pn. Don’t see a Tw button.

  2. I love all your bunnies! I have one Wedgewood Peter Rabbit bowl that I got when my children were young, now my grandchildren enjoy it. I hope I can find some more “bunny” items now that I’m getting out to thrift shops a little more.

  3. Loved seeing your bunnies. I bet those newer bunny plates would go well with your floral/butterfly (Lenox?) plates, too!

  4. I love your Bunnykin collection and the memories associated with it all, Lynne! The Michael Aram tea set and your additional items look really special all together. Really nice!

  5. I love your collection! I’ll be featuring your post on Thursday’s Crafty Creators! If you’re following me on FB or IG I’ll share your post across my accounts (FB, IG, Twitter, MeWe, & Pinterest) over the weekend or just before next week’s party. You can come by on Thursday to grab your “I was featured” button. Congrats!
    XOXO,
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

    • Hi Niki, thanks so much for the feature. It’s always a pleasure to visit your site. I pick up some really creative ideas. Appreciate the mention on al the social media platforms.
      Lynne

  6. Very Sweet Post. I just picked up the two-handed cup in a thrift store, it was so cute i couldn’t pass it up! Lovely collection and even more meaningful with your childhood recollections! Sandi

  7. These are darling!

    My husband had a small set of the children’s pieces, which we still have. It has nice memories associated with it.

    Your displays are very nice.

    Thank you for sharing your collection at the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop!

    Laurie
    Ridge Haven Homestead

  8. Hi Lynne, how wonderful that you have your childhood dishes intact and with you. They are so very precious. I found a set from the 80’s still in the box and bought them for any possible grands that I might have. so far that hasn’t happened but I’m enjoying the little set myself. I’ll be featuring your cupboard Monday evening on All About Home. Thanks so much for coming by and joining in.

    • Thanks Debra, Love your Blog and visit each week. Appreciate the feature for All About Home. It’s so nice to be able to pass things full of meaning to the next generation.
      Lynne

  9. Lynne, your rabbit plates and figurines are so sweet here! I have just a few ceramic and other rabbits but I’ve always loved rabbits… I have four new plates which I haven’t set a table with yet, but I need to! Thank you for sharing the lovely stories behind each piece and I do love the plates and their painted from life look!!!!

    Happy to have shared your post at last week’s Share Your Style #340 for you,
    Hugs,
    Barb 🙂

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