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Sweet essentials for a honey brunch in L.A.

Spring has definitely sprung in L.A., with Angelenos craving more time outdoors communing with nature. From Runyon Canyon to Griffith Park, the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing, two motifs perfect for hosting a lazy Sunday brunch at your California home.

Our Things That Fly Appetizer Plates, embossed with hummingbirds, butterflies and flowers, have a handmade feel that shows its artisanal roots, much like something special you'd find at the LA Flea Market or Rose Bowl, but without the endless search. Their textural white surface layers beautifully with our beaded white Gabriella Dinnerware Plates.

Add spotlights of spring color with our small round Spring Decal Dipping Bowls. In-house artists illustrated the spring scenes with the intricacy of near–Audubon–quality drawings. They're perfectly sized to hold a drizzle of honey from a slotted wood honey spoon, indispensable for the occasion.

Our Butterfly/Dragonfly Serve Pieces have blackened metal handles shaped like twigs that are adorned with dragonfly and butterfly shapes. This rustic fork and spoon serving set has the weighty feel and organic shape of blacksmith–forged iron.

Create a fanciful spring centerpiece by lighting pillar candles and stringing fresh wildflowers along our Multi–votive Bird Tower. Sixteen glass votives on four branching tiers provide a towering tree of candlelight, with a songbird finial topping the iron sculpture.

Tabletop wine storage should be subtle and not be too large, exactly like our Rhodes Party Bucket and individual Wine Cooler. Italian artisans shaped them by hand out of durable earthenware glazed in a creamy white that shows hints of the clay below.

Whereas wine glasses may be too delicate for a casual brunch, our Casa Goblets are a perfect fit. Echoing the look of thick, beautiful glasses used in Mexico for serving margaritas and other refreshments, each piece in our Casa collection is hand blown using recycled glass.

Our Antique Silver Flatware looks like well–loved heirloom silver, but is updated with witty script on each handle. The inscriptions "Fork," "Spoon," and "Knife" bring light, fun commentary to the table.

Add a monogrammed initial and spring symbol like a rabbit or butterfly to our Essential Napkins made of linen–cotton. Using many different colors instead of just one complements the white ceramic dishware, brightening the entire table.

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