I do believe if I had the privilege of sitting down at this gorgeous lavender-infused luncheon planned by Modern Dame, I would never want to get up. Between the breathtaking florals from Holly Flora, the delicious nibbles from Haute Chef LA and that picture perfect cake from Sweet and Saucy - I would have more than enough to keep me blissfully happy. Well, thanks to Steve Steinhardt‘s gorgeous images I can take my virtual seat at the table here.
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From Modern Dame
…When I think spring, I think lavender. More specifically, the lavender fields in the South of France. Can you imagine spending a day in the countryside? Just you, a big, bright blue sky, and rows and rows of fragrant, natural beauty. I for one can’t picture a better way to spend a sunny afternoon which is why, as I sat down to plan a pre-Easter luncheon I wanted to host for all of the lovely ladies in my life (including my wonderfully stylish mother, aunt, and cousin), I knew lavender would be the primary source of inspiration.
Sometimes Los Angeles can’t possibly feel any farther away from the tranquil, picture-perfect French countryside, but, last Saturday, I think we came pretty close to recreating it in my very own backyard. Instead of rows and rows of lavender, though, a single, rustic table dotted with mismatched chairs chosen to create a shabby, yet still chic, look, sat beneath a big, shady tree. Arrangements of garden roses, lilacs, ranunculus, sweet peas, and lavender served as the centerpieces and, along with the dried french lavender placed on each setting, filled the air with a rich, intoxicating scent. Silver trays gleamed in the bright, California sun, and a sprinkling of dried french lavender buds provided the perfect bed for the luncheon’s signature cocktail – St. Germain French 77 with bubbling, effervescent champagne.
On the table, the most gorgeous vintage crystal goblets and coupes worked in perfect harmony with the white china and silver flatware to create an intimately beautiful countryside fête right here in LA. Lavender washed menu cards were tucked lovingly into lace-trimmed napkins and outlined the day’s fare: beautifully crafted tea sandwiches, fresh spring salads, lemon cakes adorned with – you guessed it – more lavender, the creamiest deviled eggs, and fresh fig topped with mascarpone, honey, and pistachios served in their own mini glass jars, which were enthusiastically devoured by all.
For dessert, more masterfully composed on-theme delights filled the table, including a rustic red velvet cake, divine lavender macarons, and some seriously adorable egg-shaped Rice Krispie treats. After lunch, lavender-infused Earl Grey tea was sipped from white-washed tea cups, just as, I like to imagine, we would have done sat out beneath the great big sun, amongst rows and rows of sweet lavender in the South of France. Hope my French country Lavender luncheon will be an inspiration for your event!
Cake: Sweet and Saucy | Caterer: Haute Chef LA | Floral Design: Holly Flora | Host & Party Planner: Modern Dame | Photography: Steve Steinhardt | Rentals: Town And Country | Stationery: Meet The Foley Event + Design | Tableware Rentals: Dish Wish Events