A stylish friend deserves a stylish welcome so when fashion designer Rachel Roy came to visit, I hosted a luncheon to introduce her to my friends and fellow fashionistas. Please visit my website and purchase my book, 'Soirée Entertaining with Style', to learn more about this wonderful day and to get the delicious recipes from our meal!
The vibrant color on this table was not in my original plan, but sometimes color is more important than simplicity. Don’t be afraid to make a last-minute change to give a table some extra zing. Adding a festive touch doesn’t take that much more effort and makes guests feel extra special.
Spiky orange pincushion protea, picked up during a last-minute run to Whole Foods and abundantly bunched into an elegant leaf-etched crystal vase, along with the gomphrena clipped from my garden gathered in tiny silver garden pails scattered about the table, created a visual contrast with minimum fuss or expense. I always prefer to use masses of something more common and splurge on a vase I can use and enjoy many times over.Rachel Roy loved the hand painted bird place cards and kept hers as a memento of our lunch.For a spin on a summertime favorite— lemonade—I added my own personal special twist: a splash of gin and touch of hibiscus. Yes, please!
When the weather is hot, serving a lighter meal is preferable. Fish, fresh vegetables, and tiny or delicate fruit-based desserts are always flavorful, and much appreciated! A refreshing summery drink and a chilled wine will have guests satisfied and happy, despite the temperature.
After an easy-to-prepare dessert of Chinese five-spice salad with honeysuckle-scented ice cream and madeleines dusted in powdered sugar, the Southern girls taught Rachel a childhood indulgence: how to get the honeysuckle nectar from the blossom’s end! What a wonderful way to celebrate new friendships!