Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Raise A Glass To Spring


So... spring? From the looks of some photos turning up on my Instagram feed, spring may have lost its way to a few parts of the world. And after a beautiful weekend here, the cold, blustery, soggy grays are back. Maybe we just need to make sure spring knows it's invited to the party. Should we try raising a few glasses in its honor?


While we wait, how about a bundle of bright pink tulips, some delicate grape hyacinth and sweet English daisies? They perfectly brought to life the blues and pinks that were the inspiration for my spring party. Add some vintage Booths Real Old Willow (found on One Kings Lane) and some Royal Albert Memory Lane (collected when I was a child) to set a pretty table.



For cocktail hour, a bit of Rosé Lillet, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and gin, topped with a viola blossom, was a hit (you can find the recipe here).


Homemade Gruyere-chive scones (adapted from the Barefoot Contessa) were just the right savory complement to the sweet sips. They moved to the dining room table when lunch was served to go alongside a quiche Lorraine (from here) and a spring vegetable salad found in the current issue of Domino.


And for dessert - cherry blossom cookies. From this recipe and a little inspiration from Ina, they paired perfectly with white chocolate mousse.

And there you have it, a lovely spring lunch!

Here's hoping for more sunny days to toast soon. How will you celebrate?  XO

16 comments:

  1. Jeanne,
    I adore the idea of raising a glass to spring and celebrating the start of a new season. Thank-you for sharing your menu! How long did all the planning and prep take you? I bet it was fun!
    pve

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    1. Hi Patricia! It was fun - I think I almost have as much fun with the planning and prep as I do at the party. You know, it didn't take that much time to pull it all together, really - I tossed the idea for a spring party out at book club in early March and a couple weeks later we sat down for lunch! It was mostly just being on top of it - fitting in all the errands etc. a little at a time. Buying my quiche from a local bakery was a huge help. And I've made the scones and short bread cookies so many times they come together quite quickly now. I keep a little party notebook and right out my "plan" ahead of the game - I think it saves me lots of time in the end!

      Hope you get to raise a glass to celebrate this week! XOXO

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  2. OMG I am FLIPPING over your table...wish I was closer i would have invited myself over to all the gorgeousness! Wow Jeanne you knocked it out of the park!!!!! The china, the flowers, the way it all came together is just amazingly pretty and so spring like. The menu has my hungry:) Enjoy your day.....

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    1. Oh, Tina, you are so sweet. I wish you were closer, too, would love to have had you at the table! Thank you so much - means a lot coming from such a stellar blue-and-white entertainer like you! Happy Wednesday! XOXO

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  3. I love your menu and raising a glass to Spring...it's left us here in London for a day or two :(
    ah, tulips, my favourite...gorgeous post, Catherine xx

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    1. Thanks Catherine! Here's hoping the sun comes back to London and Seattle very soon! XOXO

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  4. Jeanne,
    This is a dream luncheon!!! Completely inspiring…from the beautiful table setting, the colorful blooms to the delicate cocktail and cherry blossom cookies. I wish I could have been there!!!!

    What a wonderful way to welcome Spring!
    xoxo E

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet Elizabeth! I wish you could have been there, too. I thought of you, of course, when I picked up all the bunches of pretty pink tulips! They would have been right at home at your house!

      Happy Wednesday! XOXO

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  5. Cheers! Let's hope we have more through this rainy period quickly:) and get some more of that sunshine!! Your menu sounds wonderful .. great cocktail and I like those scones from Ina. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Cheers, Leslie! Yes, more sunshine, please! XOXO

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  6. Yes, and such inspiration here! I love it all. There is nothing I love more than setting a beautiful table for my friends to enjoy. And, with Easter coming up and the little grandchildren it is just so much better, like going back in time, you know? Brilliant post !!

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  7. Absolutely stunning and definitely an inspiration for "the spring that has yet to arrive" in these parts! Have a fabulous day, Jeanne! xoxo

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  8. OH why am I on a no sugar diet!!! Love those cookies!

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  9. What a lovely blog you have. I enjoyed reading this post. I love the tulips, too. They are such pretty flowers.

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  10. lovin all those juicy delicious pinks. i have not had a space to celebrate yet. still catching my breath and helping other family members cope with loss. i would love to treat my friends to a celebration of spring, and the quiche is a perfect serving suggestion!

    michele

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  11. What a fabulous spring lunch! Pretty china and fresh flowers make all the difference. I've always loved delicate grape hyacinths and I'm definitely keen to make those gruyère and chive scones too!

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