valley & co. event :: lawn luncheon

There are those magical few weeks when summer starts to fade that we so appreciate for the warm nights, the long shadows, and the very best bounty – one last hurrah! As summer came to a close this year, we planned a feast for the senses with our dear friends at Lisa Dupar Catering to say au revoir to summer and to host a special group of clients. We dreamed up a table that showed off big platters of berries and decadently dressed butters, herb posies, velvety ribbon, sleek ghost chairs to reflect the water, and really the perfect balance of the incredible food that Lisa and team create from scratch. It was our own little market staged at Admiral’s House overlooking downtown Seattle, and the setting couldn’t have been more perfect and welcoming for the guests.

One 109′ long table meandered its way across the lawn, creating the most picture-perfect setting for a long luncheon, and bountiful menus from Libby Tipton made mouths water with the illustrations. We dreamed up the table so there was a sense of inclusion between guests, but we also painted the picture of something other than the traditional long king’s table setting. Thanks to CORT Party Rentals for seeing the vision through!

The Jelly Rollers welcomed guests with a funky from-the-market vibe, and Matthew Land captured everything impeccably.

For our floral creations I worked with Ava (our little Creative Director!) to create colorful centerpieces with herbs like sage and rosemary in 20″ long wooden bread bowls with an array of dahlias,

Some of our top tips for creating place settings that focus on food:

Use herbs galore! Our petite bouquets of rosemary and raspberry foliage cinched in twine felt extra special.

Garnish platters – use edible flower petals and pink or black sea salt to dress up food.

Stay consistently seasonal – fill tables with berries and in-season stone fruits or veggies.

 

As we always say: your event, whether an intimate dinner party or a large wedding, should tell your story. Think about what you love and pepper in those bits and pieces to bring that vision to life. Cheers!