Although it is still technically winter, we’re excited by the soon approaching new season. Even the slightest change in weather along with new blossoms are signs that spring is on its way. Event designers, Bash Please have set just the right table for this time of year – one that celebrates winter whites with the grace of spring florals. This event that they hosted in Mill Valley, California offers plenty of tips and inspiration for those of us looking to refresh our entertaining game.
“To reflect the transition between seasons, we opted for a clean, fresh palette for spring – lots of whites, soft stones, and neutrals with seasonal flavors and food to accent the table,” Jenny Bradshaw and Ashley Josi of Bash Please explained. “We are drawn towards the subtlety of terracotta and soft peach that lends warmth and dimension to an otherwise minimal table setting.” They worked with Marigold for the floral arrangements and hanging installation. “Marigold’s arrangements incorporated white ranunculus, tulips, cherry blossoms and white sweet peas that were the perfect balance of sophistication and relaxed gracefulness,” the pair said. “They also created a spring blossom hanging installation that was suspended from trees above to round out the tablescape.”
As for the linens, Jenny and Ashley opted for a draped tablecloth. “Floor length linens can be used to bring warmth into the space,” they advised. “Runners are better served for bare or wood textured tables or those that have unique features. The linens can create layers and depth for the tabletop design.” For the tabletop, they used custom ceramic salad bowls by Jess Diab Studio on top of plates from Heath Ceramics. They made napkin rings out of soft nude leather and worked with Refine to create a custom suite of menu and place cards using handmade paper. “We like to elevate table settings with special paper products and Refine has the simplicity and quality that begs for a great party,” they said.
But what would a well-planned event be without crisp cocktails and delicious food? “California has an abundance of amazing farm to table products,” Jenny and Ashley said. “We designed a bountiful board with local cheese like Cypress Grove Humbolt Fog and Andante Dairy Minuet triple cream paired with a variety of Salumi including anise Salame, Crespones and Felino. Mustard and fig jam with Parkside Bakery baguettes complemented the juxtaposing flavors. A spring vegetable crudité with castelvetrano olives, tangy pickles and roasted almonds reflected the season and provided color to the table. “
For the recipe of the White Peach Margaritas check out our slideshow.