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Spring Luncheon with Beautiful Flowers

Last weekend I hosted a small luncheon in honor of my 91-year old grandmother, Nonny. To make it special, I enlisted the help of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Beth Horta, the florist, author and photographer behind the beautiful blog Sweet Sabelle. Beth came over with a trunk-full of spring flowers — purple and pink sweet peas, bright green viburnum, soft green Lenten roses, purple forget-me-nots, delicate pink spray roses, fragrant bright yellow and cream daffodils, lavender hyacinth, ranunculus and more — and spent the morning helping me create a garden-like spring tablescape.

It’s amazing what flowers can do…my kitchen looked and smelled like a beautiful flower shop!

Beth has a unique style. She rummaged through my cupboards to find an assortment of containers — everything from teapots to water glasses to crystal — and somehow made it all work together. She said she likes to mix it up to add interest to the table and keep everything from looking too formal.

I love how she uses greens, such as scented geranium leaves (above) and daffodil leaves (below), as stand-alone bouquets. Most florists use them as filler, but they look so pretty alone.

Instead of one grand centerpiece in the middle, Beth set small and medium bouquets all down the center of the table. She grouped like flowers together and arranged them at different heights (there’s a cake pedestal lifting the daffodils) to create an interesting line of sight and highlight the uniqueness of each bouquet. The adorable little nests from Williams Sonoma added to the springy look — they’d be perfect for Easter, filled with mini chocolate eggs or handwritten table cards.

For the food, I wanted to serve something light and elegant.

I made Baguette Slices with Butter, Radishes & Sea Salt. Very spring and very French…

An Asparagus Salad with Dijon Mustard Sauce and Chopped Hard Boiled Egg

Room temperature Grilled Salmon with Garlic & Herbs (recipe coming soon!), which paired beautifully with the mustard sauce on the asparagus…

And one of my all-time favorites, Luscious Lemon Squares.

It was a beautiful day all around.



  • I couldn’t resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!

    - Myrna on January 29, 2015 Reply
  • Everything is beautiful, but I think the most beautiful of all is your lovely grandmother. What a blessing to have her in your life!

    - Kathy on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • So beautiful–the food, the flowers, and the sentiment. What a lovely tribute!

    - Delene on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • I am so touched. Your Nonny is beautiful and your luncheon looked so perfect. The flowers are so lovely and the food looked delicious. What a special celebration! How lucky you are to have your Grandmother still and to be able to have her so close to enjoy her!

    - Karen on March 26, 2012 Reply
  • Jenn,
    This is such a sweet post. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of the special luncheon for your lovely Nonny. The food, the flowers and the table – all gorgeous. It must have been a memorable occasion for all the lucky guests.

    - Liz on March 22, 2012 Reply
  • What a lovely presentation and a gorgeous lunch. Thanks for sharing.

    - Laura Black on March 22, 2012 Reply
  • Absolutely elegant and stunning-flowers and food!

    - Linda on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • What a lovely lunch and an even more lovely grandmother. How very very special.

    - Julie Gilbert on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • Lovely! Your grandma is beyond beautiful!

    - Barbara Hillman on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • Bethy Was!

    - Adam C on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • So thrilled to be reading this. It looked perfect, gorgeous, spectacular flowers, fantastic and beautifully prepared food, and your wonderful Nonny, my dear cousin Eleen. Wish I could have shared this event in person ..

    - Marsha Blond on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • So beautiful! And your Grandmother’s pic reminds me so much of my own Mom, same features really, and my Mom never went anywhere without her lipstick on!

    - Deanna on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • Aw, how lovely!!!!

    - Tami on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • I am so excited to see these pictures of Beth and her beautiful flowers! She introduced me to your website years ago, and it’s wonderful to see such talented and creative friends working together! 🙂

    - Beth on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • Absolutely beautiful. You are so talented!

    - Debby Poe on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • LOVE! I bet she was in heaven;)

    - Shauna on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • Hi Jen! Is that Bethy Was? You girls look fabulous!! Love following your blog, hope all is well!!

    Heather Picinich Bishara

    - Heather B. on March 21, 2012 Reply
    • Yes, Heather…that’s her! So nice to hear from you!

      - Jenn on March 21, 2012 Reply

    - Rachel on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • Everything looks beautiful! And i love the photo of your grandmother. So sweet!

    - Jessie on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • Everything about this post was just SO beautiful!! 🙂

    - Heidi on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • Awww….Beutiful love it! hope Nonny did too 🙂 Cant wait for the Salmon recipe too.

    - tawni on March 21, 2012 Reply
  • BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!

    - Jennifer Smith on March 21, 2012 Reply

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