When you think of a New Year’s celebration, golden hues like this and this come to mind. But my dear friend Sweet Laurel and I had different plans this year. Infatuated with jewel tones found in pomegranates and saffron, we created a New Year’s Eve party set in the desert. The table was filled with moody-colored dinnerware and glassware as well as vintage-style flatware because a bit of gold was needed to brighten the tablescape. Rather than having a traditional centerpiece, we opted for a long crostini station anchored with two floral arrangements.
The crostini station, set atop rustic wooden boards, fresh kale and rainbow chard, was inspired by Heirloom LA. We love their creations for its garden-like beauty and interesting flavors. Living in the desert we don’t have the luxury of trying this establishment’s foods, but we definitely put a lot of thought into making our own version. It included a variety of fresh produce, charred breads, cheeses and homemade dishes that welcomed party goers to experiment with flavors as the sun set. And to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016, we all clinked glasses with a saffron-infused drink.
If you’d like more details about this party, make sure to visit Smitten Magazine. The spread is joining many other beautiful styled shoots and celebrations. I also want to give a special thank you our friends, who contributed lovely products.
Interested in trying out some of the recipes? Make sure to visit Sweet Laurel’s blog, where many are being shared. I’m also posting recipes for the Beet Hummus and Warm Feta with Honey and Dates today. Come back tomorrow for the Blood Orange + Beet Relish recipe.