If there is one thing I love to do, it is to entertain. There’s just something about creating a space that’s inviting, preparing food that’s delicious and sharing that with special people. I haven’t been able to do a lot of entertaining over the past several months because our house is being renovated but I slipped away to the beautiful Ravenswood Mansion just south of Nashville to have a spring party.
I wanted the theme to be bright and springy but of course, I had to incorporate my favorite color combination: blue and white. So I used blue and white as the base colors and added seasonal florals like pink tulips and stocks spray. The yellow roses added a vibrant pop of color against the white walls of the house and white tablecloth. The long back porch was the perfect spot to set the table because you never know what the weather will bring this time of year. The table was set with vintage plates, classic glasses and some gold flatware that my mom found at an antique store a few years ago. If you ever want to amp up a table, just add gold flatware, it does wonders and I think it’s so pretty! One of my favorite details was the menu made by my sweet friend Amy May Paper who creates the most beautiful paper goods. It was simple and elegant.
This pretty navy magnolia dress is from Draper James and was so comfortable for all of the moving around that you do when you’re hosting a party. But the star of the show was this Lemon Coconut Cake! It’s bursting with coconut and lemon and was a great match for spring entertaining. I’ll definitely tell you more about this cake in the next post but let me just tell you, it has no butter in the recipe but is so moist and delicious that I’ve been craving it for days.
If you’ve been thinking about hosting a spring party, I think you should do it! I know that entertaining can seem daunting and overwhelming but if you make it fun and enjoy the process it really is so rewarding. You can always ask guests to bring food so you don’t have to do it all and you don’t have to spend tons of money to make it happen. Just use what you have on hand, always have flowers and good food and you can’t go wrong. Happy Spring!