Recipes and Photography by Meredith Steele
When winter sheds her dry brown coat for the green blanket of spring, it’s cause for celebration. Once the air turns warmer and the sun gleams brighter, I head out to the garden. I adore my tiny urban oasis when the redbuds are blooming and everything leafy takes over, bringing new life to my kitchen. And all of this edible gorgeousness just begs for one thing—a garden party.
Garden parties, whether a late-morning brunch or a laid-back dinner, can be as elegant or as casual as you like. Set up a long table in the middle of your garden, your yard or outside on the patio. I use a white tablecloth and dot it with bud vases or Mason jars filled with flowers from my daughter’s butterfly garden. Create a runner or homemade placemats from burlap to echo the natural feel of outdoors. Finally, a bit of music and you’re ready to join friends and family for a feast of fresh foods and a seasonal cocktail to toast the beauty of a North Texas spring.