Entertaining: Host a Bloom and Book Luncheon at Home

Lure friends out of their homes and into yours, with a spring-themed afternoon


While April showers bring May flowers, the tulips are already here! Whether you pick your own at floral sensation Wicked Tulips Flower Farm or purchase a pot at your favorite independent garden shop, spring blooms are the perfect theme for hosting a gathering with friends. In New England, a snowflake could still appear on the weather app, but it’s safe to swap plaid accents for jaunty prints, and heavy tablecloths with wicker. If you need an excuse to host a get-together, April brings both Earth Day and World Book Day, so have pretty reads at the ready for flipping through for hive mind chats. Best of all, sunset isn’t until after 7pm so your soiree can linger on!

Using the primary colors as a springboard, powder blue, mustard yellow, and pink make a delightful trio. Accents in white – like the Porto Boutique ceramic vase – give eyes a place to rest, and natural fibers keep things from getting fussy.

The tablescape begins with a bright cotton runner down the center, topped with a handmade cutting board to corral vessels of flowers and a candle. Round wicker chargers form a tactile base for a white melamine plate, and yellow stoneware dinner plate (The Lino); fabric napkins placed between tie all of the colors together.

Have a short stack of books available for guests to peruse. For flower books, visit Wild Season Florals in Middletown, owned by Jill Rizzo, who has authored Branches & Blooms, The Flower Recipe Book, and The Little Flower Recipe Book. Shown is The Art of the Board: Fun & Fancy Snack Boards, Recipes & Ideas for Entertaining All Year by Olivia Carney, available at Fenwick & Oliver. Consider using seed packets as bookmarks or place cards. For additional botanical accents, The Farmer’s Daughter in Wakefield is back from its winter nap.



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Tulip Time

Visit WickedTulips.com to keep up with the Bloom Report: regular postings about what’s going on at all three flower farm locations (Exeter and Johnston; and Preston, CT).



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