Food + Fashion – lunch with Forever New

Food + Fashion - lunch with Forever New

As Winter approaches, the season for entertaining at home has begun. Why not treat your girlfriends to a beautiful and delicious meal! 

We worked with Forever New to create a truly celebratory setting and menu for their Winter Girls Lunch. We also gave them a few of our insider tips for making the space and dining table look as great as their outfits! Such a treat to join forces with this wonderful team!

What is the most important starting point when creating a beautiful table setting?

Make beautiful flowers a priority. Remember your audience – a lady’s lunch must have plenty of flowers! Beautiful bouquets can be made easily and relatively inexpensively. Buy in-season flowers from your local market, be sure to get a variety of sizes and textures. We love a full arrangement of feminine blooms with loose sprigs of foliage and peppercorn leaves!

Lighting is also very important as it really does set the mood and tone of a meal. For us, winter lighting needs to be warm and slightly dimmed – try natural light combined with candlelight and even an open fireplace. Downlights are a no-no! They can be very unflattering and bright.

Styling the table is another important aspect of the job. A beautiful timber table can be kept natural, or if you don’t have a beautiful table it can be easily disguised with a high quality linen. Explore colours other than white – try tones of greys, blues and blush pinks with napkins in a contrasting shade.

When it comes to tableware take stock of what you have a few days prior to the event to make sure there’s no last-minute panic. A little bit of research online is always  helpful when it comes to arranging the table – Pinterest is a wonderful resource! The rule of odd numbers should be considered when decorating the table, make the layout fluid and consider a balance of height using flowers, candles, and food to create interest.”

Food trends are always coming and going, what do you suggest serving your guests upon arrival?

Our food ethos of fresh, beautifully delicious food and local produce has never changed. For an intimate lunch, we would suggest that you save yourself making an entrée and instead opting for grazing options instead. For a girls’ lunch, lighter options such as bread and oil, beautiful dips and relish always work. These types of dishes also create a great social atmosphere with the group – it’s great to see your guests chatting and passing plates!

The original blog post can be read on the Forever New Blog

A huge thank you to our venue partner The Kettle Black for providing their beautiful cafe as the space for this photoshoot. Read more about hosting your next event at this great venue!

Thank you also to our suppliers below!

Table settings – Dann Event Hire
Flowers – Flower Jar
Table linen and vintage candlesticks – Table Art
Photography courtesy of Forever New