For Easter this year we hosted a couple of small gatherings at our home, which meant that I was able to create some creative new tablescapes. I love to challenge myself to achieve something new and different and absolutely love the creative process. Its even better when we get to share it with the people we love. This year I chose to year the back terrace for one of the gatherings.
I took some inspiration from some bud vases that I purchased from Petersham nurseries in Convent garden (actual new favourite shop and restaurant) and also some tree branches from the cork trees in our garden. Whilst in New York last year we visited a restaurant called palma (I wrote about it here) which had hundreds of beautiful blooms in bud vases everywhere, so this was also an source of inspiration. I wanted to create a fresh, delicate and spring like vibe. I also had the cutest maxi dress from Asos that would work perfectly with the them (self confessed event dresser over here)
I arranged creamy ranunculus (the delicate layers of their petals made them perfect for my theme) along with their buds, bunny grass (perfect Easter foliage, even in name) and garden roses to bud vases along the table, along with hyacinths, daffodils and Jasmine from the garden. I kept the plates very clean and simple in white and clear glass stemware.
I was pleased that it came out completely different to very pink theme I created last and the pastel theme from the year before
Easter for me is the perfect excuses to pull together a pretty, spring-inspired, tablescape year after year. It is time for me when all I want to do is spend time with people I love, always feels like the perfect reason to pull out all the stops and throw our doors wide open to our family members and friends.
And whats even more perfect abut this particular tables cape is that its totally budget friendly. Using items found foraging, and creating a delicate floral arrangement with bud vases really gives you more for your money without compromising on aesthetics
Happy Easter to all
Holy week in Seville and in fact Andalusia as a whole is unlike anything iv ever experienced to date. Last year we travelled a lot and saw some incredible places but one of the most unique experiences was right on my doorstep... (rather, a couple of hours drive away)
We rolled into Seville on Thursday evening of holy week and although we visit Seville often (more posts here) I have never seen the city quite like this.
Seville during the holidays is absolutely buzzing with excitement and anticipation. We really didn't know what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised by the exciting, warm and family orientated atmosphere. The overwhelming feeling of goodwill was intoxicating
The streets are lined with family's dressed in their best passing around tapas. Gentlemen in their finest suits, Ladies all in black, topped off with lace mantillas (A mantilla is a traditional Spanish lace or silk veil or shawl worn over the head and shoulder) and it my life’s ambition to wear one. They are so elegant!
Even the streets and balcony's are dressed for the occasion!
You don't have to search for long to find a procession. They are happening all over the city at different locations. You’ll know one is about to happen by the gathering crowds...
From the photos, you'd be forgiven for thinking that its all a bit sinister but I can assure you the vibe is so lovely. The Nazarinos can look somewhat intimidating, but its so funny when one of them brakes character.
Nothing quite prepared us for the first procession we saw. A giant float covered in fresh roses carried by some very strong men to the sound of a live band made the hair on the back of my neck stand to attention.
Trust me, it was no easy feat navigating such a giant structure through the crowds and small tight roads of Seville.
And in between the processions, the crowds all pile into the bars for wine and tapas
And when you're done, you'll find the next procession!
As the evening turns into night the processions become more and more magical and mysterious. I don't think i'll ever forget the memories of late night procession spotting in Seville. Its almost other worldly and I doubt there is an experience that comes close. And I might have even fallen more in love with Spain
I remember being so amazed that something so deeply cultural and historic was still so alive today. It felt like id stepped into another century.
Be prepared to stay out all night and not even notice how late it is...
Have you ever experienced Semana santa?
El hombre and I are total foodies, and are always looking for new places to try. Barcelona, has become somewhere that we've had some of our most incredible and interesting food experiences in. It seems to me that its a city totally on its gastronomic game right now.
Last year we had the most incredible experience at Moments, Mandarin Oriental. This year one of the new restaurants we tried was Lasarte
So far its been our experience that Spanish fine dining is manages to get the balance between elegance, refinement and guest comfortably perfectly right. Some Michelin star restaurants can be incredibly intimidating. But not Lasarte. You feel fabulously taken care of but also at ease enough to really enjoy the experience. Quite a rarity in a 3 Michelin star restaurant (Barcelona's 1st, I might add )
Each dish was not only absolutely beautiful, but beautifully presented. Even my cocktail was handcrafted right at our table creating quite the spectacle.
We started with Jalapeno foam with razor and liquorice Ice cream appetiser
For starter I chose the glazed hare ravioli with artichokes and black truffle. Simply put, incredible.
I think my favourite dish was the Smoked squid ink risotto and lemon seafood. It was absolutely incredible and surprisingly light
And if you are a truffle lover, than the White truffle curd cream, pear and hazelnut is your absolute dream come true. Probably one of the most unique deserts that Iv ever eaten...
And to finish, we were served the most beautiful petite fours. So beautiful hat we managed to squeeze them in! Mont Blanc, Catalan crem choclate and choclate crumble.
And just when I thought our experience couldn't get any better, we were invited to meet the chef and see the magic behind the scenes. Just the best experience ever!
I absolutely enjoyed our afternoon at Lasarte, and am sure you would too! Add it to your list pronto...
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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