When three major tastemakers throw a party in the California sunshine, you RSVP. So naturally, we jumped at the chance to join celebrated fashion designer Jenni Kayne, interior designer and Million Dollar Decorators star Nathan Turner, and our very own food contributor Claire Thomas for a recent Easter brunch. Read on to learn how to recreate this gorgeous spring celebration for your own friends and family.
Overall, the feeling was relaxed and casual, yet decadent. Naturally, Turner took the reins on the décor, creating a fresh and welcoming atmosphere — the perfect representation of spring. Under a romantic pair of olive trees, Turner framed the dining table with a set of gorgeous blue 19th-century dining chairs, which he found and reupholstered in France. For a mix of rusticity and femininity, he set the table with tinware dinnerware from Kayne’s Montecito store, paired with Kayne’s mismatched antique flatware and Victorian glasses. Fabric-wrapped eggs made a subtle nod to the holiday, without being too kitschy.
|Tinware Dinnerware, $14, Canvas||Rediscovered Flatware, $36, Anthropologie||Fleur-De-Lys Juice Glass, $6, Anthropologie|
Simple and elegant, the look spoke to Turner’s motto: “Never bite off more than you can chew.” When it comes to entertaining, “the biggest thing to keep in mind,” he says, “is that a happy host makes for a happy party. It shouldn’t be a time for you to be stressed or worried.” Crucial to having a good time, Turner says, is to play off your strong points: “If you’re not comfortable in the kitchen, then have your event catered.”
|Set of Ten Dining Chairs, Price Upon Request, Nathan Turner||Natural & Brown Marble Fine Paper, $8, Papersource||Villeroy & Boch “Miss Desiree”Goblet, $13, Bloomingdale’s|
To that end, Kayne called in Thomas to prepare a beautiful vegan Easter brunch for her dear friends. Thomas made two delicious savory tarts — a roasted yam and kale upside-down tart and a Moroccan-spiced eggplant and tomato tart (see recipes below) — as well as an olive oil cake (visit rip + tan for the recipe). For dessert, she served a beloved classic: tarte tatin (visit The Chalkboard for the receipe). Kayne recommends making your guests their first cocktail, and keeping a recipe and ingredients out in the open so they can help themselves to second servings. With a menu that mouthwatering, it’s wise to stand by Kayne’s hostess motto: “Always be prepared ahead of time.” That way, you won’t miss a bite.
Find Thomas’s delicious tart recipes below, and head over to Kayne’s lifestyle blog, rip + tan, to read more about the celebration.
With a colorful and surprising presentation, this savory tart is as beautiful as it is delicious.
Photographs: Yayo Ahumada