Intimate New Year’s Feast

by Audrey on 12.28.15

in Lifestyle

by Audrey
12.28.15

New Year's Eve Moroccan Feast | by Sweet Laurel  |  www.smittenmagazine.com

From the talented stylists behind this delicious New Year’s Feast:

This party inspiration shoot is all about sharing a small, intimate New Year’s Eve. The holidays can be such a whirlwind of huge celebrations, we really loved the idea of a small gathering of a handful of your nearest and dearest instead of a big bash. This could easily be a romantic dinner, a reunion of best friends, or even a family get-together….anyone you want to start the new year with! We chose our dramatic, private desert setting because the vivid colors of the sky as the sun dips below the mountains provided the perfect backdrop for our lush, warm, jewel-toned gathering….and besides, can you imagine a more beautiful spot to watch the last sunset of the year from? After the sun goes down, it’s all great conversation, raised glasses and some really excellent small bites for dinner. 
Elegant, shareable dishes like our crostini board with kale pesto, blood orange & beet relish, and goat cheese with dates and honey make up not only the main course of the meal, but the centerpiece of the table as well. Saffron-hued rice studded with ‘jewels’ of pomegranate seeds and pistachios echo the vivid color scheme, and the deeply red wine-poached pears we served up as dessert complete the meal perfectly. A sparkling champagne cocktail with saffron rock candy and pomegranate seed garnish is the perfect toast to a colorful 2016!
We really couldn’t have pulled off this shoot without the contributions from our amazing vendors! The long, rustic farm-style table from Tremaine Ranch helped to literally set the stage for our dinner, while brass flatware from Fancy Lou Designs echoed our rich warm tones with just a hint of sparkle. Lush, asymmetrical florals from Hoot & Holler added a touch of drama to the scene, while classic wine goblets and champagne flutes in an unusual black finish, sourced from our favorite shop FOUND, brought elegance and mystique to the scene. 

New Year's Eve Moroccan Feast | by Sweet Laurel  |  www.smittenmagazine.com

Click here for the recipe of this beautiful Saffron Jeweled Rice

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The savory recipe for Kale Pesto can be found here.

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Ready for a cocktail?  Follow this link to make a pitcher of Thanksgiving Nightcaps that we think are great for any and every holiday.

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Photographer: Baked by Joanna | Recipes + Styling: Baked by Joanna | Recipes + Styling: Sweet Laurel | Table + Chairs: Tremaine Ranch | Florals: Hoot & Holler | Flatware: Fancy Lou | Glassware: FOUND by domestic bliss

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