Inspiration + Tips For Your Next Luncheon (Or To Compliment Your Easter)

International Women’s Day was March 8 and I celebrated in my own way by hosting a luncheon for the awesome women in my life at my San Diego home. I can’t imagine a better way to spend a Saturday than surrounded by your covenant of powerhouse mamas that inspire you as a woman. Especially if it includes the modern ceramics table setting and seasonless Southern California-inspired menu that I put together. Some ideas shared may pull your Easter Bruch together or set a free Saturday to host a power lunch and raise a glass!

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When hosting any event, I start by jotting down all of the little details that will make my guests feel comfortable and the day extra special. My style of hosting is all about easy sophistication: artisan-inspired details, bunches of happy flowers in clay vases, and platters of delicious food served on my modern ceramics plates. I wanted the day to feel intimate and the menu to show off California’s most colorful bounty, providing a tabletop inspired by nature.

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I created the floral arrangements in the clay vases with flowers that I picked up from a local flower stand. They always have the best assortment of fresh blooms from their local farm in Encinitas. I chose a combination of daisies, chamomile, baby’s breath and sprigs of eucalyptus. 

The napkin ties are something that I’ve been playing around with in the studio, featuring ceramics beads and a leather strap.

For a casual luncheon, I always serve food family style. There’s nothing like having friends pass around platters of food to get them chatting and to create a communal experience.

My friends filled their ceramics plates with a Kale Salad, Avocado Toast, Carrot and Chickpea Salad, and Loaded Hummus.

The Warm Kale Salad with Quinoa and Miso Vinaigrette is my go-to salad. It’s a real people pleaser for dinner parties and makes a regular appearance in my family’s weekly meal rotation. I usually have all of the ingredients on-hand and the colors really pop nicely on the clay plateware. To give an added crisp and tart pinch of flavor, I added pomegranate seeds to the recipe. For the complete recipe, check out the blog post.

The Avocado Toast with Cherry Tomatoes happens to be Roark’s favorite and my friends enjoyed it as well. It's a simple recipe that really lets the flavors from the local ingredients sing and sits so pretty on my clay plateware. I used California avocados and tomatoes. The secret is to add some red pepper flakes, garlic, a touch of lemon juice and olive oil. Spoon over a simple but delicious Levain bread from a local, artisan bakery and you've got yourself a toast that's restaurant quality for half the price.

The next salad is almost too easy for a recipe. It calls for just 7 main ingredients: Carrots, Chickpeas, Dates, Lemon juice, Olive Oil, Mint and Cumin. Generous heaps of the Morrocan Carrot and Chickpea Salad were served in ceramics bowls which work well as salad bowls. 


The meal paired really nicely with the William Hill wine that I had chosen. Served in the Carafe and Cup Set. The carafe holds a full bottle of wine and comes with a wooden ball top.

My friend Jen is a talented baker and brought along these incredible Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Muffins that she managed to make both delicious and healthy. The perfect pairing to a cup of coffee and somethin’ sweet to finish the meal – seen here on my Coffee Mug and Wood Plate Set.

Cheers to strong women, everywhere!

The beautiful photography was taken by Andrew Reilly.