By: Mandy Kellogg Rye, Waiting on Martha
Photography by: Karthryn McCrary
The New Year is a time to slow down with those you hold most dear, celebrate fresh starts, and reflect on the year that was and the year that is to come. Find inspiration in lavender's calming qualities, pine's invigorating scent, and the simple beauty of a eucalyptus bouquet.
There is no better scent to help unwind from holiday hustle and bustle than lavender, with its harmonious aroma therapeutic properties. Plus, it’s edible! There are numerous ways to incorporate a lavender theme in table settings, and in the dishes themselves.
For décor, mix in all the hues that lavender holds; blues, purples, silvers, and greens. Keep it simple with pine, eucalyptus and other seasonal greens that provide a scent that is fresh yet not overpowering. If you can't find enough lavender to both decorate and cook with, try florals with a similar color and feeling, such as silver thistle. Mix in bright whites and pops of gold to give it a clean and celebratory feeling.
Start the menu with a simple, light, and fresh spinach and pomegranate vinaigrette salad. A lavender-rubbed pork loin with rosemary and sea salt-roasted potatoes makes for a hearty and seasonally inspired main course. For dessert? Lavender scones and espresso, of course!
Let's not forget a great libation to toast to the year ahead. A Lavender and Elderflower Fizz is as easy to make as it is to drink:
Lavender & Elderflower Fizz
2-3 oz. Champagne
1-2 drops lavender bitters
1/2 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
Lavender stems for garnish
- Pour Champagne into champagne flute, add lavender bitters and Elderflower liqueur, light stir.
- Garnish with lavender stems and enjoy.