When the weather turns warm, my favorite way to kick off an evening with friends is out on the terrace with plates of grilled artichokes, garlic aioli and glasses of sauvignon blanc. There’s really nothing better, although fair warning that your guests will be fighting over the mouthwatering hearts. (Did y’all catch the post where I showed how to prep them?) It doesn’t hurt that artichokes are some of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous veggies around, so I took a cue from their shades of plum and sage as the palette for an early-spring dinner party; a long table draped simply with a piece of white linen and adorned with rustic groupings of olive branches and artichokes. By the way, I mentioned to y’all that I was a bit nervous about attempting the ice cream cake roll my mom wanted for her birthday over the weekend? She ended up changing her mind at the last minute to my signature chocolate soufflés, and they turned out superbly… thinking I need to make that our next Tuesday Tasting! Hope you’re all having a great start to the week, and stay tuned for some super happy floral inspiration from The Byrd Collective later this afternoon!

*images: {row 1} saipua flowers, blackberries & champagne, keira knightley {row 2} bowl of artichokes, flowers in medicine bottles {row 3} bridal bouquet, menu card, butterflies {row 4} table in garden, kari herer peonies photograph, artichoke centerpiece, vegetable place setting.


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