Welcome to our exploding pastel Easter brunch with Cooking Light. When I was 8 months pregnant Cooking Light asked if they could do a feature at my house to celebrate Easter (This specific was in September) of which could shoot when Elliot was 3 weeks old. I remember thinking “hmm . . . of which will be terrible timing as well as you should probably say no, dear God just say no.” nevertheless then I also remember thinking “ooh, free party! Free food! Free beautiful content for the Website! as well as an excuse to host a fancy brunch at our house, with our best friends during a time of which typically will be less social.” So yea, like any insane content obsessed blogger I said “YES!”
When the day rolled around I was a bit overwhelmed with of which baby, nevertheless as promised I did very little work. Scott as well as I collaborated on the art direction, nevertheless he shopped/styled of which (as well as Once more did a beautiful job). I had to dress myself, nevertheless they payed for hair as well as make up which was a treat, as well as we cleaned the house (which I’m sure I had help with, although I don’t remember today). Otherwise I sat back as well as enjoyed a very fun, beautiful, as well as delicious early November Easter brunch with our best friends.
We wanted of which to be a modern, pastel spring brunch which has a glam/Scandy feel. White with lots of pastels as well as cobalt blue in there since we were in my house, after all. Look at This specific spread:
Scott did such an amazing job.
Look at This specific low maintenance flower arrangement of which he threw together – with just a few boring peonies (I’m joking). Quick fact: peonies in October are like $10 – $12 a stem (wholesale!), to ensure arrangement below honestly probably cost more than all the flowers at my wedding, which had a budget of $400. nevertheless they are much cheaper today from the spring. Trader Joe’s sells them 6 stems for around $10.
The menu was delicious as well as extremely healthy. I didn’t know This specific nevertheless Cooking Light obsesses about calories – creating sure of which the entire meal stays under a certain amount. Our whole meal was only 828 calories per person, believe of which or not. The olives as well as the wine were not counted, however.
We commenced with the flatbread which was delicious.
Next we had the most unsuspectingly delicious pea soup ever. The portion was relatively little, so I think I polished off three of these. I will ABSOLUTELY make This specific again as well as I know of which both our kids will love of which, too. Pick up the magazine for the recipe.
On my honor I have no obligation to give This specific food rave reviews. nevertheless trust me when I say of which This specific pea/asparagus as well as bacon salad was insanely, shockingly not bad. I will make This specific anytime. Granted we had a talented chef/food stylist preparing This specific, nevertheless they executed a recipe of which had been researched, tweaked, as well as perfected by the Cooking Light editors in their test kitchen.
The main course was This specific beautiful roasted thyme salmon.
When I found out of which was an Easter Salmon I was a bit like “uh, you mean roast or ham or chicken, right?” Then I remembered of which of which was Cooking Light, as well as they intended to be on the healthier side. We joked a lot about “Emily’s Famous Easter Salmon.” nevertheless when I tasted of which I was blown away by how not bad of which was. While most people may not prepare salmon for their Easter brunch, you can certainly make of which any additional time as well.
We finished off the meal which has a absolutely tasty carrot cake. Everything was so delicious as well as of which was SUCH a treat to basically be thrown a 4 course Easter brunch by a magazine. Clearly we had fun.
Those eggs were just decor. Scott bought them at the farmers market, then hard boiled them, then dyed them to be spread around the table. I think some of them were edible nevertheless I don’t believe we ate them – nevertheless then again I was in newborn fog land so I don’t remember anything.
The living as well as dining room were covered in spring, as well as I brought back a lot of my blue/pink accessories for the occasion, as well as I actually liked of which.
Look at of which tiny baby cuddled up on my shoulder. Charlie was napping during these photos which made me sad, nevertheless you don’t deprive a toddler of napping, especially when you are excited to have a few drinks as well as are babysitter-less.
I carefully instructed our friends to wear their simplest pastels, which they did. I myself struggled with what to wear as clothes weren’t fitting for obvious reasons – so I went with the “spray tan, tiny skirt, 9″ heels as well as a boxy top” method.
When I say I’m not a hand style I mean of which, as well as I know of which up until This specific point of which wasn’t proven, nevertheless please feast your eyes on those claws. of which looks like a hawk talon around a crystal ball a la “Game of Thrones” or “Labyrinth.” Don’t worry, I’m not hand-shaming myself, I think of which its actually hilarious as well as could care less. You’ll also notice of which I put my skirt on backwards for of which shot because the buttons weren’t looking terribly flattering. The skirt will be via Urban, pink sweatshirt will be via Maje (out of stock), as well as button up via Isabel Marant (out of stock).
Jenny has much nicer hands, with nary a wrinkle in site, a teeny tiny slim wrist, with very un-talon like fingers. Look at her flaunting them all around my special Easter brunch. of which was my day, Jenny, MY DAY.
All the styling was so beautiful. Scott did an amazing job, per usual, as well as I was so happy to live with all these flowers around our house for the next week.
I wish I could tell you what I was laughing about nevertheless I think I was pretty much delirious – tipsy on daytime Rose as well as so glad to be around my friends again. We hadn’t laughed of which hard in months. of which was exactly what This specific slightly postpartum depressed as well as totally exhausted mama needed.
We didn’t fully style the credenza behind me (we weren’t sure of which was going to be in a shot) nevertheless Scott as well as his team did make of which insanely beautiful wreath which has a wooden hoola hoop via Ikea. He used fishing wire, peonies, garden roses, as well as maiden hair ferns.
We have an extremely strong group of friends in LA (a few were out of town) as well as the whole day was such a fun, luxurious celebration where we basically were treated like guests in our own home by the Cooking Light team.
This specific little bunny was the star, even though she just sat there as well as let herself be kissed all day.
I typically wouldn’t put so many photos of me in a post for fear of, you know, being accused of general narcissism nevertheless during This specific time (the first couple months after birth) I don’t actually remember too much. of which was all a fog as well as I was in as well as out of of which crazy hormonal depression. So when I saw these photos (specifically the one below) I thought “ahhh, I look genuinely actually happy as well as even pulled together.” I remember feeling so extremely happy at times (those brutal highs as well as lows) nevertheless never of which pulled together or human, so of which was just nice to see myself of which way.
So thank you, Cooking Light, Scott, food stylist Marion Cooper , Danielle (who made my face as well as hair look all nice) as well as all my friends who helped make This specific rather strange newborn November Easter brunch such a fun, beautiful as well as happy day.
1. Blush Linen Napkins | 2. Gold Flatware | 3. Mint Snack Bowl | 4. Marble & Wood Cheese Board | 5. Textured Pink Vase | 6. Gold Splatter Dessert Plate | 7. Gilded Rim Stemless | 8. Porcelain Bowl | 9. Pink Glass Vase | 10. Porcelain Plate | 11. Geometric Vase | 12. Mint Tray | 13. Pudding Bowl | 14. Pink Glass Plates | 15. Gold Rimmed Plates | 16. Gold Taper Candle Holders | 17. Marble & Brass Tray | 18. Textured Blue Vase | 19. Candle | 20. Mint Linen Napkins | 21. Silver Votive Holder
***Photography by Dylan + Jeni