Luncheons and Bouquets by: Anne Valgoi

Luncheons and Bouquets by: Anne Valgoi

What Better Way to Welcome Spring/Summer 2021 Than

With Luncheons with Girlfriends and Bouquets

Written by Anne Valgoi

Pictures by:  Pexel

     As the vaccination process successfully continues across the nation, most of us are feeling hopeful that life is returning to normal.  Spring is in full bloom and the weather is gorgeous here in Atlanta.  So, invite your favorite gal pals and let us head to some of my treasured places for lunch.

     The Swan Coach House is in Buckhead on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center and has been a staple since 1964.  Interestingly this little gem which consists of a restaurant, gift shop and art gallery, was opened by a group of ladies “to raise money for the arts while serving family recipes on their own plates and silverware.”  I adore their signature chicken salad, frozen fruit salad, cheese straws and of course, their champagne punch.  It is a perfect spot for bridal luncheons and baby showers also.

     Another popular restaurant for special girlfriend luncheons is Le Bilboquet, nestled within the Shops of Buckhead.  It is an upscale bistro with a “vibrant atmosphere paired with simple French cuisine”.  It brings a slice of Parisian Café culture to the neighborhood.  Some best-loved menu items are the Cajun Chicken served with a heaping pile of crispy pomme frites, the Crab and Avocado Salad, and the Steak Tartare.  I have enjoyed a few birthday celebrations at their authentic sidewalk café complete with white-clothed tables.  It is ideal for people watching, sharing girl talk or a nice glass of Rose!

     The Ivy Tea House finishes my list of recommendations.  It is located in a charming historic cottage just north of Atlanta.  You can enjoy high tea with updated Southern, British, and French classics.  It is open Friday and Saturday afternoons by reservation only.  Their custom-blended teas and tisanes, along with scrumptious teatime delights both sweet and savory will leave you feeling satisfied and sophisticated! I urge you to invite your best girls and dress in high heels and big, beautiful hats while embracing this darling experience.

     Transitioning into florals, new and interesting trends for 2021 are on opposite spectrum ends with soft, neutrals and minimalist styling to bold and bright luscious arrangements.  This is the year of inclusivity!  2020 was a difficult period and many are viewing 2021 as a new beginning and fresh start.  The flower of 2021, the Sunflower, represents positive symbolism and peacefulness.  Additionally, bright yellow represents a Pantone 2021 Color of the Year!

     “The use of flowers and plants in the home are now viewed as not just a luxury but rather a necessity that brings joy, pleasure, and a boost to well-being.”  Moreover, many bouquets are focused on calming herb and florals such as chamomile and lavender which are both decorative and functional.

     One last trend that indeed surprised me was the move towards the use of dried flowers and grasses, a popular style in the 1980’s.  I will keep you posted on the direction of this craze.

     “Flowers are a great way to express your personality.”  Whether you are drawn towards the calming neutrals or love a splash of uplifting color, I encourage you to incorporate flowers into your lifestyle and remember your special gal pals with either a long over-due luncheon or a simple “just because” spring bouquet.



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