We were lucky enough to spend Easter at my parents house over Easter which is in the beautiful Hunter Valley. We had invited a few friends to join us for the long weekend, while my parents ventured to the city to take in all the galleries and museums! For us, it was perfect. The chance to unwind and relax in the countryside.
Some of you may remember late last year, I was lucky enough to win a very special “Lunch in the Fields” prize, where we dined with Peter Gilmore and Rene Redzepi in the beautiful surrounds of the kitchen garden farm that Quay uses for its fresh ingredients. It was here, we drew inspiration for our Good Friday long lunch – Easter in the Field!
It was actually my husband Ryan’s idea, and I loved it! We immediately got to work, and in true style I got a little over excited. We had only really decided earlier that week that we wanted to do it, so it was all hands on deck. Thankfully I have an equally excited Mum and sister, who are both creative geniuses – so between us, we began perfecting the most amazing outdoor lunch event (with a little help thanks to pinterest!)
After we arrived from Sydney on Thursday night – we got to work!
Both my sister, Mum and I had raided everything we had at home and work to start the set up. We painted some of my sisters frames white and coated the backs in blackboard paint. We knew we were going for a rustic country style, and Dad’s shed was perfect for grabbing an assortment of pieces to use.
We woke early that morning and started the task of the setup. Everyone did such an amazing job, and I was so pleased with the results! My parents have the most amazing garden out the back of the house, so Mum picked all the flowers for the centerpieces and made mini bouquets for the tables in jars that my sister had at home.
I really wanted there to be a few different areas to the field as it is quite large, and with Dad’s furniture scattered around it was wonderful! We even borrowed Dad’s wheelbarrow to store the drinks for day.
My talented sister designed a menu for us and these were on each place setting when the guests started to arrive. We truly did go a bit crazy with the DIY, but I think overall it certainly made it a lunch to remember.
We were very lucky with the weather with the sun shining and a beautiful 26 degree day ahead, we just couldn’t wait until our guests arrived as they had no idea what was in store!
Stay tuned for more, as there are plenty of photos from the lunch to come!
Have you ever hosted a lunch or dinner party and got a little excited with the DIY?