In The Lourensford Forest
We captured the scene of this magnificent Easter feast on location in the forest at Lourensford Estate. Set inside a handcrafted gazebo, texture and geometrical patterns is the overriding notion to the look & feel of the setting. Aleit’s golden rule is to never compete with the milieu, whether inside or out. One’s surroundings should enhance the final outcome of the look and feel that you’ve opted for. Always plan your table setting according to the space you have available.
Interesting Colour Combinations
Speaking of golden, this is a glorious colour that enhances any pantone and we have utilized these colour combinations for this majestic scene. There is nothing more regal than having each guest settling in with nothing less luxurious than a perfectly aligned, shiny gold place setting (Bronze is a great alternative). Quality fabric napkins are a must and a candle flickering in in the daylight is not a sin, it’s a necessity! The rhythm and movement reflecting in crystal stimulates all other sensory experiences including sight, sound, taste and touch. Aleit emphasizes that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the celling. What’s above is often more important than what meets the eye. It becomes a perfect picture frame.
Traditional Easter Recipes
Wherever your guests may find their eyes, there should be a moment or a still life – unpretentious, elegant and opulent. The menu is a reinvention of tradition, taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. The traditional Easter recipes with a twist such as Deconstructed pickled fish with saffron jelly, curried custard and tempura pickled onion rings, a feast of roasted chicken, carrot puree, pickled mushrooms, crispy quail egg and chicken of the wood foraged mushrooms and for dessert, a board of treats consisting of simnel cake, carrot cake ice-cream, textures of marshmallow, dehydrated cherry dust, cherry jelly and chocolate soil. No matter what your religious beliefs or family traditions, “mooi was nog altyd mooi”!
Photography: Joe Dreyer