A festive Mother’s Day lunch (children welcome!)
Recipes in this Story
Farmer's Market Greens with Carrots and Radishes
Pappardelle with Lemon-Leek Sauce
Butterfinger Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce
Written and produced by Krissa Rossbund
Photographs by Michael Garland
You’re never too young to experience a formal meal with proper arrangements and a fine table setting. So when Lulu Powers—who coined the term “entertainologist” to describe herself—designed a Mother’s Day lunch, she wanted to include children on the guest list. “Too often events are unnecessarily labeled ‘adults only,’ ” explains the Los Angeles-based hostess, who cooks, caters, and creates stylish tablescapes.
“With minor adjustments, a gathering can be suitable to everyone, so no exclusions have to be made,” Lulu says.
Lulu’s menu includes options for kid-friendly twists. Limeade is cooled with fruit frozen into novelty ice cubes. Pasta with vegetables can easily be doctored to everyone’s liking by adding grilled shrimp, and ice cream blended with crushed candy bars is a fun throwback even for the most sophisticated palate. Candy dishes filled with colorful sweets keep the mood of the luncheon high-spirited.
The decoration, too, evokes childhood pleasures with oversized bronze jacks as part of the centerpiece. Flatware with a soft gold-finish boosts the subtle patterns on mismatched but coordinating dinner plates and adds a soft, warm glow to the scheme. A natural--colored linen tablecloth embroidered with a hot-pink border is yet another allusion to spring. Green glasses with peonies and green-tinted water glasses all ground the shocking pink accents.
“Mother’s Day is a time for multiple generations,” says Lulu. “A lunch is the perfect occasion to introduce formality in an easy, toned-down way.”