Celebrate the joys of June with a colorful table and a light and lively meal
Recipes for this story
Hibiscus and Goji Berry Iced Tea
Chipotle Cheese Puffs
Chilled Tomato, Basil, and Bread Soup
Grilled Hazelnut Salmon with Watercress, Snow Pea, and Beet Salad
Triple Cherry Trifle
Written by Rebecca Christian
Photographs by Luca Travato
Produced by Krissa Rossbund
Red and green may be synonymous with Christmas, but when you use cherry red and apple green—accented by a white as bright as Tom Sawyer’s legendary picket fence—the result is the epitome of summer joie de vivre. “When paired with vivid color, bright white becomes the ultimate summery accent,” explains Traditional Home’s senior style editor Krissa Rossbund of the scheme she created for this alfresco dinner for weekend houseguests at the Malibu home of designer Erika Brunson.
A pro at mixing flea-market finds with fine tableware, Krissa created a tablescape that is casually luxurious, using crystal glasses and sterling flatware with mother-of-pearl handles. Yet it’s also reminiscent of lazy, hazy summer days spent picnicking (napkins in an oversized check), antiquing (the hobnail milk glass your grandmother collected), gardening (fragrant mini-pots of herbs at each guest’s plate) and boating (rope trim on the cushions that make patio chairs comfortable enough to linger in until the fireflies come out).
Jewel-toned fruit set out as a warm-weather appetizer confirms that life is a bowl of cherries while rattan lanterns flicker, introducing a rougher texture to the polished tabletop. The menu is as light and refreshing as a summer shower, featuring chilled tomato-basil soup, grilled salmon, and a cherry trifle.
With good food and lively company in a smashing seasonal setting, such an evening proves—as a poet once said—that spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.