Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Garden party: Entertaining with colors and textures from the garden harvest

The colors and textures of my kitchen garden always give me inspiration for my summer entertaining. My garden harvest not only inspires the menu but also the theme and the decor of the event. This was exactly the case with my last garden party.

Instead of using traditional flowers, my colorful kitchen garden harvest was arranged on cake pedestals to decorate the buffet table

The centerpieces were made with zinnias, carrot flowers, dill flowers, bunches of Sun gold tomatoes, hyacinth beans and jasmine vines. Another inspiration from the kitchen garden.

Appetizers were served in one side of the the garden

Spanakopitas were made with beetroot and Indian spices

Dhokla sandwiches

Stuffed mini peppers

My daughter made labels for all the dishes

Buffet table is all set in the patio 

Almost all the dishes were made with my kitchen garden harvest 

Raita, wafers and chutneys. Chutneys are an integral part of Indian food.

Coconut rice and chicken biryani for the carnivorous guests

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),,please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

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  1. Everything is beautiful!
    I love the fruits piled high on the white pedestals . . . and your food looks so delicious!
    Thanks so much for sharing,

  2. super AHHHhmMazZeD, as usual, by your kitchen garden post! Oh how I would love to be a part of your gathering...xo

  3. Very beautiful and oh my it makes me hungry as well :)

  4. The food sounds amazing, and your presentation is so wonderful! I love the little elephant place holders!

  5. What a beautiful, colorful meal. A garden party of the finest quality!

  6. Another elegant spread with finesse and attention to detail. Do tell, how do you manage serving so many items hot/heated at a buffet? Especially if there are meat or bread dishes?