lavender loveliness

I’m not sure there is any time of year when I don’t appreciate lavender, however in the winter, the scent reminds me of summer.  This summer I spent some time in Hvar, an Island of Croatia where the lavender grows in abundance and brought home the most intoxicating smelling lavender oil I have ever smelled.  I often times put a few drops of it in my creams to create that essence of summer, or even better, Provence and/or Croatia!

Lavender also has many medicinal properties such relieving stress, soothing headaches {when the essential oil from the flower is rubbed onto your temples}, and it is known to aid with calming.

image via:  london-bride

There is something about the rustic elegance of this flower that makes it a beautiful choice for a wedding as well.  You don’t need a lot of it to make a simple statement of beauty.

And the essence of lavender in food such as honeys, cheeses, creme brûlées, cocktails, macaroons & even chicken dishes, is always a welcome addition!

Images via:  {this is glamorous}.

I came across this recipe via Martha Stewart for lavender champagne and thought it would be a lovely aperitif for any wedding, celebration or even dinner party to welcome your guests with.  Simple, light, & not too sweet {recipe below}.

Lavender Champagne
Serves 16

1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon dried lavender
4 bottles (750 mL) dry Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
Fresh lavender sprigs, for garnish

Directions
Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in dried lavender. Remove from heat. Let cool completely. Strain out lavender. Refrigerate syrup until ready to serve (up to 1 month).

Pour about 6 ounces Champagne and 1 1/2 teaspoons syrup into each flute. Garnish each with a lavender sprig.

to note: it is essentially champagne and lavender simple syrup, so you can make the simple syrup in advance and have it on hand for any last minute entertaining opportunities that come up.

I will be hosting a dinner in a few weeks and this will be what I offer my guests upon their arrival, should be a delicious way to start the evening.

with that, I wish you a lovely Thursday!
~Emmanuelle

 

About Emmanuelle

Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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