Last night, New York City’s most organically-inclined joined forces to celebrate Edible Schoolyard NYC. Originally inspired by Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters's pioneering program, the organization promotes the growth of fruit and vegetable patches throughout public schools. Fitting, then, that the springtime benefit would be dripping with greenery. And as has been true in years past, none other than renowned events planner Bronson van Wyck spearheaded the creative effort. Below, in honor of the occasion, van Wyck shares seven pieces of advice for how to spring-ify your party.
Change up your fabrics
It’s finally time to wake up from a long winter’s nap. Take a deep stretch, and then begin to tuck away your velvet and wool as you make room for spring’s finest fabrics. Loose-weave throws made from natural fibers like linen, rattan, and jute complement pillows in an array of lively, colorful prints.
Less is often more
As you begin transitioning your home to spring, it can feel stark and maybe even a little naked, but you’ll find it can be cathartic to shed the layers. Soon you will be accustomed to the clean simplicity, where your décor is often functional and multipurpose.
Look out for potted plants
Accessorize your dining table using potted herbs. They bring a fresh pop of green into your space and double as tools to spice up your cooking. My personal favorites include lavender, basil, Greek oregano, garlic chives, and thyme.
Citrus is key
Keep bowls of bright citrus, like lemons, limes, and tangerines, on hand for cocktail hour. A gold star for authenticity will be awarded to those who can find lemons and limes on the vine.
As is greenery
Whether it’s through plants or fabrics, make sure you incorporate the color green into your space wherever possible. I consider green to be a neutral, especially in the spring. With so many shades, you can find a hue to mix into your home with table linens, cocktail napkins, runners, throw pillows . . . even a julep cup for your desk filled with pens in a single shade of green.
Cover your bases
Moss is a hidden gem for event professionals. We tuck it here and there into potted plants, or even use it as a table runner to give a space a lush hint of patina, like an old, storied orangerie in France.
When it comes to trees, go big or go home
Make room for potted trees, vines, or topiaries to nestle into your entry and living spaces. A tree can bring height to a space and draw your eye away from heavy furniture. I like kumquat trees, olive trees, ficus, and English ivy. Don’t disregard a playful topiary in the shape of your favorite animal to add an element of whimsy to your home.
This story originally appeared on Vogue.
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