There are so many reasons to love entertaining in the Spring time - fresher veggies at the farmer's market, sun shining through windows, and - of course - an excuse to add a few new pieces to the wardrobe to show off while you're doing it!

When I entertain friends, it's not always about making things a big production - dinner parties are lovely, but the reality is that most of the time our little get togethers at my home or studio are a group effort - I provide the setting and a dish or two, and my girlfriends bring some of their favorite nibbles to share as well. The focus is on time spent together, instead of stressing out about making a full menu of dishes, and it's always fun and special.

And how does it all come together? Take a look!

I'm lucky enough to live fairly close to Pike Place Market, here in Seattle, so I start my day with a jaunt up the hill to gather ingredients and run other errands while I'm at it. Layers are always the name of the game in spring (you never know what the weather is going to do around here!) so a few light layers, and comfy boyfriend jeans will do the trick. I love this leather and linen jacket as an easy way to add style to a casual outfit.

Add a necklace for a splash of color, and some sensible heels, and you've got yourself one good-lookin' errand running ensemble! At the market, I grab some fixings for a super simple salad, and of course pop by the wine shop for some bubbly. (No girl's night is ever complete without it!)

Back at the studio, I always like to change into something close to what I'm going to wear for the party, so that when the time comes, it's a quick swap out of top and accessories before the guests arrive. Black skinny jeans are my staple for life in general, and I love the fit of these petite ones - they hit me just right! The black and white sweater is so fun and sporty, but could totally be dressed up too - in my opinion a definite must for spring! I love it paired with my converse as I fuss around the kitchen, and clean up the space for guests.

On the menu for entertaining this day, I have a super light salad, the way my Nonna used to make hers. With spring here, we're ready for recipes that take advantage of produce that hasn't been around for a while (I've been cooking with a lot of peas!) and also lighter fare to help jump start some cleaner eating for the sunny months ahead.

I take my fresh butter lettuce, and sprinkle fresh lemon juice, sea salt, and olive oil over it. Toss the salad, and then top it with shaved pecorino (or parmesan). Growing up Italian, we would sometimes eat our salad at the end of the meal, as a palate cleanser after heavy pastas. This type of salad is perfect for that as it's light and simple, and the lemon acts as a great digestive!

When it's almost time to for guests to arrive, I do a quick swap out of my top (the leather detailing on this bright blue is so good!) and add some accessories to fancy things up a bit before putting the finishing touches on the table! Some simple white dishes are accented by playful salad plates that I recently thrifted - their cheerful color is perfect for perking up the table, as are the patterned napkins and blue glassware. Just a touch of color can go a long way in a setting like this!