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There’s dinnertime, there’s lunchtime, but nothing beats a brunch time! That’s right, folks–today we spotlight the beauty of a well-planned brunch. A little hint: it’s not as hard as it looks! In fact, hosting the perfect brunch starts with taking the emphasis off “perfect.” While the blogosphere is filled with images of party tables (even brunch tables) filled with neatly labeled edibles on matching paper, don’t feel pressure to over-coordinate. Sometimes less is much, much more. [from Architect Mom]
Setting the Stage…Just how do you set a brunch table? There’s no one right way! But here are a couple of ideas… For starters, let the food serve as your centerpiece. After all, you have to cook, don’t you? Don’t stress about how to decorate your table. Put that energy into preparing beautiful food. If you’re still looking for a way to add festivity, you can always add a vase of flowers (as mentioned above), or you can drape a festive garland in a visible spot. Below we see a Mother’s Day Brunch Surprise from Hostess with the Mostess…
Then there are the place settings! Now is a great time to bust out those colorful dishes or glasses you never get to use. Add an eye-catching napkin ring, and you’re set. Get inspired by the place setting of the Modern Spring Brunch below. View the entire gallery at Confetti Pop:
Brunch Food and Drink OptionsLet’s hear it for the food and drinks! After all, the main activity of a tasty brunch is eating, right? One of my favorite ways to entertain involves introducing an unexpected cocktail. I was delighted to find this Apple Flower Cocktail from A Beautiful Mess, complete with a light and refreshing recipe that includes apple and lime juice, as well as rosewater and Bénédictine Liqueur!
I hosted a party last week and served these Strawberry Balsamic Basil Spritzers from A Cozy Kitchen. It’s always nice to offer a non-alcoholic option that’s as special as the alcoholic drinks! With a strawberry balsamic puree and a basil simple syrup, this recipe is absolutely delicious. And its unusual nature will pique your guests’ interest!
Remember when we said this post was all about making it easy on yourself? What could be easier than setting up a bellini bar that allows guests to mix their own drinks? The bar below features champagne, fresh fruit and fruit purees. Deliciously wonderful and perfect for the host who doesn’t want to be refilling drinks all morning! [from HGTV.com]
We now begin transitioning from drinks to food with the help of the festive shots below. Individual servings of orange juice and a delicious coffee cake demand to be consumed. Notice how pink is used as a brunch theme color, thanks to striped drinking straws and edible flowers
When we saw this tasty image below, our jaws dropped! What better way to serve up a decadent brunch feast than by layering a cake stand with delicious goodies? Below we see cranberry-orange scones complemented by fresh strawberries and clotted cream. This beautifully planned brunch was created by Camille Styles for Hayneedle.com:
Brunch FavorsThere’s no rule that says you have to gift your guests with favors at the end of the brunch gathering. But for those who want to go the extra mile, we thought we’d offer a couple of ideas… Succulents are stylish, relatively easy to care for, and affordable. Send brunch-goers home with their very own low-maintenance greenery, as shown below. This gesture will be the perfect exclamation point to your festive gathering! [from Monji Landscape Companies]