Girls Who Brunch

Happy Friday everyone! I started my new job this week (which has been amazing!), but it has definitely kept me super busy and I’ve been a little MIA from the blogging world. Well, I am happy to say I am back and ready to give you some tips and tricks on how to throw the perfect girls’ day brunch just in time for the weekend! So grab your favorite girlfriends, throw your hair up in a topknot, pour yourself a mimosa, and get ready to brunch!

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day so when the weekend rolls around, I get extra excited to sleep in a little then make a big, yummy breakfast. Recently, one of my best girlfriends graduated college and I couldn’t wait to celebrate her huge accomplishment! I had also just moved into my new apartment and really wanted her to come over to see it. So I decided what better way to celebrate than to invite her over for a little girly brunch where we could hang out, catch up on our busy life, celebrate our milestones and have a mimosa in hand while doing it. 😉

Being on a tight budget, I didn’t want to have to go out and buy a bunch of stuff and I didn’t want it to be too extravagant since it was just the two of us. So I found some things I already had around my house and got a little creative! This is by no means the most perfect brunch setting, but it was perfect for her and I and what I wanted it to be. I’m so excited to share some tips with you on how to make a brunch extra special!

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Feminine & Fun Table Setting:

Ok, first things first. Clearly, I never learned the “proper” way to set a table (whoops!) because I think the fork and spoon should be switched. Anyone out there want to give a girl some advice?! Anyways, just ignore that and admire all the prettiness instead! 🙂 I love the summery color scheme I chose for this girls’ brunch. The light blue and beige with pops of pink and green make it feel bright and uplifting, while also being feminine and fun. I also love the mix of silver and gold, ceramic and glass, etched and smooth, woven cloth and wood. It brings extra dimensions of texture and contrast to the table. The pop of greenery in the napkin ring pull the accent colors to the forefront, helping it all to blend together. The tall stemmed glasses are wine glasses, not champagne glasses, but the beautiful etched pattern and the long crystal stem make them so elegant, I just couldn’t resist!

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Fresh Flowers:

What girl doesn’t love fresh flowers?! Peonies are my ABSOLUTE favorite so I knew I had to pick up a pretty pink bunch for my girls’ day brunch. (Whoa, check out that rhyming action!). But seriously, something about peonies just screams girly and feminine. The minute I look at them, I can’t help but light up inside. I complimented the pink peonies with a pretty little bunch of greenery and used cute jars I had to tie in the color scheme and add some texture. Flowers are the perfect way to warm up a space, bring some good energy into the room, and make your visitors smile!

Mimosa (or juice) Bar:

My favorite way to have mimosas is when I get to create my own! I don’t have a ton of options here since it was just the two of us, but it’s still a fun way to serve up your beverages! (If you don’t drink alcohol or aren’t a fan of champagne, you could substitute for a juice bar with fresh fruit or your beverage of choice!). I chose the traditional orange juice and also added a tropical juice blend. Other good options include grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, raspberry lemonade, or cranberry juice! I used wine carafes I had picked up a while back at Cost Plus World Market and tied a cute gift tag around them to label the juices. I set it all on a handmade chalkboard cheese board made by The Industrial Broker. You could also have fresh fruit to drop in your glass or herbs like mint and basil! Feel free to get as creative as you desire! If you’re a champagne kinda girl, pick up your favorite bottle and don’t forget to keep it chilled!

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Fresh & Light Menu:

Since you don’t want your guests to leave feeling heavy and sluggish, it’s a good idea to think of a menu that is light and fresh. You want to serve enough food that no one leaves hungry, but just try to keep it healthy while still being flavorful and delicious! I served tomato, spinach, and feta egg white souffles (courtesy of Katie’s Cucina ) and they turned out amazing! They rise up in the oven making them light and fluffy, while the feta and herbs make it full of flavor and super yummy! I served the souffles in individual ramekins along side a piece of avocado toast. I toasted the bread, smashed the avocado on top, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with pink himalayan sea salt, and topped it off with a dash of red pepper chili flakes for a little kick (just omit if you’re not a big fan of spicy). Another great idea is a greek yogurt parfait or a farmer’s market scramble with local veggies. Just make sure to choose something you know you and your guest(s) will all love!

Giggles, Laughs, & Good Conversation:

Remember, the reason you’re probably throwing a brunch is to spend time with your favorite gals and catch up on your busy lives! Throwing any kind of breakfast/lunch/dinner party can be overwhelming and cause you to get a little stressed out, but just remember to practice gratitude in the process and stay true to what caused you to invite your guest over in the first place. Do as much prepping as you can ahead of time, so that when your guest arrives, all you have to do is plate up the meal and make sure their mimosa glass is filled! Then laugh and talk the morning away!

Does anyone have any other brunch ideas or favorite brunch meals? I’d love to hear! Leave me a comment below or email me with any ideas or suggestions. I hope you all enjoy your weekend! xox

 

 

 

{Table Setting Details:}

Farm Table: Handmade by The Industrial Broker  | Dining Chairs: Target

Placemats: HomeGoods | Wine Glasses: Anthropologie | Dishes: Target

Napkins: Pottery Barn | Napkin Rings: Pottery Barn

Carafe: Cost Plus World Market | Chalkboard Cheese Board: The Industrial Broker

 

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