Written and Styled by Cyd Converse, editor/creative director of The Sweetest Occasion
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, many of us are thinking about ways to recognize the special women in our lives. A sweet little ladylike brunch is the perfect solution to slow down and enjoy time together. Bonus: hosting a Mother’s Day brunch is easier than you think. All it takes is a few thoughtful touches, tasty eats and a little craftiness. (No Martha Stewart-esque skills required, I promise!)
First up, setting the table. When selecting elements like linens, tableware and flowers, pick a color that you love to serve as inspiration. From there, mix and match different patterns and textures to create interest and keep things fun. Here the linens are a $2 garage sale find. The hand embroidery in shades of green set the stage for all details. For flowers, pick up seasonal blooms and arrange them in whatever glass vase or container is hanging around. (You can also find them inexpensively at places like Hobby Lobby, Marshalls and Christmas Tree Shops.) A good rule of thumb: you can never go wrong with white flowers. They mix well with any decor and large bunches bundled together create impact without having pro floral arranging skills. Add an extra touch of color and texture by dressing up your vase with ribbon, twine or fabric. Used here is a band of jute webbing (from www.burlapfabric.com) quickly attached on the backside with safety pins. Hot glue or double-stick tape would also do the trick. Once your table is set, it’s all about the good stuff — food! To make any celebration and the intended guest of honor feel extra special, serve simple foods dressed up in inexpensive ways. We displayed a pretty fruit tart (found at Wegmans) on a rustic cutting board. Instead of leaving croissants and pastries in the paper bakery box, arrange them in a napkin-lined basket or tray. The addition of little details such as striped paper straws (available at www.shopsweetlulu.com) and pretty garnishes like sprigs of thyme in lemonade pull everything together without a lot of fuss, but will give the appearance that you spent all day crafting the perfect brunch table.