How to Throw a Simple Brunch

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I typically have brunch on the brain.  (Mostly because of my affinity for pancakes … and carbs in general.)  And brunch doesn’t need to be complicated.  I love throwing together something simple and bright, and Summer is the perfect time to play with sweet brunch settings for your family and friends.

A few months back we actually threw this little brunch (for the Style Me Pretty Living photoshoot, mostly because I can’t help but feed guests, always), and it occurred to me how easily you could put together such a sweet little party.  For this brunch we went with a cheese platter (I used a two-tier dessert tray and served a soft brie, aged cheddar, parmesan, and a hard goat cheese); fresh fruit (grapes and strawberries); coffee and juice; and fresh croissants and rolls from our favorite little French bakery.  Normally I put all of this pressure on myself to bake and/or cook, but the truth is, fresh baked goods from a favorite bakery or market are always a huge hit (and save me plenty of hard work.)

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In case you’re wondering, those amazing baked goods are almond-filled croissants, dalmatian croissants (croissants with toasted black sesame seeds), and French tulip rolls.

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I rolled out a piece of chalkboard table runner, placed stacks of dishes, cups, and napkins on the table, and threw my gold silverware into mason jars for easy serving.

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Be sure to serve plenty of good coffee, and ingredients for a breakfast cocktail (think bellini or mimosa).  Fresh flowers also go a long way for keeping things beautiful and festive.

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Shop the Brunch Table:  DIY Farm Table // Ghost Chairs: Local Event Chairs Vendor // Chalkboard Table Runner: Anthropologie// Metallic Crackle Flower Pot: Anthropologie // Wood Chalkboard with Ceramic Pen Holder: Target // Milk Glass Cake Stands // Opalescent Tumblers: Anthropologie // Gold-Dipped Glass Pitchers: IKEA (DIY) // White Dishware: IKEA // Gold Flatware: West Elm // Gold Cake-Serving Set: West Elm // Yarn-Dyed Striped Napkins: West Elm // Silver Bar Cart: DIY via Target // Silver Shelves: IKEA // Silver Measuring Spoons: Anthropologie // Gold-Dipped Mugs: Starbucks // Gold Coffee Press: Vintage

Photography: Jeremy Harwell | Design & Styling: Jennifer Wurtzebach of The Chic Pad & Lexi Holzberg Kritzer of Glitter, Inc.


Lexi

12 comments


  1. Rachel

    All those pastries are making me hungry! Once I move into a bigger space, I’d love to host brunches and dinners, but right now our space is too cramped 🙁

    • Lexi

      Trust me, our space is tiny – we just kind of make it work! ha

  2. Alyssa

    That gold cutlery is amazzzzinnnnnggg. And everything looks so yummy!

    • Lexi

      West Elm — love them!

  3. Brunch is the best meal! Especially when it involves croissants and bits of gold:)

    • Lexi

      Oh my goodness, yes!

  4. This looks absolutely fantastic!! Croissants are amazing and I love the tulip rolls too, they look like the ones they serve at Bouchon! Delicious 🙂

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