So I’m trying out a new idea. I’ve been wanting to do a series of entertaining ideas shot at night. I love to do things that are more conceptual and non-traditional and have always been afraid to do it because I didn’t know how you all would respond. Also, I am an amateur photographer at best and I didn’t know if I’d be able to pull it off. I think it turned out ok, but more importantly it was super fun and challenging to do. I’d like to keep doing these and hopefully will get a better grip on how to produce these kinds of shoots. I wanted it to come off more magazine like but I’m not sure that it did. I did this the other night when my husband was not home so not only was I trying to shoot and style in the dark, I had one ear open trying to listen for the kids in the living room (or telling them to go back to the living room because they kept trying to steal the Peeps). So here is what I think the perfect Easter brunch looks like. I’m not suggesting you do it as a picnic I just thought grass was the perfect spring backdrop. And I’m not suggesting you lay it out this way. I am simply suggesting a few ideas in one place.
So tulips are awesome. And I was pleasantly surprised by the mini white carnations I found at the grocery. For years I never used fresh flowers in any of my parties. I felt like they were expensive and a cop-out. Do you all see how I over think everything? But I now realize that fresh flowers really do add something special to a table. It has been really fun learning about and paying attention to flowers more lately. Tulips in spring colors are the perfect accompaniment to your Easter brunch table. And while usually the kids are sent home with Easter baskets, why not break the centerpiece up in to smaller bunches and send them home with all the ladies.
I can’t think of an easier way to make everyone at brunch happy than by serving Peeps. They are nostalgic, fun and pumped full of sugar. I can think of nothing better. This season in particular I have been noticing an abundance of new Easter themed goodies like these swirly, fruit, egg-shaped marshmallows. How darling would these large marshmallows look in a cup of hot chocolate for the kiddos? I like to lay out some sweets so there are some fun nibbles while waiting for the full meal to get to the table. I guarantee you will not just see kid’s hands reaching for those things.
I’ve got to say, I am NOT over tassels just yet. But I wanted them to be a little different so I made these extra-large ones. I will share the tutorial next week but I think they would be perfect for a really simple wall decor. Add a little hand-cut Happy Easter sign and your ready for brunch.
The basis for my overall color scheme was this rad scarf I found at Forever 21. I am in love with scarves for entertaining. They are super versatile and usually much less expensive than tablecloths. I added some coordinating napkins and think it is the perfect color for a spring brunch.
For the drink I would serve a Blood Orange Gin and Tonic float. What I love about this is that it provides a few options for drinks so your guests can fix a drink they truly like. The blood orange sorbet adds a wonderful sweetness that women typically love. But if you skip it, you’ve got your basic gin and tonic. I’ll be sharing that recipe next week also. And because the float tastes better as the sorbet melts, you don’t have to worry about keeping the container out of the freezer to long, it will only help the drinks. Yeah!
My extended family likes to stick with their tried and true recipes. I always try to do that but sometimes I want to find a a twist that I know they will still like. You know your family best so think about the flavors they enjoy and see if you can introduce new dishes with those flavors. For the frittata I would choose this one. Doesn’t this french toast sound amazing?! And of course bacon. But I would also throw in some of this for a special treat.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new series or tips to shoot it better! And while it is still a few weeks away, I’ll wish you a Happy Easter now in case I forget. :)