Brunch Table Setting


Design a lovely brunch table setting inspired by the beauty of a blue-skied day outdoors.Brunch Table Setting

With a crisp spring day as inspiration, throw a casual brunch table setting where the colors are the main event. Keeping things casual, this table, set at French General, a European-influenced accessories and craft shop in Los Angeles, California, is thrown together with no-fuss embellishments that get their frills from scallop-edged dishware and bright vivacious color. Owner Kaari Meng says that what’s important is the true joie de vivre theme—enjoying the colors of the season, the fresh natural elements and the people who will fill the table. “When setting your table, think about what you already have, things tucked away at the back of your china cabinet. Pull them out and give them new life by using them for a simple meal.” To craft your own brunch table setting, consider these tips:

Color:

Choose a few bold colors to carry out the theme without overwhelming the brunch table setting. Here, a rose red is perfectly paired with a heavenly blue recalling a field of red—roses or strawberries since they are coming into season. Creamy white balances the bold color and adds a delicate touch.

Settings:

Since there aren’t many elements on the brunch table setting, choose dishware with more intricate details. “I tend to pull lots of old ironstone, which blends with everything,” Kaari says. “Think about using special salad plates or platters to mix things up a bit. Have fun with your glassware—using elegant hand-blown glasses makes everything look festive or a set of mismatched old water glasses can look very elegant.” Here, dinner, salad and dessert plates are layered to highlight their similar lacy edges. Each element on the table carries a scalloped detail, from the tulip dessert glasses that hold sweet treats to the cake plate and the antique Cameo Ware by Harker Pottery.

Linens:

“I always begin by layering the table,” Kaari says. “Whether it’s new or old textiles, I start with a tablecloth and then add on from there. I like to add a colorful striped runner and some simple linen placemats as well as some old linen napkins—maybe even embroidered with an initial or two.” Here, a casual cotton tablecloth in a garden floral is offset by another tablecloth in pink-on-pink plaid folded to create a quick and easy runner. Don’t have a complete set of napkins on hand? No need to worry—a mix of linens adds to the casual feel. Here, a few pieces matching the tablecloth are mixed with antique grain-sack linens in creamy white and red.

Flowers and Fruit:

A generously-sized arrangement of hydrangeas recalls a grouping of lush white clouds. Red roses punctuate the bouquet, adding fun bright details. Apples arranged on a cake plate add more color for a quick and casual addition to the menu. Rosebuds are added to the decadent cake to create a true piéce de resistance to the meal.

For more information on French General and Kaari Meng, visit frenchgeneral.com.



8 Reasons to Love Berries


Now with spring in full swing and summer on the way, outdoor gatherings and picnics are here to stay. For the meantime, anyway. With so many to host and attend, you’ll be racking your brain for quick food inspiration. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover why you should serve berries at your next soirée.

Plate Full of Berries
A bowlful of raspberries and blackberries makes for a classy treat.

They’re quick. When planning a party, you’ve got a million things on your to-do list. Berries are a low maintenance food, making hosting that much less stress-inducing. Just give the berries a light wash, unpack them into a charming bowl and serve. It doesn’t get easier than that!

They’re super. A superfood, that is. Berries–all kinds–are packed with antioxidants that help ward off illnesses. Antioxidants are also known to improve your health and combat the adverse effects of aging. Your guests will thank you for keeping their health in mind. Remember, a handful of berries a day keeps the doctor away.

They’re good for the heart. All berries seem to be heart-healthy fruit, but research shows that blueberries may reduce the risk of a heart attack. However, generally speaking, berries are high in fiber, lowering the risk of high cholesterol. Even guests with a family history of heart disease can benefit from this.

They’re juicy. The water content found in berries is high and food with high levels of water make you fuller faster. Since you won’t feel the need to eat as much, berries can aid in weight loss and guests with strict diets will be grateful to find something tasty to snack on.

They’re versatile. Give your guests the gift of creative leeway with a bowlful of berries. Berries can be eaten alone or sprinkled into salads, yogurts, ice creams, and wherever else life takes them. Guests can mix and match for a refreshing bite or to add some texture.

They’ll keep you on your toes. Sort of. Studies show that berries can reduce the rate of mental decline and memory loss, meaning that guests are more likely to remember “that exquisite berry salad” they had at your get-together.

They’ll look great on your table. With such a vibrant array of colors to choose from, berries will add delight and interest to the tabletops upon which they are bestowed.

They’re delicious. Let’s face it. Berries are delicious and with so many different types to choose from, everyone can find something to enjoy.

 



Let’s Do Brunch


Make any occasion memorable with some delicious ideas on a cost-friendly budget.

Pink-Flowers

When Kim Rower and Natalie Riesselman get together to host a brunch, they know how to make guests ooh and ahh, with sweets, flowers and a pretty setting. Every detail is considered with comfort in mind, from the menu, table setting—even the favors.

“Add personal touches that will reflect your personality but also make [guests] feel welcomed,” Natalie says. “We feel a favor is the perfect way to let your guests know how much they mean to you. It can be as simple as a fresh flower for them to take home or an antique cameo.”

Begin by selecting a color scheme, whereby all the other elements will fall into place. “Consider the dishes you will be using, linens you have, the fruits and flowers that are in season and what works with your existing room décor,” Kim says.

Pink-Setting-with-Dishes

The “pink” brunch was inspired by peonies, which signal beauty and the arrival of spring. The leading flower for the blue setting was a simple bouquet of hydrangeas. “The flowers gave us a clean, neutral canvas and were in season for a no-cost fill of natural sweetness,” Kim says.

Blue-Setting

Old and new pieces come together for a one-of-a-kind look that will delight guests. “The key is to find the right balance. If you have too many chippy and rusty pieces it can begin to feel a little too primitive,” Natalie says. An Ikea table is paired with a mix of metal chairs found at a tag sale with more formal end chairs. Basic white ceramic pieces are embellished with a rustic wooden toolbox that contains flowers, lemons and water. Cameos found at an estate sale for $2 a piece are tied to the linen napkins with a jute twine.

Pink-Room

 

Serve tasty and appealing brunch fare that can be prepared ahead of time. Quiche, pastries and fresh fruit are the perfect balance that is deliciously satisfying and adds to the table’s décor. “We’ve determined that when having a group of gals over for brunch, a dessert is always a good idea,” Natalie says. A white cake with butter-cream frosting is gussied up with a crown of fresh raspberries. Mimosas are the classic brunch beverage, while water and lemonade offer healthy alternatives. Such an event may be so enjoyable that guests may linger on till dinner.

For more information on JosieJones & Company, visit josiejones.com.