I’m beyond THRILLED to share my entertaining tips for hosting a spring brunch! Over the next week we will share entertaining tips, a cocktail recipe and flower arranging pointers sure to inspire you!

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One of our favorite ways to enjoy the gorgeous Spring weather Mother Nature has finally shared with us is to host an outdoor get-together for friends or family. An outdoor brunch, under the blossoming trees and sunshine, is the perfect way to enjoy the company of loved ones. Danielle pulled together a gorgeous table which celebrates color, and she shares her entire inspiration below.

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Inspired by my love of France and my favorite season, I created a stunning but simple table setting for a luncheon in one of my favorite garden spots, surrounded by cherry trees in full bloom. I chose Ballard Designs Bistro Dinnerware with its blue band, as well as their French Market Linens with its elegant stripe – a nod to Parisian café life. The blue dinnerware also inspired the table’s color palette.

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I chose a color palette of navy and pink for my outdoor table, and I tied these colors through from the linens to the dinnerware and even into the cocktails! I absolutely love color and mixing patterns and textures, as well as using items in creative ways.  I used the Toscana Ikat fabric as a table covering, layered with a white Hemstitch Linen tablecloth, and the Callistro Stripe fabric on the chair cushions.  In the past, I’ve also use a shower curtain or a bedspread to make a great last minute table covering in a pinch!

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When choosing a spot outdoors for your brunch, take into consideration these:  ample shade so your guests don’t become uncomfortable and a visually pleasing location with beautiful trees, flowers, and other greenery. I chose an intimate space in my garden that creates a cocoon of camellia bushes around the garden table.

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When hosting friends or family outdoors, I prefer to blend indoor elements into my garden. I’ll bring linens and dinnerware outside, but I also like to use relaxed elements like kitchen herbs or woven chargers to blend the inside and out.

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Playing off the French theme, I used a square of French-themed tissue paper which looks just like a Parisian newspaper. Subtle details like these bring fun and whimsy into my table settings!

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A self-serve bar is perfect for an outdoor brunch because guests can serve themselves. It’s not too fussy. But I do still like to make the bar feel special, not an afterthought, with linens, basket trays, and a floral arrangement. To do this, I look at things with the perspective of, “what do I need this to do?” I don’t always use items in the way they are intended! For example, on this occasion, I used an outdoor urn for an ice bucket and used my ice bucket to hold flowers clipped from my garden. Using things I already have in unexpected ways creates more visual interest.

Browse more entertaining ideas in Danielle’s book Soirée Entertaining with Style.

 

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