I’m throwing brunch for a few of my best girlfriends at the end of this month, and as I normally do with my parties, I like to make them a little special where decor is concerned. I can’t throw a “theme” party without having theme decor!
I’ve been looking around online (the wonders of Pinterest!) at different ideas and I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites. I hope that I can combine a few of these and make this the girly brunch party that I have always imagined!
1. Ceiling Balloons
I’m in LOVE with these balloons hanging from the ceiling. I am imagining pastel pinks, blues, and greens, with a beautiful floral arrangement in the middle of the table. That totally sounds like a spring table to me!
2. Mismatched China
The easy way out is to just buy paper plates and be done with it, but paper plates definitely aren’t cute and don’t scream “brunch” to me. They definitely scream “backyard BBQ” and that’s not what I’m going for. I had an idea to buy mismatched china at the thrift store because I love how the different patterns look when placed together. And since we don’t like clutter around the house, each guest will get to take a plate and cup home with them as a party favor! Cute and useful!
3. Paper Straws
I really like the look of colorful paper straws, and I’ve always wanted a reason to use them. Now seems like the perfect time! I picked up a few packs of pastel paper straws, and they will be great to use for sipping juices and punch with. So cute!
4. Floral Arrangement
Since I’m going to try the balloons hanging from the ceiling, I’d like to stick to low floral arrangements. I actually have little teal cups like the ones in the photos above, and I like the idea of grouping smaller arrangements together. And it’s also good to have the little arrangements if there is a lot of food on the table, they can be moved around in between dishes.
These are just a few ideas that I’m hoping to try. Have you ever thrown a brunch? Do you have any other great ideas?
As soon as I bought this top at The Limited’s Red Carpet event, I couldn’t wait to wear it! I’ve been all about pattern and fabric mixing, so I felt like this lace skirt and denim jacket would be the perfect compliment to the wide stripes of the shirt.
I’m all about “dressing down” more formal pieces, so this denim jacket and the more casual boots were the perfect pieces to top off the outfit. This could easily be dressed up if you take off the jacket and swap the boots for heels.
Oh, and I’m also wearing fleece-lined tights which are also from The Limited, and they were probably the best purchase that I made this winter. SO COMFY AND WARM!
Jacket – SIMILAR
Boots – SIMILAR
Clutch – SIMILAR GEOMETRIC
Tights – SIMILAR
I’m going to be hosting a brunch for my best girlfriends at the end of this month, and the first thing that popped into my mind to make were waffles! I love a big fluffy waffle, but I never made them at home. Lucky for me, my mother-in-law had a brand new waffle iron sitting in her basement and handed it off to me!
Saturday morning seemed like the perfect time to try it out for the first time, and I wanted to make a yummy fruit syrup to top off the crunchy waffle. I still have bags of blueberries in my freezer from our summer harvest, so I whipped up the easiest and most delicious warm blueberry syrup!
Easy Blueberry Syrup
2 cups frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Mix frozen blueberries and maple syrup in a heat-proof bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes, remove from microwave and mash berries with a fork. Microwave for another 2 to 3 minutes or until berries are popped open and have created a syrup. Eat warm or let cook before using.
For a great while now, I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect banana bread. I’ve mentioned it before, but I think there must be something actually wrong with me…I physically can’t make a perfect loaf of banana bread. I either don’t bake it long enough and it’s gooey, or I overbake it and it’s burnt, or it’s dry and terrible.
To my amazement, I think I’m actually coming close. I found this recipe through Smitten Kitchen, one of my favorite blogs, and it’s definitely a winner. With a few tweaks of my own, I turned it into a yummy dense loaf full of chopped pecans and dark chocolate chips. It’s super moist and has great banana flavor. I’m definitely going to make this my go-to recipe from now on!
Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (adapted from THIS recipe)
4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla, then the cinnamon. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour and mix. Gently combine in the chocolate chips and chopped pecans and pour mixture into a buttered loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to one hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.
I’ve come to realize that every single piece of clothing that I have put on my body recently has been either black or white. It’s just so chic without looking boring. Plus, it makes getting dressed in the morning a complete breeze!
With the promise of warmer months ahead (hopefully) and an upcoming Florida vacation, I’m starting to look at bathing suits. But I’m not looking at bright colors, I’m gravitating towards black and white!
Here are a few of my favorite suits that I’ve come across:
Are you as big of a fan of black and white bathing suits as I am? What will you be wearing to the beach this summer?