Sunday, June 19, 2016

Brunch ~ Easy Entertaining

Hello everyone.  Things have certainly picked up around here.  It seems like we are full speed in the entertaining department.  We have been non-stop since May.  Although I am completely exhausted, it's been wonderful to have our family visit from New York and Florida.  Especially my parents.   It is always such a sweet treat to spend time with Mom & Dad.  Mom has been through so much since her battle with breast cancer so I treasure every moment that I get to be in her company. 

One of my favorite ways to entertain is by having brunch.  It is simple and carefree.  Besides, I consider brunch so much fun.  That wonderful combination of breakfast and lunch allows for a leisurely and relaxed pace.  So last weekend when my niece Adriana stay for the weekend, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to have a Sunday brunch.

I usually set the table a few days before which lets me concentrate on meal planning and prep.  I also like to set the buffet areas the night before which helps me keep organized.   I pull like to out all my serving dishes, pitchers, coffee cups, kettles, baskets and place them on the serving tables so I don't forget anything.  I usually keep things simple with family but since My niece Adriana was bringing her in-laws from Washington to stay with us for the weekend too, I wanted to make it extra special.




I began by using a crisp white linen tablecloth on the table as my base and began layering by adding powdery blue plate chargers and floral Royal Doulton dinner plates that I found on a recent trip to Newport Rhode Island.   Baby blue napkin, gold flatware and Mikasa stemware complete this elegant setting.  I made my own center piece by using a rustic planter and flowers that I purchased from my local supermarket.  To make it even more special, I placed a very pretty favor box on each place setting which had a little sweet surprise tucked inside.






























Simple touches such as silver trays, glass and linens layered in bread baskets make all the difference.  

 




Many items can be purchased from your favorite bakery or local market.



A well stocked Mimosa bar allows your guests to serve their own drinks.

Here is my beautiful niece Adriana.  She is such an amazing cook already.








My niece and her husband Jimmy.



The beauty of brunch is that it is a relaxed and leisurely meal.  One that allows for simple and quick entertaining.  Best of all, it allows you enjoy more time with your guests.  In the end, anything that brings family and friends together is always a good thing in my book.

Thank you for visiting me today.  Wishing you a great week ahead.


Janet




























36 comments:

  1. You have really made an effort and it shows! The attention to every detail is obvious and I am sure makes your guests feel extra special. Your dining room is so pretty with its blue walls and pretty light coming in. It's a beautiful room!

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  2. Such a beautiful setting. Love all the smiling faces.

    Blessings,
    Jocelyn

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  3. Your table is simply wonderful, my Lovely Lady, thank you for sharing it with us today, your eye for romantic and charming details is just an art belonging to you, dearie ... I so love your center-table, your dishes and ... everything, just everything, also the joy which we can see on your guests faces !

    Hope your week is off to a good start and grateful more and more for having you by my side, I'm sending blessings of joy on your days to come

    xxo ~ Dany

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  4. Janet, what a beautiful brunch. Oh how I love your tablescape. So elegant. I must ask....what little goody was in the box? You are an amazing hostess. I am sure everyone enjoyed everything. So glad that you got to spend time with family. Prayers for your mama! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  5. Sweet Janet, your brunch was simply stunning! The tablescape took my breath away and the food looked oh-so-tasty :)

    Wishing you a joyous week. Love and hugs!

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  6. Absolutely beautiful! Your ideas were stunning and so inviting! Happy to be your neighbor at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth's Linkup today.

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  7. Such a beautiful place setting! A formal brunch is so elegant and a great idea!

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    1. Hello Mrs. White,

      Thank you for taking the time to visit. Your lovely words are appreciated.

      Wishing you a great week.

      Janet

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  8. stunning brunch and your table is so beautiful. Love that you added a sweet little surprise for your guests. The buffer is perfect and so lovely to look at. You thought of everything. Brunches are so perfect for entertaining. Thank you for sharing at DI&DI. Enjoy your week ahead.

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  9. What a lovely table you have set. It looks like it is right out of a magazine. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

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    1. Hello Martha,

      Thank you for visiting me and taking the time to leave your sweet comment. I was very flattered by your comment.

      Blessings to you too Martha. Have a great week.

      Janet

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  10. Wow Janet your brunch looked so nice and I love the beautiful table setting. Everything looks so elegant and I love the color scheme. :)
    Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie

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  11. Just gorgeous Janet!! I adore Brunches and yours looks so elegant! Like something you'd see at a Bed & Breakfast!! Looks like everyone was enjoying themselves!! Thanks for sharing!! Jina

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    1. Hello sweet friend. It is so wonderful to have you visit. Thank you for taking the time to leave your sweet comment. I am very flattered.

      Truth is, my family calls my home their Bed & Breakfast...lol And yes, they all had a wonderful time thank goodness.

      Have a great week Jina.

      Hugs,

      Janet

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  12. Your table is delightful in the blue hues, Janet. Very elegant! I love brunch and I think I will probably do that a couple of times when my family is all home next month. Your food looks delicious and I love the centre piece of flowers on the table; gorgeous! Everything looks wonderful and I'm sure it was enjoyed by all. Thank you for sharing and Happy Summer, my friend!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  13. Beautiful - your table is elegant and everything looks amazing. I am sure everyone enjoyed them selves.

    Rest up this week and enjoy your fruits of labor.

    Hugs,Mary

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    1. Hello Mary,

      How are you sweet friend. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time leave me your kind words. It is always wonderful to hear from you.

      Have a blessed week.

      Janet

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  14. What an elegant table, Janet! Inquiring minds would like to know: what was the party favor?!?

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Now I'm thinking I need to get some peach and guava teas. Hee!

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  15. Oh, Janet can I come live next door and be your best friend?! And you could invite me over all the time? haha! Really, I saw your first picture, and I said, self, you better get a snack so you can sit and enjoy all this prettiness. Seriously. I love it. Especially seem to be loving the blue and gold, so elegant. Yes, we all want to know -- what was in the lovely boxes? xo Deborah

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  16. Dear Janet:
    I love this beautiful dining room and your traditional romantic touches. This looks like a beautiful meal and I know they loved it. Now be sure and get rested back up! Thanks for sharing and linking this lovely brunch.

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  17. What a fun time!! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my AMAZING Facebook Group with over 300 Members to share easy craft projects and recipes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  18. Everything looks amazing.. I love your table the color of your plates etc. very pretty Janet. I love your center piece as well.. Get rested with love Janice

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  19. Beautiful !!! It is all done with love and care and one can see it in all the details! Gorgeous !!

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  20. Absolutely charming! Perfectly planned and appointed, and all the preparation is a part of the enjoyment for me. So lovely, and such happy guests!

    All the hallmarks of a sublime party.

    rachel

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  21. Wow Janet! Your table is so beautiful!! I love the colors adn those gift boxes...perfect. Wise advise about party / brunch planning. Looks like everyone had fun. Linda @bushelandapickle.com

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  22. Very elegant! Thank you for sharing your lovely memories with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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  23. Beautiful! Lovely home, food, tablescape and family!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  24. Congrats on the feature at Amaze Me Monday {Dwellings The Heart of Your Home)! Gorgeous tablescape! One of the prettiest I've seen in awhile! Outstanding job on the centerpiece, too! You certainly have a gift of entertaining! ~Rhonda

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    1. Hello Rhonda,

      Thank you for taking the time to visit me. Your kind words made my day. So happy you came. Please come back to visit soom.

      Janet

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  25. OMG... your table is breathtaking. Love the crisp white with the robin's egg blue. So elegant! And that centerpiece is to die for!!! Would you ever do a tutorial blog on that? I would be first in line. Hope you enjoy your week. BTW.. I found you through Amaze Me Monday. Glad I did.

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    1. Hello Katie,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving me your beautiful comment. It truly made me smile. Are you requesting a tutorial on the floral arrangement?? That would be something I would enjoy to do a tutorial on.

      So glad you came over for a visit. Please come back soon Katie. So wonderful to meet you.

      Janet

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  26. Your table is SO gorgeous and I love the mimosa bar! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm--pinning to our Features & Favorites!

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  27. Dear Janet, I adore brunch too. Everyone is fresh, you don't overeat, and the table is always light and tempting! Your table settings are of course, divine! I'm thrilled you shared this at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. It's a pleasure to host you. Love, Mimi xxx

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  28. Such a beautiful table setting Janet. Every detail is elegant and well thought out. Your niece and her family must have really enjoyed their brunch and all the effort you put into creating such a special get together. Thank you for sharing it at Shabbilicious Friday. I'm delighted to be featuring your brunch tablescape at tomorrow's party. Hugs xx

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