Thank goodness the trees are budding and the flowers are blooming; winter is gone! What a great time to dress up the backyard and invite your fine-feathered friends for a Ladies’ Springtime Brunch.
Mother Nature will do most of the décor on your back patio, or under an awning. Pick a color theme for tablecloths, napkins, and place mats. Hang curling ribbon from the tree branches and tie bows wherever possible. Place candles and small, low fresh-flower arrangements on each table. Keep the food simple, the drinks plentiful, and the conversation will take care of itself!
For the food table, make a huge arrangement of fresh flowers, casually arranged. It’s easy to save money by placing them in the vase artfully yourself. Just cut off 2-3” of the stem and place each separately in the water. Vary the length of stems, putting the longest stems in last, to stand tall in the center.
Arrange eating utensils, napkins and plates together, next to the main dish, such as a quiche.
For a tasty surprise, offer sparkling cider and pear cocktails. Plastic cocktail “glasses” are pretty inexpensive nowadays. A pretty dish of peach slices, maraschino cherries or watermelon balls on party toothpicks will give delight to each serving. This can be served from a punch bowl with a few edible flowers floating on the surface.
A trivia game or “ice breaker” game can be played for entertainment. Or if this is a group with a purpose, let the meeting begin–but only after everyone’s filled their glass again. After a half hour or so, pass around a small platter of shortbread cookies, alternated with chocolate truffles, for extra ooh’s and aah’s. Your gal-pals will love you for your generosity in hosting this Ladies’ Spring Brunch.
Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design.
Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.
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