Monday, August 22, 2016

Let's do brunch

Hey there! It's been a while hasn't it? After having my third little girl life got crazy and I just didn't have the time to blog as much as I would have liked. So needless to say I'm a little behind but I do have some fun things to share with you!

I now find myself with two in school and only one left at home during the day. Life is still crazy but I'm hoping to squeeze in a few projects and blog posts along the way.

Since the kids are back in school, it's the perfect time to take in a little "me time" between housework, working, volunteering or whatever it is that you find yourself doing these days. Why not get a few friends together and host a ladies brunch?

Brunch is one of my favorite meals to host! First of all it sounds so much fancier than breakfast or lunch and it's later in the morning which gives you more time to sleep in. Most importantly, you can serve dessert after eating breakfast and it's totally acceptable! I hosted this brunch a few months ago and it was so fun!


 I love setting a pretty table but for busy weeknight dinners we survive on paper plates and dishwasher safe silverware. Since this is a special occasion, it's a great time to pull out the good silver and cloth napkins. I tucked a menu into each napkin and wrapped them with jute twine.


 You can find these free menu templates from Pizzazzerie.com and fill in your own menu items. I found the faux lavender at World Market and tucked one into each napkin.


Mini flower pots wrapped in burlap and tied with twine make adorable place card holders and double as favors for each guest. You can find the place card templates from 11magnolialane.com.



Lemon curd tarts make an easy and delicious dessert. (Recipe coming soon!)


Don't be afraid to purchase items from your local bakery to add to the menu. I enjoy baking but by purchasing a few items and choosing a few to make at home it relieves a little bit of stress and allows more time to enjoy friends and family.





Garden flowers placed in a mason jar make a pretty centerpiece without taking away from the place settings. You could also have a giveaway by placing numbers at random under dessert plates and the guest with the winning number gets to take the centerpiece home.




Fresh fruit is always a good idea for a ladies brunch. You could also serve it with yogurt or melted chocolate for dipping.


Quiche is another great recipe I love to serve at brunches. Once you make the base recipe you can really add whatever other ingredients you want to it. This one has bacon and cheddar but any combination of veggies would be delicious as well as ham or even sauteed apples. Yum! I'll post the recipe for this sometime this week. It's so good!

 

I have a tendency to shy away from entertaining because it's hard to keep the house clean with three kids. My husband is totally the opposite and will invite last minute guests at the drop of a hat. He's not concerned with what the house looks like and probably doesn't even notice. He does do a lot of the cooking so he shares the work load too. I've learned to compromise a little and not get so stressed out over a clean house. Laundry gets piled up, dishes in the sink, food spills on the floor (parent tip: outdoor rugs will save your life). In short we don't have it all together over here. I enjoy setting a pretty table now an then but I've learned to be OK with paper plates and laundry piles. 


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