Spring is in the air! My favorite way to celebrate the season? By hosting a brunch for friends, with a pretty palette inspired by glowy honey golds and delicate spring blossoms. Want to host your own spring-inspired fête? Keep reading for my tips on welcoming the season with a simple, freshly styled table.
1. Set the tone with table linens.
A striped table linen offers the perfect graphic counterpoint to feminine blooms—after all, it’s about simplicity and balance. I like a linen with an asymmetrical, relaxed drape. To be completely honest, this tablecloth had a raw edge, which I don’t mind at all: I simply trimmed some yardage from one of my favorite patterned fabrics and tossed it on the table. Add cloth napkins with painted cherry blossoms and you’ve got a fresh, pretty table.
2. Add simple (and cheap!) table accessories.
Place cards can work for even the smallest of gatherings and add a special touch to a relaxed table. The key is easy presentation: Here, I repurposed simple copper pipe caps to hold a each place card (check back later this week for the copper place-card holder DIY). As for the napkins? I threaded the cloth napkins through a gold-toned purse ring. Napkin rings feel fresh again and these purse findings make the perfect linen bundle (and cost less than a dollar per ring!). Unsure if gold and copper can play well together? Of course they can—mixed metallics make for an decidedly informal feel.
3. Choose double-duty menu items.
To save both time and money, think about how your food can double as decor. Jewel-like honey pots, ruby-hued grapefruit slices, and soft meringue icing on a cake all taste as delicious as they look.
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4. Decorate with in-season blooms.
The best blooms for the table can be found and foraged. Hunt around for spring buds on tree branches or pluck a handful of tulips from your backyard (or, in my case, I hit up my neighbor for some freshly sprouted stems). If you’d like to use budding branches, look for ones with lots of full buds, nearly in flower. If the only available branches have tight buds and seem resistant to blossoming, check out this article for details on how to coax your stems into flowering.
5. Dress up your drinks.
Add rosettes to your ice cubes to effortlessly freshen up your ice bucket. Place mini rosettes in an ice cube tray, fill with water, and freeze. If you’re not a fan of fuss (like me!), opt for silk blossoms: Once they’re frozen, it’s almost impossible to tell they’re not real. And, as long as they’re staying in the ice bucket, faux can be fab. Be sure to boil the water just before pouring into the tray and freezing; this trick will give you crystal-clear ice cubes.
Table fabric: “Soft Stripes” by Itsy Belle Studio for Minted
Dinner napkins: “Peachy Blooms” by Jocelyn Edin for Minted
Art print: “Golden Now” by Nell Waters Bernegger for Minted
Champagne coupes: Lulu and Georgia
Dinner plates: Crate and Barrel
Brunch menu card: “Watercolour Wreath” by Bethan for Minted
Honey favors: DIY project on Julep
Place cards: “Alabaster Florals” by Jennifer Wick for Minted
Copper pipe findings: Home Depot
Purse ring findings: Etsy
Champagne bottle sticker: “Storybook Romance” by Stacey Meacham for Minted
Silk rosettes: Etsy
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