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EASY BRUNCH // Setting + Menu

By Erika Brechtel @smallshopstudio

…a pretty table in less than 10…

This past weekend I had to pleasure of hosting a small brunch for six lovely ladies. It was the easiest entertaining I’ve ever done, to be honest! I took a few snapshots of my 10-minute table before everyone arrived, mainly because I was so surprised at how easy it was to put together.

EASY BRUNCH // Setting + Menu

Had on hand: my grandmother’s hand painted gold-rimmed China that I try to break out as often as possible! The gold flatware I scored in a One King’s Lane sale, the Jonathan Adler salt and pepper shakers were a Christmas gift, the amber champagne glasses I purchased at Pier 1 years ago, and the placemats I bought last year at Macy’s on clearance.

EASY BRUNCH // Setting + Menu

But the table would not be as pretty without a few budget buys from Target and my local supermarket. Even though I would normally set cloth napkins, I decided to throw these cute confetti paper napkins on the plates at the last minute for some festive color. And don’t ask me how I lucked out that my run-of-the-mill supermarket would have white hydrangea bunches and spider mums that very morning! With a couple of Acqua Panna bottles, I was good to go.

EASY BRUNCH // Setting + Menu

EASY BRUNCH // Setting + Menu

The menu was thrown together at the last minute and was a collaborative effort — so much so, I ended up only having to make one thing! Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata (so easy and yummy, I’m telling you!); Cranberry Wheat Germ Muffins (a friend brought these dynamos, swapping out the original blueberries); Sarabeth’s Strawberry Raspberry Preserves; Italian Sweet Creme (sounds fancy huh? It’s Coffee-Mate’s version and so good!)

EASY BRUNCH // Setting + Menu

[ GET YOURS ]
West Elm gold flatware set, $29
Kate Spade ”Library Lane” navy & gold rimmed china, $119/5-pc setting
Acqua Panna spring water (at your local supermarket), $1.49
Mara Mi “let’s celebrate” napkins (Target in-store only), $3.99
Riedel “O” glasses (dishwasher safe!), $88.50 for 8
Jonathan Adler “Futura” salt and pepper shakers, $48

My takeaway from this experience?
It is extremely helpful to have entertaining pieces on hand that you can throw together = no stress!

Do you have any tips for easy entertaining?

EASY BRUNCH // Setting + Menu


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