At The Barefoot Cottage, we love to celebrate – our family, our friends, special occasions, and the treasure of a normal day. We can’t think of a better reason to celebrate than longer days, warmer air, and the first spring flowers peeking through the earth after what seemed an everlasting winter.
A quintessential element of all celebrations is doing something special for the people you love – it makes them feel good and, in turn, makes you feel good. We believe the poet, Maya Angelou was right when she said, “People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said. But they will remember how you made them feel.”
These days, no one expects to see a perfect table setting at an informal event; after all, the point of a party is to gather people you love and enjoy one another’s company. But a little attention to detail will set the tone for the gathering and will help make your guests feel relaxed, welcome, and special.
When we set the table for brunch with our friends, we chose a calming palette of gray, white, and cream. We added pops of pink with a mix of fresh and silk flowers. Once we’d decided on our palette, we placed gray ticking stripe table runners as a base. Next, we layered Juliska French stoneware place settings atop gray rattan chargers. Because brunch with our friends was an informal gathering, we strayed from tradition and placed our linen napkins right on top of the stoneware – a fresh-cut pink tulip tucked neatly in the fold added just the right pop of color.
We added height to our table with pale-pink silk cherry blossoms in large color block French mason jars. Our marble-top cake stand on a lazy Susan serving tray emblazoned with, “Cook, Nourish, Enjoy” adds more height and interest. For a touch of unexpected whimsy, we added fresh hydrangeas in a white stoneware pitcher. We completed the look with stoneware salt and pepper shakers, a glass beehive pitcher and beehive honey pot, and white resin pear accents.
We served Teaspressa teas and luxe sugar cubes with muffins and fresh berries in a ceramic berry basket along with a few of our favorite recipes. From, “Let’s Do Brunch,” by Brigit Binns we chose, “Roasted Red Pepper and Potato Frittata” and the “Sausage and Cheddar Strata.” We’ve heard it said that without a cocktail, brunch is just breakfast. For cocktails, Maggie Hoffman’s, “The One Bottle Cocktail,” doesn’t disappoint with recipes that are just as delicious as their creative names suggest. We love, “The Gincident,” made with gin and blueberry syrup; and, “Can’t Elope in Panama,” made with cantaloupe, lime, and rum. Just the memory of this meal makes our mouths water!
There is nothing more magical than celebrating the people you love with the beauty of good food, good drink, and memory making. Let’s celebrate!