No one hosts a party like a #Black Southern Belle. We know how to cook, decorate and look great all while doing it. Although we often make sure to decorate for formal dinners or holidays, we sometimes neglect the all important brunch. Just because it is more casual doesn’t mean we can’t dress it up. The next time you have your girls over for brunch, here are some ideas on how to make it special:
1) Table Settings: We all come from Southern families so we know how important table settings are. From table runners, to napkin holders, coasters and china they all make a difference. A brunch can be a good excuse to buy a new table setting and try out a new trend. No matter what, make sure it fits the vibe you are going for. If you want a more formal brunch, pull out that fine China, if it less formal Target or Crate and Barrel may be your best friends.
2) Flowers: Nothing says a good spring brunch like flowers. You can make your own arrangements or pick some up from the grocery store ready made. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but something that fits your personality and also makes some great instagram posts 🙂 If you have no clue, you can never go wrong with some spring colored roses or the ever popular southern azaleas or peonies.
3)Stationery: Since brunch is not as formal, people often overlook stationery, this can be a great place to add some fun to your brunch. You can start by creating menu cards with names (and alma maters for the HBCU fans) on them for your guests, weddingchicks.com has some great free templates. You can also put thank you cards in each guest’s chair thanking them for coming, these will be sure to be a hit and you can use those calligraphy skills you have perfected.
4) Seating: If you are having more than 10 people over for brunch, seating may be a great way to have people get to know each other. Often times, we always sit next to the people we know best, what better way than to do formal seating and have people make some new friends. Not to mention you can do place cards and those can add even more to your decor.
5)Conversation: For some reason brunch conversations are the best conversations. To make them even better think about some topics for your brunch guests to discuss. Maybe you can discuss favorite Southern Artists or reasons why you love your HBCU, or homecoming fashion tips. Just think about your guests and make sure it is something that will keep the laughs coming. You can send out these topics before the brunch through email or have a chalkboard or picture frame displayed showing the topics for brunch (not to mention another place to add great decor)
You were already the brunch queen, now you can be the brunch Goddess. Nothing is better than some shrimp and grits with mimosas, except when they are in a perfect table setting and a beautiful floral arrangement. If you are not the most keen on DIY, get your friends involved and make it a party. So get those paperless invites going and host your next brunch!
Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂