You might be a little rusty entertaining after the last couple of years. That’s why you should slide back in with an easy and elegant Spring Brunch. When our daughter, Alexandra, was visiting recently we invited our local cousins over for a simple ladies’ brunch. Here’s how we did it with some easy tips.
My friends, Cindy, Annie and I are joining seasoned hostesses Claudia and Michele with Fresh Spring Entertaining Ideas. Their links are at the end of the post.
Table Set With Pink, Blue and Green
The cabbage leaf salad plates were a wedding gift that Howard and I gave Alexandra and Luca. She brought them up from Los Angeles for our brunch.
Easy tip: we set the table the day before.
Easy Tip: We used one type of flower, magenta ranunculus for the centerpiece.
Linen Lavender Sachet Party Favors
Our neighborhood linen shop StudioPatro made these fragrant lavender linen sachets for us in a custom color combo of grass green and sand linen. Our cousin, Ana, said she would put the lavender sachet in her car to calm her rambunctious young boys! Good idea to make your car smell more spa-like.
Easy and Elegant Spring Brunch Menu
We made the iced tea from brewed English Breakfast tea bags. You can mix the iced tea with lemonade for an “Arnold Palmer.”
I was a little disappointed with the organic lemonade from Trader Joe’s . Good old Minute Maid or freshly made would have been better.
Easy Tip: Serve Family Style.
Shop the Brunch:
Warm Goat Cheese Salad
I made Ina Garten’s traditional French salad with warm goat cheese and added thinly sliced watermelon radishes for color. Ask your grocer to carry them…they sort of look like parsnips from the outside. I used a hand held mandoline slicer.
Easy tip: slice radishes in advance and leave in water, drain when ready to serve.
Mushroom and Leek Quiche
Alexandra made a mushroom and leek quiche from Smitten Kitchen that morning.
Easy tip: Use store-bought frozen pie dough then cook as directed with the parchment paper and pie weights.
Easy tip: She topped the quiche with fresh snipped herbs for a fresh and colorful presentation.
Store Bought French Pastries — No Shame
There is a famous French bakery here in San Francisco called B. Patisserie. I waited in a long line to pick these up…but heck…that’s a lot easier than making them (and our guests got to take leftovers home). We added the edible flower garnish.
Easy tip: Go to your best bakery. Order ahead if possible.
And that’s how to have an easy and elegant Spring Brunch!
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And now let’s check out what my friends have for us!