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Beach Pretty Entertaining:  A Garden Party Brunch 8|17|17

Beach Pretty Entertaining: A Garden Party Brunch 8|17|17


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We love having the ladies over for a little " girl time," ...a ladies brunch is the perfect setting to  have a good time...whether you are inviting the other mom's in the  neighborhood to meet the new moms that have moved in, or celebrating with your teammates after your tennis team won the club championship, or just need to catch up with your besties .. then a garden party venue  is perfect!  We love entertaining and it may seem intimidating to you, but honestly it is simple and can be a lot of fun.  So don't stress, just remember to keep it simple, and our Beach Pretty # 1 golden rule is keep it pretty and memorable. Our inspiration for a garden brunch was inspired by Ralph Lauren's Normandy, France patio garden (photo above).


 A Garden Party Brunch

  Step One:  The Invitation   Everyone likes to be invited to party, and a brunch is one of the best meals to host!  We love to send a cute & personal invite a few weeks ahead.  This adorable invitation is from  Zazzle  and designed by Paperdotz.  Invitations set the mood for your brunch, and this invitation suggest garden party attire, which suggests dressy casual.  We like putting both your phone number and email address on the brunch invitation, because you many be at work during the day, so it is just easier for your guests to rsvp with you through an email.    

Step One:  The Invitation

Everyone likes to be invited to party, and a brunch is one of the best meals to host!  We love to send a cute & personal invite a few weeks ahead.  This adorable invitation is from Zazzle and designed by Paperdotz.  Invitations set the mood for your brunch, and this invitation suggest garden party attire, which suggests dressy casual.  We like putting both your phone number and email address on the brunch invitation, because you many be at work during the day, so it is just easier for your guests to rsvp with you through an email. 

 


  Step Two:  Plan The Menu   When planning a menu for your brunch look for recipes that you will be able to prepare in advance, because when you host a party you want to be able to enjoy the day, and you want the party to flow and appear effortless.  If you have time, your guests will appreciate if you check with them about any diet needs; such as, if they are vegan or allergic to a certain food item.  This gives you time to plan and prepare an alternative meal for them. When your guests arrive greet them with a glass of bubbly, and set up a  bar cart  or a beverage station on buffet table.  On the buffet table line a beverage tray with beautiful  champagne flutes , an ice bucket chilling a few bottles of champage , always include a pitcher of a non-alcohol beverage, and today we are serving  southern peach sweet tea ,, because we love how pretty it looks and tastes. When planning the courses for your brunch keep it simple and visually stimulating.  People taste with their eyes too..seems silly, but when you look at something delicious, we get hungry.   Our first course is  chilled gazpacho with serrano chilies , which we serve in a shooter or cocktail glasse and we garnished the gazpacho with a confetti of diced cucumber, peppers and tomato...gorgeous!  Our second course is  Lobster and Potato Salad , a decadent showstopper....delicious! Our last course on our menu today is  individual lemon cheesecakes ...a refreshing final act.   If you are not a natural born baker, or you just do not have the time to bake, pick up a cheesecake at your local baker and garnished it with fresh berries and whip cream.

Step Two:  Plan The Menu

When planning a menu for your brunch look for recipes that you will be able to prepare in advance, because when you host a party you want to be able to enjoy the day, and you want the party to flow and appear effortless.  If you have time, your guests will appreciate if you check with them about any diet needs; such as, if they are vegan or allergic to a certain food item.  This gives you time to plan and prepare an alternative meal for them. When your guests arrive greet them with a glass of bubbly, and set up a bar cart or a beverage station on buffet table.  On the buffet table line a beverage tray with beautiful champagne flutes, an ice bucket chilling a few bottles of champage , always include a pitcher of a non-alcohol beverage, and today we are serving southern peach sweet tea,, because we love how pretty it looks and tastes. When planning the courses for your brunch keep it simple and visually stimulating.  People taste with their eyes too..seems silly, but when you look at something delicious, we get hungry.   Our first course is chilled gazpacho with serrano chilies, which we serve in a shooter or cocktail glasse and we garnished the gazpacho with a confetti of diced cucumber, peppers and tomato...gorgeous!  Our second course is Lobster and Potato Salad, a decadent showstopper....delicious! Our last course on our menu today is individual lemon cheesecakes...a refreshing final act.   If you are not a natural born baker, or you just do not have the time to bake, pick up a cheesecake at your local baker and garnished it with fresh berries and whip cream.


  Step 3:  Create a Beautiful Tablescape & Setting   Designing a tablescape is a fun challenge, you are creating a setting...a vision of what you want your table to look like...so let's begin by asking yourself some key questions.  1. Begin with asking yourself what kind of party is this and what are we celebrating? Today, we are inviting our friends over for brunch, and we are hosting the get-together in our garden.. "going to a garden party."    2. Decide on the style of your party, is it casual or fancy? The style is a key element to help you design your table top. 3. Are you planning for your guests to serve themselves at the buffet, or are you doing table service?  4. What color scheme would you to use for your  tablescape?  Once, you answer these questions, it is time to get inspired! Try to incorporate  some of the pieces of  dinnerware ,  glassware ,  flatware  and  linen  that you already do own for your tablescape, and then shop for some new pieces to complete your vision an add to your reservoir.

Step 3:  Create a Beautiful Tablescape & Setting

Designing a tablescape is a fun challenge, you are creating a setting...a vision of what you want your table to look like...so let's begin by asking yourself some key questions.  1. Begin with asking yourself what kind of party is this and what are we celebrating? Today, we are inviting our friends over for brunch, and we are hosting the get-together in our garden.."going to a garden party."   2. Decide on the style of your party, is it casual or fancy? The style is a key element to help you design your table top. 3. Are you planning for your guests to serve themselves at the buffet, or are you doing table service?  4. What color scheme would you to use for your  tablescape?  Once, you answer these questions, it is time to get inspired! Try to incorporate  some of the pieces of dinnerware, glassware, flatware and linen that you already do own for your tablescape, and then shop for some new pieces to complete your vision an add to your reservoir.


Step 4:  Finding the Perfect Dress to Wear at Your Garden Party

Stylish Outfits to Fit Everyone's Personalities

Step 5: Get In The Mood with the Original "Garden Party by Ricky Nelson"

 

 

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