Our guest blogger (and new mom herself!) Camille Styles shows us how to create a special Mother’s Day …
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Since this Mother’s Day will be the first year that I’m a mom, it’s sure to be an extra-special one … and it’s made me think about a lovely way to honor all the moms and daughters in my life! I decided to host an all-girls al fresco brunch on the terrace that’s bright, floral and unabashedly feminine. Using the spring season as my inspiration, I prepared a menu that spotlighted fresh ingredients (with a few sweet treats, of course!), then set a girly table using gorgeous tabletop pieces that I sourced from hayneedle.com.
When the weather’s just right, nothing beats outdoor entertaining … and when you have an outdoor dining set that’s gorgeous and comfortable, guests are sure to linger for hours. ThisOxford Garden wicker dining set has us celebrating in the backyard every chance we get, and it was the perfect setting for our Mother’s Day brunch.
To really let the the place settings and flowers pop, I created a clean canvas of neutrals and natural textures. A white linen paired with a linen hemstitch runner is a classic foundation I go back to again and again, and matching monogrammed hemstitch napkins tie it all together. I let the beautiful floral dinner plates by Lenox take center stage and inspire the colors of the other details. Their brilliant watercolored design springs to live when placed on top ofrattan chargers. Top with a pink salad plate and craft simple place cards by attaching calligraphied card stock to a single bloom. Guests will love taking them home afterwards! My friend Samantha from Bricolage Curated Florals put together these beyond-stunning arrangements, boasting the season’s brightest blooms in a palette of pinks, corals and creams. To achieve a similar look, consult with your local flower shop to purchase the best-looking flowers available in your area and arrange simply in white or clear glass containers.
For the menu, I wanted to keep things light and fresh. We kicked things off with cranberry-orange scones piled high on a tiered cake stand, with the classic teatime pairing of clotted cream and fresh strawberries.
Next up, we enjoyed a refreshing butter lettuce salad studded with creamy brie, strawberries and Marcona almonds, as well as a spring frittata with asparagus (I added mushrooms to mine!). The beauty of this menu is that it can all be prepared before guests arrive and served at room temperature, so that the hostess can actually enjoy the party with her guests!
A textured pink pitcher was the perfect vessel for pouring glasses of iced tea with lemon wedges and fresh mint, and these soft pink highball glasses were the just-right feminine complement to the rest of the place settings.
Of course we had to end the day with a little decadence! Italian Cream Cake is a Southern favorite (and a personal favorite of mine!) If you’re not quite feeling up to making a cake from scratch, pick one up from your local bakery, then dress it up with a crown of pink garden roses that echo the floral theme of the party. Gorgeous!
- Camille Styles, CamilleStyles.com
Photos by Buff Strickland