Summer is slowly beginning to dwindle away, but we’re determined to continue making the most of our favorite warm-weather activities—spending lazy days on the beach, riding bikes and, of course, enjoying long laughter-filled Sunday brunches with our best gals. If you’re hoping to host or help coordinate brunch on a shoestring budget, keep reading. Bloggers Alicia of Alicia Fashionista and Alexandra of To Vogue or Bust teamed up with Katie Elwood Makeup and Britney Gill Photography to share some low-effort yet high-impact tips for wowing your guests.
These Banana Bread Pancakes via My New Roots are not only beyond delicious (and easy to stow away in a low-heat oven if you make them ahead of time) but also about as safe as you can get in terms of avoiding food allergies. Having plenty of dairy-, gluten- and nut-free options—including lots of seasonal fruit, which also doubles as natural décor—will ensure that all your guests are able to fully indulge.
Individual place settings always look lovely—but if you’re on a budget (or just want to keep things casual), we recommend a buffet-style brunch. Set out all food options with a simple stack or two of plates. FYI: This makes for a great #viewfromabove Instagram shot! Tie your cutlery together with some twine for a sweet yet fuss-free touch.
Use mismatched placemats to add some visual interest and to group together different brunch elements (fruit, pancakes, the mimosa ‘bar’). This is a really low-cost way to dress up a table. Put out a bowl of citrus fruit (a cheap décor element that also comes in handy for drinks!) or a fresh bouquet of flowers, too.
Instead of creating an individual setting and place card, simply prop up a big chalkboard that contains a sweetly handwritten menu. Don’t have a chalkboard? You can buy chalkboard paint from any craft store and paint it on a canvas! Throw a frame on the canvas and you’ll want to reuse it again and again. (Bonus points for anyone who spray-paints her frame a metallic color or scores a beautiful vintage frame!)
Once you’ve chosen your Champagne (we’re partial to the incredible Veuve Clicquot!), buy or squeeze a few flavors of fresh juice. Put the juices in mason jars labeled with chalkboard stickers (which are also easy to find at any craft store). We opted for standard mimosa flavors—strawberry, lemon and orange—but you can get as inventive as you like!
Written by Alexandra Grant of To Vogue or Bust
Photography by Britney Gill Photography
Bloggers/models: Alexandra Grant of To Vogue or Bust, Alicia Quan of Alicia Fashionista and Katie Elwood of Katie Elwood Makeup
Makeup by Katie Elwood Makeup