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Setting The Perfect Brunch Table

Denmark Blue by Masons Brunch is one of the most fabulous meals of the day. A combination of breakfast and lunch, the brunch place setting allows the host to plan an event that can be as formal or informal as desired. Replacements, Ltd. is here to provide a few time saving tips in preparing for an up and coming brunch. Throughout this article, we will suggest coordinating china, crystal, and silver patterns to better help you set the perfect brunch table.

Preparation

Someone once said, “If you fail to plan, then you should plan to fail.” The same is true in preparing for your up and coming brunch. There are several things to consider in planning any dining event. The most important of these items are: guest list, theme, time, location, menu, and table setting.

Guest List

Developing a guest list is the first step to planning the perfect brunch. Your guests are the ones who will carry the conversation and make your event interesting. Will you be entertaining fellow coworkers and their spouses? Maybe you are hosting a book club or art society meeting. Brunches are great for small gatherings of friends and family as well. Make a list of all those who you want to invite. Don’t overwhelm yourself by including too many people. Having said this, don’t forget anyone. For example, it is not a good idea to invite every partner from your law firm but one. After you’ve made your list, be sure to plan for several extra attendees. You never know when someone unexpected will show up!

Theme

Deciding upon a brunch theme is not required. However, it will add depth and fun to your dining event. Literally, any topic is a potential theme for your brunch event. If your book club is coming to your brunch to discuss a book set in the deep South, then consider centering your brunch’s theme around the book. Choose a silver pattern of southern antiquity, like Gorham’s “Chantilly.” Serve traditional southern finger foods, like home preserved pickles, jellies, relishes, and hot biscuits. Find recipes that mimic those that were mentioned in the book. Place a trinket for each guest at their place setting. Replacements, Ltd. carries a number of gift trinkets, from bibelots to Artis Orbis gift boxes. Find something that reminds them of book. Another great idea for a brunch is a floral theme. An anonymous poet once said, “Flowers are nature’s silent song of rejoicing.” Use the internet or visit your local library and research some of your favorite flowers. You might want to also research edible flowers. After some initial research, you can coordinate your china, silver, linens, and menu around a floral theme. Replacements, Ltd. carries an immense number of floral patterns, including Wedgwood’s “Charnwood,” Royal Doulton’s “Juliet,” and Minton’s “Jasmine.”

Time

Brunch is most appropriately served between 10 AM and 2 PM. Bearing this in mind, you will want to select a date and time when most, if not all, of your invited guests will be free to attend.

Location

The location of your brunch will depend on a variety of factors, especially, number of guests. If you are trying to serve 500 friends from a church or civic organization, then it may not be appropriate to do so in your 300 square foot Manhattan apartment/office. Consider calling local hotels, your country club, or community center. On the other hand, brunch offers the opportunity for a host to engage intimately and informally with your guests. Intimate brunch gatherings are best set in the kitchen, sunroom, or dining room of your home.

Menu

Now, you have your guest list, theme, time, and location. It’s time to start planning that all important brunch menu. Brunches are light meals peppered will fresh fruits, preserves, jellies, breads, cheeses, egg dishes, and a variety of hot and cold beverages. Be sure to offer your guests a variety of foods from which to choose. Be aware of your guest’s allergies and sensitivities and offer alternative menu items. If you know that you are serving one or more vegetarians, then be sure to provide fruit and vegetable dishes. The adage “it’s better to have too much than to have too little” will certainly apply to your brunch. Always prepare a little more than what you actually need. Don’t worry about having too many leftovers. Send your leftovers home with your guests or donate them to a local soup kitchen or charity organization. The Internet is an amazing source of recipe information. Many sites will help you to coordinate dishes and even provide you with a grocery list. Also, the Internet can be used to find brunch menus from famous restaurants, the White House, and even the Titanic Ocean liner. Have fun while preparing your brunch menu but remember your guests and bear in mind your theme.

Setting the Perfect Brunch Table

Replacements, Ltd. makes it easy for you to impress your brunch guests with the perfect table setting. You have a variety of options from which to choose. To start with, you will need to decide between serving your guests buffet style or seated at a table. To learn more about buffet style place settings, click here. To learn more about the standard brunch place setting, click here.

It is easiest to begin preparing the table by selecting linens and a centerpiece that will coordinate with your china. Brunch should be a midmorning highlight. Your table, centerpiece, china, flatware, and linens should be lighthearted and fun. Don’t be afraid of light colors. An example of a beautiful brunch table will consist of a white table cloth with yellow linen napkins. One might consider using Anchor Hocking’s “Jane Ray Jadeite” as the primary service. The yellow and white linens will perfectly complement the milky green of “Jadite.” One does not always have to spend a fortune to create a beautiful centerpiece. Consider picking wildflowers and grouping them in an inexpensive crystal vase. Replacements, Ltd. offers a variety of art glass and crystal vases to help you create the perfect centerpiece to your brunch table.

Brunch is an exciting way to begin any day. Go ahead, invite your friends and family and impress them with a midmorning meal that is sure to be delightful and fun. If you need help coordinating your china, crystal, flatware, or centerpiece, then feel free to contact one of our friendly associates. Call us toll free at 1-800-REPLACE (1-800-737-5223) seven days a week, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm ET, 7 days!

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