Summer is just around the corner and I am so excited to share with you my floral and citrus summer brunch table along with an easy menu. Summer means lots of sunshine, a relaxed schedule, vacations, and of course lots and lots of yummy food. Brunch is one of my favorite meals…we should indulge in more often in my opinion. Today I’ve partnered with MacKenzie-childs to bring you this seasonal table as well as a delicious menu perfect for a summer brunch with the gals or in my case “sisters”!
If your joining me from the Brooke_startathome blog then welcome! I love Brooke and her table was absolutely Stunning! I hope you’ll join me and the rest of my 6 blogger friends on the full Summer Table loop and leave feeling inspired! If your new to a blog loop, it’s easy…just follow the link to the next blog listed at the end of this post!
Since this is a sisters brunch, I thought I’d share just a little about my family. I am the seventh of eight children all of which are girls, except my one lonely brother… who really is not lonely at all! Don’t feel bad for him, he was the only one of us to have his own room growing up. I don’t know how my mom birthed and raised eight children, but somehow she did and I love her for it. Growing up in a family of sisters was a real treat and even more so now that we are all grown and married. My sisters are my very best friends…the ones I lean on in good times and bad. Even though we don’t live in the same states, it doesn’t take away from our relationships. We call and visit, and when we get together its like no time has passed and we pick up right where we left off. That is the joy of a close family and a sisterhood that will last forever. The photo below is the most recent capture I have. One of my sisters passed away at age 18 and that was a real struggle for our family. I think tragedy like that either brings a family together or tears it apart. In my case, our family clung together like glue and thankfully we bonded even closer. Her twin sister also couldn’t make it to our little sisters weekend where this photo was taken so you’ll see most of us (plus my one sister in law and my mini little mom in the center).
This citrus and floral table filled with bold colors and punches of personality mimics the array of character each one of my sisters poses. I only wish we could brunch together more often.
Because of all the detail in the serve wear, this table looks way more complicated than it was. I kept the table top bare to reveal its natural wood grain contrasting the bold design of my MacKenzie-Childs dishes. Contrast is good!
One of my favorite ways to decorate is to use accessories in unexpected ways. This swirly striped trifle dish could certainly be used for dessert, but isn’t it more fun to transform it into a vase?! And let’s take it to the next level and surround my multicolored mums with slices of lemons and oranges. You would not believe the fresh citrus aroma filling my kitchen! Beauty and fragrance is a winning combination for a table centerpiece!
Each place setting starts with a textured placemat. What better color than hot pink for a summer sisters brunch. A solid color makes the perfect backdrop to these artisan garden plates. Don’t you just love the whimsical floral design with the gold rimmed detail? These large plates are perfect for indoor or outdoor use.
I made a personal quiche for each sister. We had to share everything our whole lives, so why not indulge them with something of their own. My father made this famous french brunch dish every Christmas growing up. He brought this authentic recipe back from France after living there for 2 years. I shared this delicious recipe HERE. It’s so rich and delicious and I make it all year round…not just Christmas!
The best thing about brunch is you can serve breakfast lunch and dessert all at once! Don’t worry I’ll get to the dessert but this cheese plate with all the fixin’s is one of my favorite go-to sides. Brie cheese and grapes pair well and no other attention is needed. Easy, tasty, and sophisticated especially when served with these dotty cheese knives. Wouldn’t these make the perfect take home gift for all my sisters? Done and Done!
Of course you can’t have a meal with all girls without serving a salad. So I went with a spinach and strawberry salad. Light and refreshing with it’s sweet poppyseed dressing and garnished pecans. I served this summer time favorite in this large Compote bowl. Anything with a pedestal appears fancy and I adore the black and white check pattern mixed with the floral design. I have a feeling this dish will be getting a lot of use around my house.
When hosting a meal for family or friends, a tray brings some ease to the party. Filling drinks or clearing dishes is made simple with this rattan tray. Doesn’t my raspberry limeade just look alluring perched upon the checkered base? This tray will be serving double duty as utility and decor!
I bought some extra potted mums of various colors to give to my sisters. What girl doesn’t like flowers? I often give potted plants instead of floral bouquets just because they last longer on the counter. You can plant these too and they last forever! Accompanied by a small gift – like the dotty cheese knives – will definitely bring a smile to each of their faces. I even placed them in this cute courtyard tote, but that is staying here with me.
Don’t forget the little details that make a big difference. Even when unlit, candles provide a certain amount of elegance and atmosphere to the table. I selected classic white sticks and placed them in these simple gold checked holders
And finally we get to the dessert! My daughter and I made this yummy triple layered vanilla cake together. I often use a box cake as a foundation, but this time we splurged and make the whole cake from scratch. Don’t be intimidated though, it really is a simple recipe. The secret is all in the frosting. (Recipe coming to the blog soon). I went with the “naked cake” method. I like the rustic look topped with colorful berries and a few blossoms. The checkered cake stand is really the show stopper here!
I hope this floral and citrus summer brunch leaves you inspired to bring together the ones you love. For a birthday, a holiday, or just because…breaking bread with the important people in our lives brings us closer and creates memories that last forever. I loved the opportunity to partner with this amazing company and share (with my sisters) and with you a glimpse of the fun design MacKenzie-Childs brings to the table.
In case you are not aware, artisans work together to create unique and beautiful collections for the MacKenzie-Childs company. They offer everything from dinnerware to furniture and even jewlery.
Floral & Citrus Summer Brunch Menu
Spinach strawberry Salad with poppyseed dressing
Cheese and Fruit Platter
Vanilla Triple layered cake (recipe to come)
To continue on the Summer Table Tour please join me and my friend Yuni at Loveyourabode blog! I know she’ll have something extra inspiring for us today! Just incase you get lost along the way here is the list of the full Summer table lineup:
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