Ma soeur cadette is in town this weekend with her family, from Minneapolis. And our family says….let’s have a party!!! Well, schedules were difficult to coordinate in the end, so we settled on Saturday Brunch hosted by yours truly. Given my own busy schedule lately, it was more low-key than usual, but that didn’t mean it couldn’t be nice.
I set the table with a fistful of fall-colored leaves gathered on this morning’s walk with the dogs, evocative, and saving me the small expense of flowers from Hector at this morning’s farmers market~
In the center of both main tables, I used a single hurricane shade and a burlap-wrapped pillar candle from the Romantic Homes shoot. I set out one chair here for effect, but waited for my sisters & hubbies and kids to come and make themselves useful by hauling out all of the other iron chairs~
On the tables, my usual white and gold Limoges; can’t go wrong; I have little variety among my dishes; they are mostly white with gold, French; all purchased on Ebay over the years; these Greek Key plates came from a Palm Springs estate and they are still my favorite, purchased for a song; you can’t even find this kind of stuff in France; buy it here, and wash it carefully~
A pair of washed burlap runners and cotton sheeting from Metis were the base, to which I added French sterling and vermeil flatware, but any kind of flatware- be it silver or stainless steel, plated or of natural materials will be set off by the burlap. As my family are sloppers, especially for breakfast, I saved the linen and used vintage French dish towels also from our Metis line; rolled the long ways, folded over at the top and spilling over the edge of the table; this had a very casual look and functioned as a real lap-napkin for kids & adults alike~
To finish, I used vintage French curtain rings. I snap these up when I find them for like, $1 each; we are private-ordering these through Metis~
Each one is unique, and I love the gold tones of the brass; it plays off the gold rim butter dish seen in the rear-plan~
…as well as the gold rim of the plates; the napkin rings are as found and are all slightly dinged and not polished, so they are bright but not “fancy”…this is a great summary shot of the setting today; very casual, slightly rumply, good taste and very French~
The texture of each of the towels is different; I have stopped ironing these for dishtowels or napkins; they all come straight from a short tumble and then line dry and are wonderfully tactile~
Especially offset with the rustic burlap; in a pinch, and for a little variety, any dishtowels can be great substitutes for napkins~
And now for the food….I didn’t start cooking until 8pm last night, so everything was pretty easy to make. I decided to go for lots of mini-muffins and heavy on the blueberry, which was a hit with the kids; my nephews Michael & Steven gave me thumbs up on the food~
Looking for a few new recipes, I found a great resources in the website Annie’s Eats. Thank you, Annie, you helped me pull off this brunch! I used her pumpkin muffin recipe in minis, but used tangy local goat cheese from Soledad Farms instead of cream cheese.
I wasn’t so sure my pumpkin muffins looked so good, but they were delicious, and all were eaten; I used the rest of the batter to make four loaves, which my sisters took home; Jacquie is on her way home to Minneapolis right now, and feeding this to the kids for a snack~
We also had Annie’s Eats blueberry muffins, though I am having a hard time finding the link now; it has swirl-in blueberry compote; very very good!~
I modified Annie’s baked granola a few ways, using peaches and blueberries and extra oats; here is her master recipe…this was hugely popular today~
And we had Annie’s Waffles of Insane Greatness, and I must say there were insanely good~
We topped our waffles with cheaters Syrup, off the shelf maple enhanced with Blackberry; that is, boil maple syrup with fruit and let sit for 10 minutes, then strain~
The winner was the blueberry syrup, topped with more fresh blueberries~
And lots of love to spread around; it’s so fun to all be together~
After brunch, Lauren and I made butter cookies; first batch on show to Grampy~
next batch better, showcasing initials…..and very yummy!!
Enjoy your weekend, and be sure to stop by the Giveaway hosted by my friend Rachel of French Farmhouse 425!! You can win the pillows from the Romantic Homes layout that is now on the newsstand! Wishing everyone a great weekend~