Hosting A Spring Brunch.

One of my favorite things about Spring, is Brunch. Be it hosting or attending I love the food, drink and quality time with friends or family. Between wedding and baby showers, Mother’s Day, Ladies Brunch and more, Spring is filled with all of the occasions for hosting a good old-fashioned brunch.

Now you may not know this but back when we first started selling aprons I used to sell them by inviting my friends over to my loft, having them invite other friends, and then having a little trunk show for our Monthly Sunday Brunch. Such a fun tradition and truly what got us off the ground.

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite tips, tricks + traditions for a hosting an easy and beautiful brunch. Hosting brunch can seem overwhelming, but with a few simple recipes and decorating tips (and cocktails of course!) you can feel like a pro on your first try.

Be the Hostess with Mostess

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Hostess Apron by heirloomed

I always love to have a cute apron on when hosting. It helps to pick a signature apron that you wear only while hosting. It will keep your clothes protected, and also remind you to stay is hostess mode when all of you guests arrive. I love to go for a fancier apron than I may wear just everyday that has a little extra detail. The Oatmeal Linen Halter or the Frosty Tin Marshmallows apron from our collection is a great choice.

SETTING YOUR BRUNCH TABLE

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Another tip I have is to set your table with beautiful + unique tabletop linens. Having nice linens will add so much to your able and make all of the special dishes you made come to life. In essence it is truly the base layer for success. For brunch I like to use a table runner versus placemats since we are more in graze, social mode. To me, it makes the table more inviting, especially with a larger crowd and gives you the flexibility you need to host.

Brunch tips by heirloomed
Brunch Tips by heirloomed
Brunch Tips by heirloomed

Brunch is such a wonderful way to meet new ladies, taste new recipes and entertain. When hosting a Ladies Brunch I have a special tradition I love to follow. I have each lady bring their favorite brunch recipe. It helps everyone feel involved in the experience and feels a part of the brunch by bringing their own dish to share, a sort of elevated pot luck if you will.

My only request is that each person share their special recipe with us - folks always request it anyways and it is such a fun follow up to a great event. The day after, I always send a "thanks for coming" email and share the collection of new recipes with the group to try their own hand and making some of the new delights - it also helps each of the women in attendance connect with one another. A win / win.

BRUNCH RECIPES :

One of my favorite recipes to share is my aunts recipe for Brie and Sausage Casserole. It is always a hit and is just the perfect dish for brunch. Click here to check out some of my other favorite brunch recipes to make for brunch. And, if your brunch calls for a signature cocktail, we have some great ideas here for you to check out.

Brie and Sausage Brunch casserole by heirloomed

I hope you enjoyed some of my tips for hosting brunch. And, be sure to check out our best brunch recipes and cocktails. I’d love to know your favorite brunch recipes + any hostessing tips you may have. Let me know in the comments below.


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Hosting a Holiday Cookie Exchange.

Hosting a Holiday Cookie Exchange is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. It may seem like a daunting task, but I'm here to share my tips and tricks on pulling it off, making amazing holiday memories, and collecting a ton of new recipes. You can also watch our video for more tips. 

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Provide the Base - As the host you’re in charge of the base decor + set up. Set the expectations up front so participants know how many varieties and what quantity of cookies to bring (and anything else they need to bring), and gather the cookie recipes ahead of time so you know what everyone is bringing and there are no overlaps. 

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holiday cookie exchange / heirloomed

The Cookie Tablescape - Make a beautiful spread to your liking, and remember to layer your table with height and decor. Add cake plates, platters, bowls, smaller plates and lots of tongs and servers so guests can easily grab and go. I even added a vintage sled as an additional layer of decor and height, allowing me to add greenery around and beneath it and plates and platters up top and below. Of course, the highlight of the display should be the beautiful cookies! Knowing the recipes ahead of time will help you better plan. You can even prepare table tents with each cookie name so guests know exactly where to place their cookies once they arrive, and so they know what they’re tasting while gathering their assortments.

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The Details - Consider having a signature cocktail or cocoa for your guests. It’s a great time to break out that punch bowl that was passed down from your grandmother, as well as some other finger foods to break up that sugar high.

The recipes are a huge aspect of the exchange, so be sure you either provide them all in a packet or ask guests to each bring a stack of printouts or recipe cards with their own cookie recipe on it. That’s one of the biggest benefits to a cookie exchange beyond leaving with a container full of a variety of cookies: walking away with a whole bundle of new recipes to try next holiday.

I'm always sure to have holiday music on repeat and a nice mulling cider or spice on the stove to fill my home with the smells + sounds of Christmas. A cozy fire is a nice touch, too. If you have time, sending a physical invitation is also an old-school touch that most guests will appreciate!

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Takeaways - It’s always nice to have little cookie tins (you can get these so many places during the holidays, like Target, the dollar store, etc.) for guests to fill up. Be sure to also provide waxed or parchment paper to line the tins. As an alternative, you can use cellophane or ziplock style bags. 

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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creatingtraditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com