FRIENDSGIVING BRUNCH & ENTERTAINING FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT WEST ELM . . .
Earlier this month I collaborated with an amazing group of ladies to host West Elm's How-To "Drink + Clink" entertaining event! From florals to favors; place cards to painted details; and cider cocktails to cinnamon popcorn, we had a blast sharing our many ideas for entertaining around the holidays! The talented line-up: Sweet Annie Floral, Shindig Catering, Lindsey Ocker Photography and Chelsea Petaja of Oh My Deer Handmades (LA). . . Thank you!
And I am especially grateful to West Elm for inviting us to share our ideas, passion and talents. West Elm Fenway has been a huge supporter of Bash and I can't thank them enough. Of course, they also outfitted this event with their beautiful and festive tabletop goods! You can find them all at West Elm. We especially loved featuring their Dapper Animal Plates, Gold Flatware, and Center Stripe Woven Runner . . . and so much more . . .
My initial thought when West Elm asked me to host a holiday event around entertaining was that the holidays are first and foremost about gathering with friends and family—often around a table sharing stories and fond memories. But that also means a turkey and all it's fixings (which we love!); however a weekend brunch is another great way to get together with friends before the holiday madness! So we hosted a Friendsgiving Brunch with a range of tabletop ideas for any type of holiday gathering, really! And you certainly don't have to do them all, but we hope you find something you'll love!
I always start brainstorming each event by making a mood board that captures the look and feel that I want to create. This process helps me gather my ideas and pull together a strong palette of colors and textures. This event was going to be around warmth, a mix of metallics, golden pears, shades of berry, mustard yellow and olives branches.
EVENT DESIGN: DETAILS & DECOR
Don't feel like you have to make everything. . . or anything! We got our hands on our favorites which saved us a lot of time and were enjoyed just as much! Cook's Farm Orchard pies are the very best and can be bought at Copley Square Farmers Market. These Old-fashioned style donut holes from Doughboy Donuts are made around the clock and open 24/7. A South Boston staple and the BEST classic donuts in town. So good we kept them in their box! A perfect fit for our table . . .
Thanksgiving Place Cards
Our place cards, created with Chelsea Petaja, give guests the opportunity to reflect on what they are most grateful for. Have your guests share their gratitude or keep as a "note to self". We all need to remind ourselves sometimes :)
Scroll down to find out how you can download this artwork!
I also like to use a piece of fresh fruit or something natural. In this case we found mini dark red corn husks that we placed at each place setting. They were festive, a little quarky, and the perfect size!
Chelsea Petaja Hand-Lettering
I've always been a huge fan of Chelsea's work and so excited to work with her even though we were miles apart! She created a beautiful set of hand-lettered words and phrases that you can download on our blog and use on treat bags, menus, place mats, favors, tags . . . the possibilities are endless!
Comfort & Style
I like to drape throws on the backs of chairs and place pillows on the end chairs to bring comfort and warmth to the table. They are a great way to add to enhance your color palette. Guests will love curling up during the winter holidays!
Prosecco Cider Cocktail
So easy! Top off apple cider with your favorite prosecco, a sprig rosemary for garnish and enjoy!
Sweet Favors with a Homemade Touch
Mini Weck jars are perfect for your favorite jam or honey and giving them out as favors anytime of the year! We chose cranberry chutney and orange marmalade for our Friendsgiving!
Or wrap some homemade (or not!) baked goods to-go using wax paper and your favorite ribbon or string. This wrapped cotton twine in lemon is from my favorite local ribbon supplier and designer, Angela Liguori Studio Carta.
FLORALS BY SWEET ANNIE FLORAL DESIGN
Arrangement Floral Ingredients
Peonies, Juliet Garden Rose, Protea, Amaryllis, Dusty Miller, Ivy Bush, Zebra Grass
Olive Branch, Acacia Denisbode,
. . . and Rosemary as an accent!
BRUNCH BITES BY SHINDIG CATERING
Bethany, owner of Shindig Catering baked up some delicious goodies for our Friendsgiving Brunch. The best part is that they were easy and in individual serving sizes for our guests!
Cinnamon & Sugar Popcorn . . . bagged in our treat bags!
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars with a Harvest cream cheese frosting! See below for her recipe!
Bethany used Trader Joe's pumpkin bread mix to make it easy! Instead of chocolate chips you can also add pomegranate seeds. And if you can't have a brunch without pancakes, try Trader Joe's pumpkin pancake mix! They are so good!
Bethany also put together petite granola jars with pomegranate seeds and lo-fat greek yogurt in the most adorable Weck jars.
RECIPE FROM SHINDIG
Shindig's Harvest Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. whipped cream cheese
3 oz. pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon confectionary sugar
Whip together in a bowl until well mixed and chill for at least one hour.
Serve at room temperature and enjoy!