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Post Wedding Brunch Ideas

Post Wedding Brunch Ideas

Many wedding guests will have traveled long distances to attend the celebrations. For this reason, it is becoming increasingly popular to host a post wedding brunch prior to when the bride & groom head off for their honeymoon. This gives those who traveled long distances a bit more time with the couple – which is the reason they made the trip. It is a great way to show those who made a little extra effort, how important they are to you. An invitation card for the brunch can be included in the wedding invitation envelope or mailed (or emailed) separately.

There are several ways this can be handled and all of them have benefits of their own.

– If you are using a caterer for your wedding, hire them to provide a light continental breakfast the next morning.

– Negotiate with the wedding reception venue to hold it there and you may be able to lower your food and beverage minimum or get a better room rental rate by having two events in the same space – especially if the set-up can remain. If you hosted your festivities under a tent, make arrangements with the rental companies to hold off on shutting down until after the brunch.

– If the group is small enough, hold it at a family members home and order pastries from a local bakery or send someone out for donuts & juice.

– Hold it at a local breakfast spot. If you choose, you can indicate on the invite that it is a pay-your-own-way affair. Be sure to schedule with the cafe ahead of time.

Tips:

Keep it simple! The wedding and reception were big, elaborate affairs – this is just an additional chance to thank your bridal party and/or spend time with out of town guests.

Don’t invite everyone! Keep the guest list to those you really want to make sure you get extra time with.

Delegate! Assign the entire thing or portions of it to a willing bridesmaid or eager-to-help mother in-law.

Let them sleep in! Don’t schedule it for 7:30 am just because you want to head off to your honeymoon. A brunch is considered to be between the hours of 9:00 am – 11:30 am. If you and your guests were up late at the reception (and you know they will be), be kind to them and yourself by letting everyone get some rest!

**For ideas on hosting a brunch wedding & reception see this post.

Image Credits: Savory Cuisine Catering 

Sewing Themed Brunch

This weekend I hosted a sewing themed brunch for my parents to honor my Mom for Mother’s Day. My mom is and always has been a lover of all things fabric, lace and thread. Growing up she would reupholster furniture to bring in extra income, sew the majority of our clothes and make clothes for our dolls and barbies. Now that she and my dad are retired she spends most of her time making quilts for humanitarian efforts, tatting leper bandages or making quilts for her kids and grand kids  She makes a quilt whenever any of them are born, for their first Christmas and when they get married. Since she has 9 kids and 42 grandkids, she’s pretty much in her sewing room (the largest two rooms in our house) all the time.

I thought it would be fitting to have sewing as the our theme for the decor. It also meant that gathering supplies would be super easy. I just raided her stuff, filled up my trunk and I was all set! I think it turned out really pretty. She was extremely touched and happy when she saw it – which was all I wanted.

Sewing Brunch Party

For the food table:

– I pulled some fabric through embroidery hoops and hung them on the wall.

– I accented the food table with a feather weight antique sewing machine and its case.

– I filled bowls and a cake stand with lots of lace ribbon/trim and tatting thread.

– I also added tatted doilies that were made by my Mom and Great Grandma.

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I wanted the food to be really feminine and decadent (it was a special occasion after all).

I served fresh raspberries and blueberries with freshly whipped cream.

Berries & Cream Brunch

I made a Strawberry Banana smoothie and some flavored water.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

The breakfast casserole was really delicious (probably thanks to the amount of butter and bacon in it). I used the recipe found here and just did just under 1/2 for the pie plate and substituted bacon for ham – and I’ll be honest I used about 6 tbsp of butter instead of just 4. 🙂

Breakfast Casserole

And, really, what brunch is set without a few Orange and Raspberry rolls with cream cheese frosting from Shirley’s Bakery?

Shirley's Rolls

Sewing Themed Party Decor

For the dining table:

– I covered it with a tatted lace table cloth made by my great grandmother – isn’t it incredible?!

– I filled painted mason jars with carnations in shades of pink  and pinned a length of eyelet lace around each one as a little skirt. For the center I filled a large vase with Lilies (that my Mom got to take home).

– I set the table with antique plates, mason drinking jars and cloth napkins that had a measuring tape/pin napkin ring (one of my favorite details).

– I added framed photos of me and my mom from when we were infants.

Brunch decorations

Flowers & Lace   Sewing napkin rings Brunch table decor   Brunch table decor 2 

It was a beautiful brunch with delicious food, great company and very pretty decor. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Wedding Wednesday: Pink & Gray Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower

My sisters and I worked together to throw a brunch bridal shower for my beautiful niece, Alix. I had a lot of fun creating the decorations. Bridal Showers can be an expensive event to host, but if you plan it right and have a few people sharing the load, you can still have a really elegant event without breaking the bank.

I started by spraying gray cardstock and paper doilies with silver glitter spray. Then I used them to turn into the garlands. I used a Silhouette machine to cut out the heart shapes and sewed them together to make several garlands. Then I used them along with cardstock letters to create a “True Love” garland. I was going to spell out their names, but realized that if I kept it generic I could let others borrow it for their own bridal showers – AND – it could be used at Valentines Day for my decorations. 🙂 Smart thinking, right?

Doily Garland & Heart Garlands

This photo shows the sparkle a little better.

True Love Garland Favor Center

For the favors I purchased pink tulle circles in the wedding section at Hobby Lobby and filled them with butter mints. I printed the sign and framed it, adding a few hearts to the photo mat.

Bridal Shower favors

Over the food on the kitchen island, I hung strands of the heart garland, glitter sprayed doilies and pink and gray metallic tissue paper pom poms.

bridal shower decor You know how it goes, when you are getting things ready you don’t always get photos after the party starts – so this is the only one I had of the drinks – before they were filled. We served water with lemon and orange juice. The containers were simply accented with a glittered doily and a drink label.

Drink Center

Guests were invited to build their own parfait with the choice of raspberry or vanilla yogurt, homemade granola and frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries).

Yogurt Parfaits

We also served delicious Shirley’s sweet rolls in Orange, Cinnamon and Raspberry. I think I ate at least 3. They are so incredible! Then to round out the menu a honey baked spiral ham (not pictured) was kept warm in a crock pot for guests as well.

Bridal Shower sweet rolls with bride and groom picks

We kept the activities simple, but since this was her only shower there were friends as well as both sides of the family and the games helped bring everyone together. As described in this post, we played the Mustaches & Lips game as well as the Connect 4 game while she opened gifts.

Mustache & Lips Game

Wedding Wednesday: Brunch Wedding

Let’s be honest, in Utah we do weddings WAY different than the rest of the world. But, most of the weddings that are done in Utah are so similar! So, I thought it would be fun to suggest a unique idea that would throw your family and friends for a loop! Not only is it a different experience than the traditional 6-8 pm open house at the church, a brunch wedding has a lot of benefits for the budget. Almost any wedding venue around has less expensive pricing for a daytime event vs. an evening affair. If you are only inviting family, chances are they are taking the day off of work anyway, and you can go one step further in the budget savings by also hosting it on a weekday. Also, if you are planning a wedding that has a very short planning period, a brunch wedding may be the only way to secure the venue you really want if it is during wedding season.

These days, weddings are so focused on the experience. That’s why there is so much emphasis on selecting a theme, color palette and venue that all work together to provide your guests with an event they will long remember. That is why the brunch wedding is so much fun! Chances are, most of them have never attended one, so there aren’t any preconceptions or expectations to fulfill. You really have a blank canvas to do whatever you want with! Standard “brunch” time is anything after 9:00 am and before 12:00 pm. So if you get married at 9:00 am and then start the brunch at 10:30 or 11:00 am you are golden!

Decor:

You really have to consider the venue you select. Make sure you go there at the time of day you will be holding your event so you can see how the lighting makes the room feel. Consider an outdoor venue. If the reception is taking place early on a mid-Summer day, it might be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather before the day gets too hot. Look for venues that may not work for an evening wedding, but would be perfect for a brunch – like a greenhouse, garden or city park that has lush greenery and blooming flowers.

I love the idea of a soft, misty color palette to mimic a dewy morning that is a little bit crisp but sunny:

brunch wedding misty

misty waters

Or you could incorporate the food into your decor by mixing flowers and berries in the decor:bright fruity 2

bright fruity

I also LOVE the citrus color palette for a morning event to go along with the fruit you’ll be serving:citrus colors

Menu:

Brunch Buffet

There are so many fun things you could do for a brunch because it doesn’t have to be totally breakfast or totally lunch food. If you’re going casual, pick a few things to feature and let your guests nibble as they visit or make it fancy by offering live stations (like the omelette or ham carving) or a plated meal.

You could include any or all of the following:

Waffle, french toast or crepes bar

Omelette station, scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, quiche or frittata

Spiral honey glazed ham, sausage or bacon

Sweet raspberry, orange or cinnamon rolls, croissants, bagels, english muffins, toast, sweet breads (banana, lemon, zuchini, etc), danishes, tarts, donuts and muffins

Hashbrowns or home fries

Bread pudding or rice pudding

Fruit and yogurt parfait station

Sliced fruit and cheese

Biscuits and gravy

Garden, vegetable or fruit salads

Pasta with different sauces

Fresh selection of juices and flavored waters

Attire:

Since there isn’t really any precedence, you can land anywhere on the scale from really casual to really formal. The venue you select and your invitations will tell your guests a lot about what they can expect and how they should dress themselves. Make sure both of these things reflect your personality as a bride and groom and give the appropriate vibe to your guests.

Favors:

Keep with your brunch theme and send guests home with something to help them remember your special day, like:

Homemade jam or local honey

honey favor

A small Simply Orange/Lemonade/Apple/ with two striped paper straws tied with ribbon and a cute tag that says, “You’re simply the best!”

simply orange

A trail mix station or small containers filled with premixed trailmix would be a great thing to send home with your guests.

trail mix favor

Be original and plan a wedding brunch to celebrate your special day! You’ll save on your budget, surprise your guests, and best of all – you’ll be off to your honeymoon by late afternoon!

Image credits: Misty wedding, misty wedding waters, flowers and berries, citrus wedding, brunch menu, honey, trail mix

 

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