CREATING A BRIGHT BRUNCH TABLE SETTING
I recently inherited some beautiful entertaining dinnerware and have been itching to find reasons to use. My Nana loved social gatherings. She founded CASA’s Voices for Children Annual Auction and had previously been involved in Junior League, the Town Club and Waverley Country Club. She had countless table linens, sets of silverware, place settings and other things for entertaining. I inherited her love of organizing events, so I definitely had to put some of these things to good use. One of the first table settings I created was based around these beautiful, vintage, yellow patterned plates; the colors are perfect for a bright brunch table setting. It took some brainstorming to figure out how to create a colorful place setting that looked sophisticated and flowed nicely. Here are five tips I figured out along the way.
5 Tips for a Colorful Brunch Table Setting
#1 Color Palette – Identify two main colors you want to tie in throughout your table. If you are using a patterned plate, or patterned pieces in your table setting, make sure to bring out some of those colors in the palette you choose. I typically incorporate more colors into a table setting for little pops of extra excitement here and there, but making two colors my primary focus keeps the setting from looking like the inside of a bubblegum ball dispenser.
#2 Layering – If your dinnerware is primarily white or neutral, layer them with colorful napkins, salad plates and/or place mats. The pops of color directly above/below the white transform your everyday items into pieces that are ready for a party.
#3 Mixing Patterns – If you are incorporating more than one patterned item in your table setting, make sure there are at least three different patterns present. I found that the different patterns blended together more beautifully when I added a third pattern vs when I originally tried to have just two. I found that the rule of odd numbers when decorating seemed to apply here, because the two isolated patterns stood out more and seemed to clash.
#4 Statement Pieces – Add some character to your setting with some statement pieces. The statement pieces can be patterned pieces, chunky silverware, a pretty vase with flowers, a butter dish, a pitcher, a serving dish, etc. It doesn’t really matter what statement pieces you choose, they just add some excitement to the table and makes your table setting look more polished and professional.
#5 Pretty Serveware – Brunch is a great serve yourself meal. Using cute bowls and serving utensils for the food items keeps from ruining the beautiful place setting you created. I mostly buy white serving bowls/plates so they go with any colorful tablescape I create.
Make sure and stay tuned for my delicious make ahead cinnamon roll recipe I will post later this week! I will link it here once it is published.