Oh how I love a party! So much so that I was recently named to the 100 Best Entertainers in the South for the second year in a row by the Salonnière! What an honor.
And I can think of no better way to celebrate than to share the first of a 5-part entertaining series I’m doing with At Home in Arkansas magazine over the next year! In each of the 5 features, I’m bringing you my favorite ideas, tips, and tricks for entertaining in my own home. It’s all about how I like to throw parties, host holidays and make occasions special for my family and friends. And since we just hit the month of May, let’s kick off this series with a fabulous Mother’s Day brunch?
I love all of the natural light in my sunroom, and the pink accents in this space are perfect for hosting a ladylike Mother’s Day soiree! We filled the room with a mix of my favorite pink peonies and my mom’s favorite, blue hydrangeas for a colorful mix.
I like to mix and match my table settings with everything from a flea market find, like my Fenton polka dot glasses, to my Wedgewood White, fine bone china to that antique, pink dessert set, a gift from a friend on my 40th birthday. Pulling all of these different pieces together with Ballard Design placements and napkins from Wisteria creates a collected look. And I finished off this high-low setting with my sterling silverware. I believe that when entertaining, anything goes! And the most important tip is to have fun.
I used the Gabrielle console in a custom gray paint from my collection with Woodbridge Furniture as a buffet for our waffle and “Mom-osa” station for this event. Because who doesn’t love a little champagne with brunch! When entertaining, I love to use what you have. And don’t un-decorate your home to make room, just mix it in. That’s why I placed this pretty buffet right in front of our gallery wall–a collection of art from our travels around the globe and from artists right here in Arkansas.
Having the buffet gives my guest an opportunity to be creative with their brunch. And oh how I love creativity. Of course it was chocolate chips and whip cream for my daughter, while I top my waffles with fresh berries.
And the “mixing” didn’t stop with the table. I combined lots of my favorite pieces from my glassware collection to have containers of all shapes and sizes for food, beverages and toppings. Our cute menu gives guests some direction for creating a cocktail, and looks snazzy in that acrylic frame.