This Chic Holiday Brunch is Beautiful and Delicious
Happy Holidays friends! Christmas music starts playing in my head just looking at these gorgeous images. It was so much fun creating this chic holiday table setting, complete with eclectic textiles, floral centerpieces and delicious recipes.
I’m going to give you the rundown on how to recreate a similar chic holiday table. In this post, we will cover:
- How to mix traditional holiday prints with non traditional fabrics.
- Easy floral centerpiece ideas and my new favorite flower that looks especially gorgeous on a holiday table.
- Why WHITE dish ware always wins…
- RECIPES! I’m not the best cook or a food stylist, so I called in expert Paige Adams of Last Ingredient to share her amazing fare with us.
- Paige graciously let me look like the hostess with the mostest! First tip of holiday hosting, outsource a few things to make it easier and more enjoyable.
Don’t miss the incredible CARAMEL NUT TART – it’s like a nut lovers pecan pie on steroids. The thick crisp pie crust and caramel nut filling are so satisfying!
Let’s talk fabrics first. I used this Indian block print fabric as the main table cloth. I love the idea of a floral or other tight repeating print that feels non traditional for a holiday table. When paired with a more traditional tartan plaid, the combination feels fresh and unexpected but still festive! I used these beautiful Juliska Plaid Napkins from Perigold. A silk ribbon and mini ornament make each guest’s place setting feel extra special.
Red, white and green is timeless combination for the Christmas season but poinsettias and pinecones get boring. For our chic holiday table, I created several mini arrangements using small vases (these brass vessels are actually Indian tea cups!). I pre-ordered my new FAVORITE flower (parrot tulips) from a local flower shop and brought in some deep purple and orangey-red ranunculus for color. Additional greenery and some winter berries round out the arrangements. This parrot tulip is the white variety and the feathery, scalloped edges are so gorgeous you don’t have to do much to make the florals beautiful. I also threw in a few white peonies to keep everything from feeling too busy. They add a lovely softness as well.
Small arrangements are easy to move around at a party that’s more social and promote more conversation. Nothing is worse than a giant flower arrangement blocking you from chatting with the person across from you. They also make great party favors.
WHY WHITE DISHES?
For this brunch, I worked with online luxury brand retailer Perigold to choose Le Creuset serving ware. Le Creuset comes in a variety of classic and bold colors, but food often looks the best on a white backdrop. These 4-piece settings will stand the test of time. They will also work with any variety of color and pattern and change with the seasons. I could not love them more and they are perfect for more casual holiday meals too!
BRUNCH FARE + DESSERT MENU
You don’t want to miss trying the beautiful food from Last Ingredient. I’m obsessed with Paige’s recipes and food photography. This simple make before menu makes it easy to host with elegant rustic desserts, comforting soup and fresh salad:
- ROASTED TOMATO SOUP served in Le Creuset dutch oven
- DELICATA SQUASH SALAD served in moon glass bowl
- CARAMEL NUT TART on Le Creuset cake stand (recipe linked above)
- BLACK + WHITE TEA CAKES (adapted from this recipe) and using this PAN
HAPPIEST HOLIDAYS from our design studio table to YOURS! Hope this inspires you to get some friends or family together to enjoy the beauty of the season.
XX – CLAIRE
photography by: Heather Talbert
This post is sponsored by Perigold but all opinions are my own. Thanks to the brands that help this blog run!