Bourbon/Peach Oolong Syrup/Peach Bitters
Gin/Lemon Verbena Syrup/Crushed Cinnamon/Tonic Water
Mezcal/Mango Molido Mix/Ginger Beer/Lime
Springtime is the perfect time of year to host a brunch! Whether you’re hosting just you and someone special or you’re planning for a whole group, you want everything to be perfect. I think it was Benjamin Franklin who said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” So, like anything done well, planning is key. Have a plan and stick to it and you’ll be so happy with your efforts! To help you host the perfect brunch without all the stress, we’ve put together some tips to help you pull off that stress-free brunch.
Set a simple menu
Once you know how many people you’ll be hosting, the first thing you’ll want to do is decide what you’re going to serve everyone to eat. Choose simple dishes that complement each other. Be sure to plan both sweet and savory, have some fruit and a simple salad. Decide on one main dish and keep the rest simple.
The Night Before
Set everything you’re going to need out the night before. Coffee cups, plates, napkins, silverware, bread baskets…anything you’ll need. Set it on the table or out on the kitchen table. Trust me with this one. I once realized 20 minutes before my guests arrived that I had forgotten the strawberries and had to make a dash to the store.
Get Ahead of the Game
Make as much as you can the night before. That way you won’t have to get up at 5am the morning of your brunch to start cooking before the rooster crows. You can even make some canapés the weekend before, freeze them, and then thaw them the night before. Or better yet, pre-order some dishes from your favorite restaurant or catering company to be delivered the day before. You can even use an event designer, like my friends at RO & Co Events to offer some dreamy inspiration and save you some time.
Need some ideas on things that you can make the night before or even weeks before and just re heat? Check out make ahead brunch recipes I found on PopSugar!
Don’t forget the Drinks
Don’t forget to get everything ready for Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas … I mean, it is brunch after all. Make sure you have enough cocktail glasses and champagne flutes on hand. If you’re having a large group, you can rent these from your local event rentals company or pick up a few extras at your local Pier One or Pottery Barn.
Keep things in perspective
Be sure you set realistic expectations for yourself and the party. There will seem like there’s so many little details to remember, but the most important thing to keep in mind is the reason you’re having this brunch: to spend time with friends and family. Nobody expects you to pull off a Martha Stewart scaled event…they just want to spend time with you!
This contemporary Millwick wedding was a perfect reflection of this super fun couple. Every last thing was meaningful to both the bride and the groom without any over-the-top wedding hoopla!
The Millwick is definitely one of my favorite venues of all time. Their plant wall is absolutely gorgeous and everyone adores the roll up garage doors that give an edgy industrial look to the whole venue.
I have to admit – I was slightly obsessed with Erin’s shoes. All the metallics and print were killer and combined with her simple yet elegant wedding dress was an amazing touch. She looks stunning!
Drew is looking just as good! I can’t believe how he matched his tie color so closely to the floral palette! They sure did make for a cute couple… and did I mention fun? That’s what I love about them they were laid back fun and really down for anything we asked.
How about these bridesmaids’ dresses? The green Maid of Honor dress AND the floral print for the other girls was totally rad! Those just might be dresses these ladies wear again!
These two are probably some of the coolest people I’ve ever met, maybe even too cool for me! I mean…they served craft beer during their ceremony! I think Aldo was more in love with them after that than anyone! I was so honored they chose me to photograph their amazing wedding!
You could tell they really love each other. They wanted to share their special moment of committing to each other with their friends and family, but also keep it simple while having a good time. While photos were important to them, they also wanted to not be overwhelmed or miss their party because of it. And that’s just what we did for them.
The Little Branch knocked it out of the park with her farm to table look. All the vibrant reds and purples really brought some life and a gorgeous color pop to this modern venue.
This venue was perfect for Erin and Drew and their edgy style. Their goal was to throw the best party ever for their friends and family. I think everyone can agree that is exactly what happened.
I asked Erin and Drew what their favorite part of the venue was. They both agreed it was this bar. I could definitely enjoy a cocktail sitting at this bar!
What Erin and Drew were looking for was a good party with photography that would capture all the emotion of their day without being over-posed. They wanted beautiful images and I believe that’s exactly what they got.
Of course, I must share one of the most gorgeous maternity sessions ever! One of my favorite couples and best friends, Natalie and Peyman, are expecting their first baby!
Ekkkk! I am so excited for them and can’t wait to meet my little baby noodlette.
These two are just the cutest and most photogenic, even if they think otherwise. (Check out their engagement shoot, too!) I’m telling you, not many people are actually comfortable in front of the camera, myself included. But, once we get to know you, no one will ever think you’re camera shy again! Am I right?!? I mean look at these stunning images!
I am obsessed with a clean soft white look with some blow out windows! There is just something so majestic about a mommy to be with the glow behind her and in neutrals for that gorgeous look of purity.
There is something so beautiful and special about capturing a mommy and her baby bump. The excitement, the anticipation, the love that just keeps growing.
Many women debate whether or not they should have a maternity session. Once they finally give in, they rarely regret it. I say go for it, I know it can be scary with your body changing and feeling like a little alien is growing inside of you, but trust me … you will not be disappointed with a beautiful maternity session like this! It’s such a short and memorable time that you will cherish for a lifetime. Oh, aren’t these guys just adorable?
I loved everything about this session and can’t wait to photograph more … almost as much as I can’t wait to meet my newest baby friend!
I’ve got a gorgeous destination engagement shoot for you!
Love is in the air and these two can feel it, too. This wonderful couple from New York picked the most beautiful setting for their engagement session … Santa Ynez. It also happened to be just a week before their destination wedding!
They rented an amazing home for the week. We spent the afternoon wandering around some of the most stunning settings including a barn and gorgeous vineyard. Some of my favorite images came out of the time they spent running through the vineyards together!
We would have gotten even more awesome images, but we missed out on some epic locations. Many of our pre-determined photo spots ended up being closed for our protection. Of all things, the one and only weekend was declared hunting season! Of course, we didn’t want to be confused for a deer, so I guess we should be thankful for some of those spots being closed.
How about these breathtaking sunsets? The majestic hills of Northern California are so very different from our Southern California beach sunsets. I had the most fun photographing our couple as they enjoyed the magnificent views. Those colors, especially the magenta in the sunset just blew me away! I can’t wait to shoot there again!
I am so excited to finally start catching up with all our wonderful shoots from this past year. Kicking off with sharing this editorial shoot with you! I thought it would be some fun inspiration for Valentine’s Day week with the bold mauves, purples and copper! The teams from Harmony Creative Studio and Shindig Chic totally rocked it with this one!
Geometric shapes were paired with a soft, romantic palette of mauve, copper and natural wood tones. They provide the perfect design inspiration for your early fall wedding or party. I absolutely adore the way the designers matched a fresh palette with some really fun ideas. It’s the perfect inspiration for those brides and grooms who are planning a stylish and unique day that tells their story.
OK, let’s take a look at some of my favorite images!
Margaux from Harmony Creative Studio had a great comment about our venue: “The ranch-like setting and open meadow of new venue Oak Canyon Ranch in Agoura Hills, California was the perfect ‘tranquil’ setting. With several different ceremony and reception locations to choose from, it allowed us so much creative freedom! We choose to have our ceremony under a fantastic natural arch in one of the many majestic oak trees on the property, draping ivory silk contrasted with a gorgeous purple vintage rug from Pretty Vintage Rentals (who also supplied our fabulous lounge set-up, how great is that lilac sofa!), for a dramatic yet romantic backdrop.”
Tulaloo Stationery Studio got things started off on the right foot with a pretty watercolor style stationery suite. The colors were absolutely perfect!
And I adore this pink, mauve and lilac bouquet Shindig Chic designed for the shoot. Ask your florist for peonies, ranunculus, anemones, lilac, roses, veronica + olive branch!
How gorgeous is this modern braided ponytail by Lauren Cory from KBGLAM? Love it!
You know I love my cocktails, so I was especially delighted with the signature drinks crafted for the shoot! His: ‘Raspberry Moscow Mule’ with Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice, Raspberries + Ginger Beer. Hers: ‘Blackberry Harmony’ with Blackberries, Lemon Gin + Tonic.
I am so in love the entire look of this shoot. I think the color story and a lot of the table top ideas would translate beautifully to home design or any kind of event.
The soft linen napkins and delicate silk hung behind the table were the perfect soft touch to the geometric terrariums, copper chargers and beautiful florals.
The floral team also played off the succulents in the floral design and used potted succulents as escort cards. This was a super easy DIY project using wood pots from the Target craft section, and painting patterns with copper paint.
I hope you’re inspired to design your day with a fun palette and some unique, geometric design elements! Here’s some more fun images from the shoot!