Last week, I put together a spring brunch for a handful of Atlanta bloggers and Instagrammers, along with my friend Haley from Brewing Happiness. And since yesterday was the first day of spring AND Easter is literally right around the corner, I thought I’d share some photos this morning from the event.
It was a ton of fun, and even though I managed to sprinkle some stressful moments in there (what party planning would be complete without it, right?), everything worked out great. It was so nice to see blog buddies that I hadn’t caught up with in a while and make some new friends too.
I imagine there will be more of these in the future, with more and more creatives from ATL joining in on upcoming get-togethers. But this was a great first go, with yummy homemade goodies from Haley, a parfait bar, cocktails, florals, and plenty of DIY party decor.
Big thanks to Flower Muse for providing all of the gorgeous flowers and Justin’s, Wallaby Yogurt, and Seven Sundays for hooking us up in the food department. Also…Rachel Brewer for doing all of the hand lettering and Amelia Tatnall for the photography for the event.
Here’s how it all went down…
We threw the party at Haley’s loft, which has gorgeous natural light and rustic / industrial charm. I brought over my molded plastic chairs to bring in some clean, modern lines, which worked really well as a contract to Haley’s extra long wood dining table.
To set the mood for our little shindig, we sent out a box to each attendee ahead of time, with a mini canvas that said ‘let’s party’ and a tube container of homemade granola, along with a postcard that included all of the important details. The containers are from Ikea, in case you’re wondering.
Surprise, surprise, there was no shortage of flowers. I mean can you even have a spring celebration without some flowers here and there? I think not.
I made all of the floral arrangements the day before, so we could keep everything as fresh as possible. We needed up with five low centerpieces that ran the length of the table and a few additional arrangements for the food and drink tables, etc.
I’ll be sharing the exact flower breakdown and tutorial for making the centerpieces in another post later this week.
To make things easy, I decided to use raw canvas (that we then painted in our color scheme) for the bulk of the decorations. It not only helped to tie all of the decorative elements together in a pinch, it was also super budget-friendly. I bought 6 yards of canvas at $6.50 a yard, for a total of $39 – which (aside from paint) covered the materials for the photo booth backdrop, menu, contest sign, place cards, prize ribbons, and table runner.
One of the main food components for the brunch was a parfait bar. We thought it would be really fun to turn it into a little contest too. So we did a ‘prettiest parfait’ contest, which was a nice ice breaker and just kind of different and fun.
Aside from the parfait bar, Haley made two kinds of muffins, overnight porridge, fruit salad, and more. All kinds of (healthy-ish) yum for everyone.
All of the hand lettering for the menu, contest sign, place cards, etc was done by Rachel Brewer. Thanks Rach. You did an amazing job!
Photography by Amelia Tatnall
What do you think of this DIY spring brunch? Any ideas in here that you might use for your next get together?