EASY BRUNCH Setting + Menu

…a pretty table in less than 10…

This past weekend I had to pleasure of hosting a small brunch for six lovely ladies. It was the easiest entertaining I’ve ever done, to be honest! I took a few snapshots of my 10-minute table before everyone arrived, mainly because I was so surprised at how easy it was to put together…

Had on hand: my grandmother’s hand painted gold-rimmed China that I try to break out as often as possible! The gold flatware I scored in a One King’s Lane sale, the Jonathan Adler salt and pepper shakers were a Christmas gift, the amber champagne glasses I purchased at Pier 1 years ago, and the placemats I bought last year at Macy’s on clearance.

But the table would not be as pretty without a few budget buys from Target and my local supermarket. Even though I would normally set cloth napkins, I decided to throw these cute confetti paper napkins on the plates at the last minute for some festive color. And don’t ask me how I lucked out that my run-of-the-mill supermarket would have white hydrangea bunches and spider mums that very morning! With a couple of Acqua Panna bottles, I was good to go.

The menu was thrown together at the last minute and was a collaborative effort — so much so, I ended up only having to make one thing! Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata (so easy and yummy, I’m telling you!); Cranberry Wheat Germ Muffins (a friend brought these dynamos, swapping out the original blueberries); Sarabeth’s Strawberry Raspberry PreservesItalian Sweet Creme (sounds fancy huh? It’s Coffee-Mate’s version and so good!)

West Elm gold flatware set, $29
Kate Spade “Library Lane” navy & gold rimmed china, $119/5-pc setting
Acqua Panna spring water (at your local supermarket), $1.49
Mara Mi “let’s celebrate” napkins (Target in-store only), $3.99
Riedel “O” glasses (dishwasher safe!), $88.50 for 8
Jonathan Adler “Futura” salt and pepper shakers, $48

My takeaway from this experience?
It is extremely helpful to have entertaining pieces on hand that you can throw together = no stress!

Do you have any tips for easy entertaining?

Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. Wow, I LOVE the table setting AND the menu! I desperately need some pretty placemats so let me know if you have any suggestion 🙂 I love your taste!

  2. what an easy, breezy yet beautifully simple table. those are the best sometimes aren’t they? i think it is important to actually use things often reserved for special occasions. everyday is special to me. so why not dress up, use your grandmother’s china, and drink champagne! i should make that a poster and put it on pinterest…

  3. Ten minutes?! That’s crazy impressive. Love that it’s chic and not overly fussy. And the menu, yum! Love the stemless wine glasses for water, I do the same.

  4. Oh!! I loved it! it looks so impressive by the first look but then, analyzing every detail.. it is the simple and harmonious arrangement of beautiful elements… I loved it! and your grandma’s china is great!! lucky guests of yours!

  5. Your table looks fabulous! Brunch is my favorite time to host as well…breakfast foods are so much easier to put together and it makes it more about conversation and enjoying the start of a new day. My only “easy” tip would be to invest in a versatile three-tier server– I like to fill mine with beautiful pastries or a combination of cheeses, muffins and grapes/fruit– they make the table look really festive and give the setting an interesting mix of height. 🙂 xx

  6. That table is SO gorgeous. Loving all the gold details…my fav and I want the new west elm gold flatware SO badly…its such a great deal !


  7. What a perfect table – and love that you used so much of what you had on hand. In love with those salt and pepper shakers. They are absolutely adorable.

  8. your takeaway is dead-on – once you have the foundation you can throw any sort of party! i have dinner parties, brunches, you name it, and its so easy because i have beautiful (and some inexpensive!) serving pieces to make it LOOK fancy 🙂

    your party looks so fun and i seriously love those placemats!

  9. ok this is just a testament to how much of a style maven you truly are! amazing that you threw that table setting together…loving your grandmother’s china and the flatware! and the menu sounds delicious!

  10. 10 minute setup, you make it look so effortless! Gold flatware is on my wish list. Love the addition of the target confetti napkins. Great find!

  11. That first photo is beautiful, as is your table setting. It’s personal, elegant with just enough color. I really like those spring water bottles. Goodness, is there anything you’re not good at? 🙂

  12. That is the nicest table setting I have seen in a really long time! I absolutely love those placemats, and the confetti napkins add a perfect little touch of color and whimsy. I like the gold flatware too, I might need to get that. Menu sounds fantastic as well. What a fun brunch!

  13. LOVE those placemats! Total inspiration for my bathroom accent wall. I wish I could find gold foil wallpaper in that same pattern. What a great vibe for a ladies brunch!

  14. I am just really excited because I have the same placemats, which I purchased on sale at Macy’s last year! I love that they are reversible. Very nice table setting!

  15. Gorgeous table Erika, I really adore your style! I so enjoy reading your posts- you have such a talent with how you put your photos together with your collages and fonts, and thanks for always including your sources. You keep your content fresh and your genuine personality really shines through. Have a great weekend:)