It’s so fun to look back over the past year and see all the fun projects I tried and shared here on the blog. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much we accomplish in a year and we feel like we should have done more. I’ve found this year that looking back through photos or posts from the previous year helps remind me that I really did accomplish a lot and should be proud of the work I’ve done. I really do love sharing with all of you and it still makes my day to hear that you read my post or tried one of my DIY’s, recipes, or tips! So without further ado, here’s my 5 most popular posts of 2018!Read More
Something about the beginning of spring and the return of warm weather puts me in the mood for all the brunch food! I've rounded up a variety of brunch recipes that are just as delicous as they are beautiful, whether you prefer salty and savory dishes, or super sweet and rich. What's better than enjoying a weekend brunch on the patio especially when it includes one of these stunning recipes?! Get all the details on my favorite spring brunch dishes below!Read More
Sometimes I feel like I should maybe just create a whole blog dedicated to my love of cheese and charcuterie boards! I have shared so many different charcuterie boards, ideas, and recipes over the years on here and it truly is my favorite meal both to serve and eat! Not only is it easy to prepare but I love how you can really wow guests with the overall presentation, PLUS it feeds a large crowd easily. This past weekend, I wanted to put a twist on my usual charcuterie board for a Saturday morning event, and the bagel brunch board was born! Seriously who doesn't love bagels with alllll the fixings?! I included everything you need for both savory and sweet bagels and once I got going picking out ingredients, it was hard to stop! There are so many possibilities for this and I love that you can personalize it to your preferences or whatever your crowd may like. I got all my ingredients for this from Trader Joe's which is my favorite spot for picking up unique and delicious cheese board ingredients. I've listed all the items I used below as well as tips for assembling your own beautiful brunch board like a pro!Read More
No brunch spread is complete without a quiche! This delicious savory quiche includes a one of my favorite combos: spinach + feta. It's the perfect balance to all the sweet dishes and treats I served at our blogger brunch and was definitely the dish I got the most compliments on! I used a frozen pie crust to make this recipe even quicker and easier, but if you prefer to make your own crust from scratch that's always an option. You can find the full list of ingredients and step by step instructions below!Read More
If you're looking for a sweet brunch treat that's just as easy as it is beautiful- this is for you! These mini individual parfaits are perfect for serving at showers or brunches and you can customize them for any size group. You could also just make them for yourself and store them in the fridge for an easy to grab breakfast or snack! I served my parfaits in individual juice glasses but you can also use mason jars or clear disposable cups. I incorporated these into the place settings at our blogger brunch since they are so cute and colorful! They are super simple and delicious and you can definitely customize them with different fruit, yogurt, or granola if you want! Find the full list of ingredients and easy step by step instructions below!Read More
This past weekend I was thrilled to host the most fun little brunch at The Amsden for a group of my local blogger friends. I'm hoping this will be the first of many events like this in our spaces and I had so much fun decorating and setting everything up inside the coffee shop. I decided to keep it simple and go with a winter white theme on the table settings. I found the table runners, napkins, and cute disposable plates at Homegoods. I wanted to keep cleanup simple so I also used this disposable wooden flatware which was super cute but also practical! I put together some quick floral arrangements in gold jars using all white flowers, eucalyptus, and baby's breath. I also cut some extra stems to lay on each place setting on top of the plate and napkin.Read More
A few weeks ago, a group of local Lexington bloggers and myself collaborated for an over-the-top summer blogger brunch at the Barn at Springhouse Gardens! It could not have turned out more beautiful and we had the most magical morning chatting, eating, and of course taking lots of photos! Each blogger contributed to the event in some way, which made it even more special. I loved getting to see the unique talents of everyone there and learn a little bit more about each person! Monday, I shared the details of the flower crown bar I set up for the event with tips on how to style your own as well (find that post here). Today every blogger from the event will be sharing a post about the brunch, whether it be a recipe, DIY, or outfit! I've linked all of their blogs at the end of this post- so be sure to check them out! I will be sharing about the mimosa bar I set up with tips and tricks for styling your own!
Mimosas are a necessity for any brunch and this is such a fun and easy station to set up for a party or event. Your guests will love being able to customize their own mimosas with different juices and fruit garnishes. Special thanks to the Lexington Whole Foods for donating all the champagne, juice, and fruit for our mimosa bar at the brunch! Their fresh squeezed OJ was so delicious and made the best mimosas! I've rounded up a shopping list of all the necessities you will need to assemble your mimosa bar below.
Champagne + ice
Fresh squeezed orange juice
2-3 other juices of your choice: I used grapefruit + pineapple
Fresh fruit garnishes: Strawberries, Raspberries, + Blueberries are some of my favorites!
Cups (I used mini mason jars but you can also use disposable cups or real champagne glasses)
Truly the only two things you really need for mimosas are orange juice and champagne, but the whole point of a mimosa bar is to add a few more fun options! I like to offer 3-4 juice choices total (grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and cranberry juice are some popular options!), as well as some fresh fruit to add to your mimosas like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Don't forget to buy ice to keep your champagne chilled if you don't have a fridge or ice-maker nearby at the event! As far as cups, I prefer the look of real glass, so I used mini mason jars for this set-up. You can also use vintage glasses, champagne flutes, or plastic/disposable cups as well.
After you've purchased all the ingredients for your mimosa bar, the next step is styling! Choose a pretty tablecloth or table runner to set the scene and add a pop of color. I also layered a mix of vintage trays underneath the juice carafes and cups to highlight and separate each section of the bar. Use vintage glass carafes or pitchers to hold each juice (you can add a label or sign to each one if you wish!). An icebucket or metal tub will work perfectly to hold your champagne and ice and keep it chilled. Paper straws are another fun addition that your guests will love! Choose a color or pattern that works with your theme and place them in a small cup or jar near the cups. Finally don't forget a few decorative bowls and some spoons, so your guests can easily grab the fruit. Find my full list of styling extras below:
Paper straws (find my gold striped straws here)
Glass carafes or pitchers to hold juices
Icebucket for champagne
Bowls + spoons for the fruits
Chalkboard or sign
Tablecloth or table runner
Arrange your items so that it's easy for your guests to assemble their mimosas from start to finish. Start with the glasses and straws at the beginning, followed by the juices and champagne, and finish with the fruit garnishes at the end or in the very front. This is a set up that will wow your guests whether it is for a baby or bridal shower, holiday brunch, or outdoor party! You can check out more photos from our blogger brunch below, as well as the links to all the other's blogger's pages who participated! Don't forget to check out my coordinating post about the DIY flower crown bar from this same event here. Each blogger will be sharing a post today about the brunch- so don't miss all the delicious recipes, cute outfits, styling tips, and plenty more photos of the entire event!
Don't forget to check out the brunch posts from all the other local Lexington bloggers below:
Taylor Camacho | The Stylish Tales of Tay
Kelsey Bauer | KabKitchen
Emily Ho | Authentically Emmie
Sarah Caton | Space, Place & Southern Grace
Courtney Hastings | Kentucky Girl Ramblings
Tif Fannin | Bright on a Budget
Katie Mullen & Anna Towle | Hartley Social
Francis Lee Baker | Lee's Lookbook
Kayla Nord | Kayla Weber Art
Whitney Scheibel | Fabulous in Fayette
Ella Rutledge | Girl Meets Lex
Bronwyn Butler | Basically Bronwyn
Stephanie Hargis | This Lexington Life
Leela Foley | Lex Eats
Lisa Coe | Candor and Rose
Amanda Zopp | Salt & Life Blog
Special thanks to all the vendors who contributed to our special goodie bags: Shop Local KY, Miss Molly Vintage, AJ Apothecary, Shop Twenty, Morton James, Springhouse Gardens, Whole Foods Lexington, and Kentucky Yarnbirds. Our brunch was held at The Barn at Springhouse in Nicholasville, Kentucky. All photos taken by Kirstie Dunston Photography unless noted otherwise.
photos by Kirstie Dunston Photography
A few weekends ago, a group of Lexington bloggers gathered together for the most magical collaboration brunch ever at The Barn at Springhouse Gardens, right outside of Lexington. Every detail turned out perfect thanks to the unique talents of everyone involved who contributed to the day whether it be with decor, food, gift bags, or music. Each of us will be sharing different details of the brunch this week with our own recipes, DIY's, or guides to go along with them! I was in charge of styling and putting together a mimosa bar (more on that Wednesday) as well as a flower crown bar for the event.
Luckily I had a little experience with flower crown bars from a precious shower I had hosted, so I was happy to pull something similar together again. This time I used all fresh flowers (generously donated by the Lexington Whole Foods!) and I loved the finished product even more! This activity is super easy to prepare for, and is perfect for any size crowd and a variety of ages. With just a little bit of guidance, all your guests can sit back and get creative with their flower crowns and really make them unique!
Since I knew we would have a little over 20 people, I got several sets of all the necessary supplies for flower crown making. I grabbed all the scissors I could find at my house, as well as extra wire cutters while at the craft store. This helps the process to go smoothly and everyone can share supplies, but there's still enough that no one is sitting around waiting for too long. While I used the skinnier floral wire last time I prepared a flower crown station, this time I opted for the thicker grapevine wire and I thought it worked much better and created a sturdier base that was easier to work with.
When picking out your flowers- remember that smaller blooms are much easier to work with and generally look better in flower crowns. Filler florals like baby's breath and eucalyptus or greenery pieces are also perfect for create a base before adding blooms and bigger flowers. I've rounded up a full shopping list for you to use below with some links to the exact items I purchased from Hobby Lobby too!
As far as styling your flower crown bar, I like to use a mix of vintage containers, vases, and jars to organize the flowers and supplies. I opted for a bunch of brass planters mixed with mason jars and white vases for this boho themed brunch. I also created different heights for the containers by using pedestals underneath some for stacking. I separated all the flowers and trimmed the stems down so that they fit neatly into each container. Finally a sign is always cute for defining the area and giving guests a little direction to get started on their own! You can use a small chalkboard, sign, or letterboard for this (my pink letterboard is from Hobby Lobby- similar here but the pink is only available in stores for now).
When it's time to guide your guests through the flower crown making, I've listed some easy instructions to follow below along with some step-by-step photo guides. Encourage your guests to try on their flower crown throughout the process to check the fit and make sure they like the placement of the flowers. Remember nothing is permanent and it's easy to pull off or remove any additions you might not like! Wrapping the stems well and pulling the floral tape as tight as you can will ensure the most comfortable and secure finish. The longer you leave the stems, the more wrapping you will have to do, so I recommend trimming them down to just 2 or 3 inches.
1. Start by making a loop using floral wire or grapevine wire that is just a little larger than your head.
2. Choose your flowers and trim the stems so that they are only 2-3 inches long.
3. Secure each flower to your loop base by wrapping the stem tightly with floral tape.
4. Continue layering flowers on your loop until you have filled your crown (you can fill it all the way around or just in front).
5. Click on either tutorial or photo (above + below) for more photos and tips on assembling your flower crown!
I loved getting to see how unique everyone's flower crowns turned out and they were the perfect accessory for our group photos! This is such a fun activity to kick off any gathering you might be planning, whether it be a baby shower, birthday party, bridal shower, or summer party! It is so easy to pull together and even provides your guests with a custom party favor that they can take home with them! Stay tuned for the rest of my blogger brunch wrap-up, including more details on my DIY mimosa bar!