A Casual, French Inspired Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch
Let me begin by saying, thank you! I am so appreciative that you have stopped by to check out my French inspired champagne brunch ideas! I also want to give a special thank you to Sandra of the Charmed Crown Blog and Taylor of Uniquely Taylor Made for hosting this Hop and allowing me to be a part of it! Scroll all the way through to see the list of other amazing bloggers on the Hop. But, don’t stop there! Make sure to also click each one, because you will not want to miss their brunch ideas!
Thankfully, my current obsession with all things French saved the day. The most important take away from my love affair with the French culture? Simplicity is key. Not necessarily simplicity in styling, but the relaxed simplicity of using what you already have and creating a rustic, warm space. Mismatched dishes, vintage vases, worn-in table linens. Candles. No need to buy anything new. No need to be matchy or fussy. Just mix what you have and watch your space transform into a welcoming space oozing with elevated comfort.
My French Inspired Table
Once I decided on a French inspired theme, I immediately had a vision of large lilacs streaming from the tops of vases. Lilacs, however, are hard to find and expensive (at least here in Florida). So, I stuck with the color inspiration, but opted for something a lot cheaper and easier to come by. Lavender Stock or Gillyflower. I purchased these sprays from a local wholesaler, though you can typically also find them at places like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Many people don’t realize that wholesalers will sell to the public. You will not get a true wholesale price, but they will sell you stems at a discount that makes them far cheaper than visiting your local florist. So, the next time you are making your own flower arrangement, ignore that sign on the door about a Tax ID and buy from your local wholesale florist! Your wallet will thank you!
Effortless Comfort Food
When taking on a French theme, make the food as effortless and cozy as the styling.
The thing about French entertaining is that even the host makes sure to be a part of the dining. Why be in the kitchen still prepping when you can be at the table enjoying your company and the Champagne?! The main dishes I chose for this brunch were a mushroom, spinach, and cheese quiche and overnight French toast. Add some bread, cheeses, fruit, and yogurt and voila, you have a simple, but hearty brunch spread.
Have you baked a quiche before? Can I tell you how easy it is?! I mean, seriously. Do not let these pictures fool you! I am no cook. But, quiche? So easy, even this girl can handle it!
Mushroom & Spinach Quiche
6 large eggs
1 cup of heavy cream
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
1 cup of shredded extra sharp white Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of shredded Gruyere cheese
1 cup of bella mushrooms, sliced
1 cup of chopped spinach
1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
Once you have the theme and general layout of your table scape, think about what serving dishes you’ll use. Lay the dishes out ahead of time to ensure you have enough space, and to prevent scrambling at the last minute for something to house one of your planned foods. Adding height by featuring dishes on cake plates is a great way to add dimension and character to your table scape. For special occasions, like Mother’s Day, adding a little something to highlight the purpose of the event is also a wonderful idea. I chose to arrange black and white photos of my Mom and Mother-in-Law with our boys on the table. This simple gesture is a fantastic (but cost-effective and easy) way to pay tribute to your guests of honor.
Be sure to check out the other amazingly talented ladies on this Blog Hop. They have some of the most inspiring homes on Instagram, so you won’t want to miss what they have put together!
Finally, a very special thank you to Robert Rivera of Robert J. Photography for taking the gorgeous photos of my Mother’s Day table. You can find Robert and follow along with his awesome work on Instagram at @rjrjrphoto.