Go with a simple and familiar concept (for my crowd, that's brunch). Set a whimsical table - found this snowman when I cleaned Connor's room the other day. He is snow globe-ish - shake him, and glitter sloshes around - but he also has a fiber-optic thing going for him. Anyway, he spoke to me, particularly given my choice of (retro) tablecloth. It isn't vintage, but it's a very good copy. I don't think my mother likes it. She's not a big fan of 1950's kitsch - probably since she was surrounded by it during the actual 1950's. It has a novelty for me; her, not so much.
But my friends like my vintage and retro stuff just fine. I think. So I pull it out when they come over.
Napkins and way cool napkin rings were a Christmas gift from my friend Janna. She gave them to me on a Friday, I used them on Sunday. Perfect timing, Janna! And perfect napkins for a mostly Mexican brunch. (I served a tamale casserole, and a ham and cheese thing with green chiles, and homemade cranberry salsa.)
Close-up of funky Frosty.
It occured to me the other day that I have a lot of Mary Engelbreit stuff, so I created a little tableau for the kitchen table (from where food was served, buffet-style). Continuing the retro theme, I guess. The stack of books on the dining table which served as a pedestal for my centerpiece were similarly themed - ME Christmas books and a "best of Dick and Jane" tome that belongs to the kids. That's the cranberry salsa peeking around the corner at the bottom left. Good stuff. I will share the recipe in a post to follow.
Like any good hostess, I arranged for entertainment. A little ambient music - live, particularly - is a must for a successful Christmas get-together. Greenleigh treated us to MULTIPLE renditions of "Smoke on the Water," "Born to be Wild" and "Mississippi Queen" - you know, your holiday classics.
As you can see, footwear is optional at our house.
Another relaxed and fun frimily brunch to end our (first?) year of themed brunching . . . .