Parties and Inspiration

  • Start with a neutral white tablecloth and add natural springtime colors like bright yellow, light green and brown in the accents.

  • This twist-shaped, white bowl has an amazing style and provides a modern, yet classic aesthetic. For this organic brunch, I filled it with ripe apples and bosc pears.

  • This table runner was purchased by the host of this party at a boutique store in her hometown in Indiana. The colors go perfectly with the rest of the decor and the pattern lends visual interest without being too busy.

  • The plain white plates really pop when placed on these dark brown, rattan chargers. Add a spring-green napkin to bring out the colors in the table runner and centerpiece. For place cards, use natural twine from Michael's to tie the napkin up like a present and attach mini, unbleached gift tags with each guest's name written on them in soy-based ink.

  • Brunch is a great time to make mimosas. I serve these champagne-and-orange juice cocktails in my Crate and Barrel champagne glasses because they provide great quality without breaking the budget. Continue the organic look by stringing natural twine through the cake plate to coordinate with the napkins.

  • To save time, purchase store-bought brownies, dust them with powdered sugar and stack them in this cloche for a beautiful presentation. It will look like you spent a lot of time preparing them and you can spend the time saved on other party details.

  • Veuve Clicquot is a favorite stand-by, non-vintage champagne. The quality is always good and it won't blow your budget, but has the cache to make a special occasion even more special. Use Veuve and freshly squeezed organic orange juice to make mimosas.

  • There is nothing better than a buttery, flaky, warm croissant right out of the oven. To make ever more perfect, add some homemade strawberry jam. These delicious croissants were purchased from Trader Joe's and popped in a 275-degree oven for 10 minutes to warm them up.

Organic Brunch

This time of year all of your garden goodies are not readily available. Throw an organic brunch filled with fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. Using food displayed on the table as a centerpiece breaks down the barrier of formality and creates a relaxed environment in which people can interact and feel comfortable. This fruit bowl makes an elegant centerpiece for an all-organic brunch. The mellow green color of the apples and the suede brown of the bosc pears coordinate perfectly with the yellow flowers and rustic theme.

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