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October is the perfect month for outdoor hosting. The weather is beautiful — not too hot and not too cold. Fall foliage creates the perfect backdrop. Plus, social distancing is much easier outside!
This year, I celebrated my 27th birthday. With the pandemic limiting our options, a beautifully styled outdoor brunch sounded perfect to me. We invited our closest friends to keep the party intimate. Plus it was an ideal opportunity to flex my event-planning muscles. After all, even small parties can be thoughtfully designed!
I reached out to Shawn and Melissa of Sweet and Savory Catering to create a delicious brunch menu. They prepared a yummy spread: crispy breakfast casserole, cheesy hashbrowns, sausage, bacon, and assorted mini desserts. My mouth is watering just remembering it!
I decorated the table with flowers from UrbanStems and “shopped” my own home for centerpiece decor. I selected a dark color scheme in order to create an elegant autumnal aesthetic: black dinnerware, spice-colored linens, and jewel-toned candles. The plate settings are some of my favorites; in fact, I hope to offer these gorgeous black plates for rent through my event design service Thoughtfully Designed Co.
One of my favorite elements was our champagne bar. I stocked it with orange, pineapple, mango, and cranberry juice along with lots of berry and pineapple garnish. Perfect for mixing up different brunch mimosas!
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It was the ideal October birthday party, surrounded by family and friends. Nothing replaces human connection — I was reminded of that truth this weekend and feel blessed to have so many wonderful people with whom to spend my special day!