What better way to celebrate spring’s arrival than with a simple yet vibrant brunch celebration? Forget soft, muted pastels. This year, give the season a shot in the arm with punches of vibrant cyan, magenta, and yellow. Bright white and touches of unfinished wood make this DIY-filled fête a fresh alternative for Mother’s Day or a fabulous girls-only brunch.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a whiz in the kitchen to whip up these sweet treats. Store-bought donuts and pizelles make delish side dishes for pancakes, macarons, and a simple cake. Jazz up the tablescape with a variety of easy DIYs, like these Balsa Flower Stirrers and Napkin Rings, Color Blocked Chargers, and Dot Multi-Strand Garland.
As the founders of Confetti Pop and The Style Lab, Maddy and I get a lot of questions about how to style great photos and pretty parties. We figured we’d share a few tips to help you in your celebratory decorating endeavors. So, fill your glass with a signature grapefruit cocktail, and let’s hear it for spring. Cheers!
1. Choose a palette with three to five colors.
This will ensure that you can mix things up a bit. If your party has too small a palette, you’ll be stuck scouring stores and online shops for a bunch of party decor and details in one color. Try finding magenta vellum—we dare you. With a larger palette of three to five colors, you’ll have more flexibility and an easier time styling a cohesive party. Incorporate hard-to-find colors in easier-to-find accents, like napkins, ribbons, or painted DIY’s.
2. Don’t try to be matchy-matchy.
For our Spring brunch, we paired pink stirrers with the yellow napkin rings. This will make the tablescape more visually interesting than if each place setting matched.
3. Create moments of “wow.”
This is our most important tip and one that will likely save you a lot of stress. You don’t need a fabulous loft with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and East-facing windows to create a pretty party. Even if your home isn’t chock full of great architectural details, you can create visually delightful vignettes. Start with the table setting. A small vase of gorgeous flowers, like these from Emily of Prairie Fair, has more impact than a huge bunch of so-so flowers, and you won’t bust your budget. Create another “wow” moment at the drink table. We DIY’d Balsa Wood Flower Stirrers to add flair to cocktails. Dress up a basic builder-grade chandelier by draping a festive garland like our Dot Multi-Strand one from the arms. Your guests will notice these small but impactful areas that coordinate with your party and palette, and ignore that nail polish stain on the carpet.
4. Invest in white china.
You can instantly change the look of your all-white dishes by lining them with colored or patterned papers. As a dessert table designer and Confetti Pop’s resident food stylist, Shauna reinvents inexpensive plates, cake stands, and trays with scrapbook paper and gift wrap. Maddy likes to give dishes a new look by setting them on chargers and different surfaces that fit the occasion. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, DIY it for a great, personal touch.
5. Stock a customized bar.
A few months ago, we threw a girls-only, cake themed bash. Rather than trying to serve a full bar, which would be expensive, we offered two cake flavored vodkas that guests could mix with Sprite or Coke. We also offered milk and water, because let’s face it, you something to wash down all the cakes we served. This way, no one questions your limited drink options. Instead, they marvel, “I didn’t know they made cake flavored vodka!”