I recently had a few friends over for a special lunch. Of course I always like to add some pretty details when I’m hosting a party, even if the “party” is only 4 friends.
For this lunch, I went with a menu and decorations that could easily work for many different occasions… a baby shower, wedding shower, birthday, graduation, or most any gathering of friends. You’ll also notice that I used the same general display techniques that I use for my dessert tables, but with “real” food.
When planning the lunch I chose a pretty color scheme of various blues and white (my favorite colors). I made a fun polka-dot paper garland (tutorial coming soon) as a cute, yet simple way to set off the food table.
I almost always like to include fresh flowers on my tables. I love flowers so much and I think they add great color, texture and life to any display. For this table I chose all white flowers (daisy mums, gerbera daisies and button asters). My favorite places to pick up fresh, yet inexpensive flowers is Trader Joe’s or Costco. Certainly, if you want something very specific and don’t want to drive around to more that one store to find things, placing an order with a florist would be a sure bet.
Chicken Salad Sandwiches on croissants
Fresh fruit in small bowls
Caprese salad (fresh mozzarella and tomato slices with fresh chopped basil, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, dress with salt and pepper)
Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (here’s my post on How to Frost Cupcakes)
Summer is the perfect time to make a fresh and delicious Caprese salad (ingredients listed in menu above).
I like to serve fruit salad in individual bowl as a way to make it easy to grab, and a little extra special.
I often use this same menu for baby showers, birthday’s or any moderate sized home party. It’s simple, yet beautiful and delicious.
Is there a certain dish or menu you almost always turn to when hosting a party?
Blue single cupcake stand (with dome) – Rosanna
Mini bowls (holding fruit) – Anthropologie
White and blue cake stands (holding cupcakes and sandwiches) – Target (Christmas 2012)
Blue cupcake liners – Confectionery House
Blue vases/jars – Hobby Lobby (vases) and (jars) Ebay (similar available from Shop Sweet Lulu).
Flowers (from Trader Joes) gerbera daisies, daisy mums, button asters.
Marilyn Thom[pson says
Where did you ever find those bottles? They are delightful. Are there any chain stores that might have them? I’m in Chicago and would love to get my hands on them ASAP.
Absolutely beautiful! I love your blog!
anna @ annamayeveryday says
Lovely! What a perfect colour combination and it all looks delicious!
shelly (cookies and cups) says
So so pretty!
Everything is so lovely and this post goes perfectly with your blog header/design 🙂
Blue and white is and always has been a classic color combination. I especially love the way you have used different shades of blue…the deep blue cupcake holders and the lighter blue fruit cups.
Linda@Tumbleweed Contessa says
OMG! This is so pretty. What wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing.
I’d love it if you shared this at What’d You Do This Weekend? http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/whatd-you-do-this-weekend-20/
Wishes for tasty dishes,
WOW, I wish I was one of those lucky 4 friends of yours Glory!! I LOVE every detail of the party & I so want to taste your chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting . . .YUMMY
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says
What a cute idea! I love the polka dot garland in the background! Thanks for posting where you got your supplies too!
So pretty! I only wish that I could have been there to enjoy such a nice party and because I love to eat your chicken salad! I hope everyone had a good time and appreciated your lovely lunch. Love you!