A Happy & Modern Housewarming Brunch

Are you CEREAL with how cute & creative this Housewarming Brunch is?! That’s what I thought when I first saw the pics of this oh-so-modern brunch by my {creative-genius} pal Amy of Operation Shower. The other first impression brought about by these bright, warm colors? HAPPY! And that’s exactly how you should feel when you first move into a new place, right? (Or at least when you’re through a decent chunk of those boxes!)

Some of my favorite details are the play-on-words elements like “Make a Toast” mimosa drink charms, the “donut be a stranger” party favors, and the “Are you cereal?sign above the cereal bar. You could easily tailor these ides to another occasion as well… Mother’s Day, baby shower brunch, bridal shower brunch, or even a just-for-fun breakfast party.

 A Happy & Modern Housewarming Brunch

Read on for lots more egg-citing pics & all the delicious creative details

 A Happy & Modern Housewarming Brunch

 A Happy & Modern Housewarming Brunch

 A Happy & Modern Housewarming Brunch

 A Happy & Modern Housewarming Brunch

 A Happy & Modern Housewarming Brunch

 A Happy & Modern Housewarming Brunch

 A Happy & Modern Housewarming Brunch

 A Happy & Modern Housewarming Brunch

 A Happy & Modern Housewarming Brunch

 A Happy & Modern Housewarming Brunch

 A Happy & Modern Housewarming Brunch

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Amy

“Anyone who has bought a home knows what a roller coaster of highs and lows it can be before you sign the papers for ‘the one’.  While my best friend moved into her dream home months ago, I was just now able to get away to visit, see it in person, and, of course, throw a Housewarming Party!

We opted for a brunch because A) brunch is good and B) mimosas are also good. I toyed with a few ideas from shabby chic to crafty chic, but once I played around and created the egg you see repeated here, it was done. The egg would be the recurring theme for a simple and modern brunch in an orange and yellow color palette.

We decided to keep everything really fun and tongue in cheek for this with the egg, toast, house shapes and silly little play on words in the decor. And, of course, like most real-life parties, we ran out of time to do everything I had in my head and there are things that I would go back and tweak or remember to take pictures of that got missed! Egg on my face for those!

Here are some of the highlights:

Cereal Bar:
The cereal bar featured assorted cereals in glass containers set on a kid’s height table. The backdrop was created with plastic spoons hot-glued onto thumbtacks  and stuck in the existing corkboard. You could easily do this anywhere though with some cork. Just think of all the things you could hot glue onto thumbtacks! Does the “are you cereal?” sign date us or has anyone else out there ever heard that?

Mimosa Bar:
Mimosas make a brunch, if you ask me! We used this area for another little play on words and made a “toast” area with champagne, juices and fresh berries.

Main Buffet:
Take the easy way out and buy premade. No shame if you dress it up! We all know that anything is cuter on a stick, and mini muffins are no exception. The buffet was dressed up with some fabulous Waverly fabric for a runner, white plastic eggs, and the ever popular IKEA white frames. The ‘art’ was simply created from different sizes of patterned egg paper I created. Paper was cut to various sizes, mounted to strips of foamcore to give it some dimension and hung on the wall with removable wall mount. This was a total improvisation when my first idea didn’t turn out how I thought it would, so don’t be afraid to wing it. You never know what might work out!

Waffle and Frittata Station:
Square One Sidewalk Cafe
provided delicious sun-dried tomato and feta or spinach and artichoke frittatas and made to order waffles at the chef’s station. Freshly made regular or banana blueberry waffles with an assorted topping bar….such a fun splurge! Not to mention, Lindsay from Square One went way above and beyond in providing so many great rentals, served mimosas and was key to everything getting done just in the nick of time. I can’t recommend this husband and wife duo highly enough if you live in the Dallas/Flower Mound area!

Table Centerpiece:
The main table in the dining room was pulled together using the large orange lantern my friend had recently bought. I filled it with the white plastic eggs and then raided her kitchen for a few other gadgets to play on the brunch theme. It’s so true, look around your house and use what you have. Patterned paper popping out like toast, adorable creamers used as vases and cork cut out in the shape of toast were all it took to complete this look.  We also the little floral creamers, vases of flowers as well the toast-shaped coaster (or ‘toasters’ as it were) around the different rooms for guests to enjoy during the party.

Favors:
Just in case someone left hungry, favors were powdered donuts in orange acrylic boxes from The Container Store. The tags read: ‘Thanks for coming…donut be a stranger.’  Word has it these were a real hit with some of the kids the next morning!

Cute welcome signs in a pattern I created to match the fabric table runners were placed in pots on the front walk. Those pictures were a casualty of too little time though.  I hope you all felt welcomed into this little peek of this Housewarming Brunch anyway. Cheers! ”

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VENDOR CREDITS:
– Event Styling: Amy Belle Isle of Operation Shower & Stem Parties
– Venue: Square One Sidewalk Cafe

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22Comments

1
Sweet Pea Event SAYS:

Wow! I’ve never seen a stationary suite on such a grand scale! I love all the modern patterns!

http://www.sweetpeaevent.com

Reply July 25, 2011 at 10:12 am

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Christina SAYS:

I am LOVING this brunch idea! It is SOOOOO cute!

Reply July 25, 2011 at 10:35 am

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HiLLjO SAYS:

Who would not wake up stepping into a brunch with this color scheme! Bright and poppin’!!! Love all the ‘bars’ like the waffles, cereal, etc… too fun!

Reply July 25, 2011 at 10:50 am

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Libby James SAYS:

WOW – awesome idea!

Reply July 25, 2011 at 11:55 am

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Nicole | Wholesale Roses Co SAYS:

Loved the idea!! the color palette was just perfect!! DONUT be a stranger awwww. XOX Nikki

Reply July 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

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Kates SAYS:

I want a friend like Amy! What an amazing party! I simply adore the quirky egg motif. Great work!

Reply July 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

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Mindy SAYS:

love the kiddie cereals (in fact, I had some Lucky Charms for breakfast this morning), the giveaways and the muffin pops! haha

Reply July 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm

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Jackie Culmer Photography and Design SAYS:

Awesome styling and use of the graphic design! I love the die cut toast invitation!!!

Reply July 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm

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Kathy SAYS:

I’m not really a morning person, I guess that makes me Cereal! I would get out of bed for this brunch though! thanks, K

Reply July 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm

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Party Girl SAYS:

This has got to be one of the most fabulous themes I’ve ever seen…the pun on words, colors and food presentation is sensational!

Reply July 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

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Jamee Bryant SAYS:

LOVE LOVE LOVE AMY and everything she does! This is Grrrreat!!

Reply July 26, 2011 at 12:02 am

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Pat | Wedding Favors SAYS:

I like the color combination. It is very warm and elicits fun and cheerfulness. :)

Reply July 26, 2011 at 12:29 am

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Suzy SAYS:

I literally laughed out loud at the sign “Are you Cereal?” Toastally!

How did you get the toast cut-outs so perfectly shaped?

Reply July 26, 2011 at 7:23 am

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bridal girl SAYS:

This is totally wicked!!! I love it! Totally want this for my party! So simple, you do not even have to spend a lot for this, but this is something most guests won’t forget! Thanks for sharing.

Reply July 26, 2011 at 9:36 am

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Chris @ Celebrations At Home SAYS:

Oh, how I’ve missed seeing “real” parties from Amy, as Operation Shower keeps her very busy. This reminds me why I fell in love with her style (and her) in the first place! xoxo

Reply July 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm

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