Homemade Brunch!

I love to host friends and family for meals at my home! It gives me a chance to pretend I'm Ina Garten and stroll over to the Oxbow Market in my white button down shirt and select farm fresh veggies and over priced cheeses.  Brunch is my absolute favorite to serve. I love gathering bright flowers, serving a pretty mimosa and indulging on scones, cakes, muffins, bread (insert go-to carbs here). Below are a few tips on how to make your brunch shine!

1. Table Settings - pocket fold your napkins and add an herb: sprig of rosemary, thyme, lavender for an added bonus.

1. Table Settings - pocket fold your napkins and add an herb: sprig of rosemary, thyme, lavender for an added bonus.

2. Add friendly food - serving chocolate chip cookies makes everyone happy and who doesn't love avocado toast?! Kid pleaser too.

2. Add friendly food - serving chocolate chip cookies makes everyone happy and who doesn't love avocado toast?! Kid pleaser too.

3. Make something "wow" worthy - This easy lemon pound cake is the perfect brunch food. Toss some rosemary on top and put it on a pretty plate and bam...your friends will think you picked it up from the likes of Bouchon. My signature item tends to be homemade bread. Everyone ooh's and ahh's and says something to the effect of "come on...you had time to make bread!?" Guess what - it takes 4 ingredients and about 5 minutes plus baking time and is so delicious, you'll probably start making your own bread for almost every occasion. Check out the recipe at: http://www.simplysogood.com/2013/03/artisan-no-knead-bread.html

3. Make something "wow" worthy - This easy lemon pound cake is the perfect brunch food. Toss some rosemary on top and put it on a pretty plate and bam...your friends will think you picked it up from the likes of Bouchon. My signature item tends to be homemade bread. Everyone ooh's and ahh's and says something to the effect of "come on...you had time to make bread!?" Guess what - it takes 4 ingredients and about 5 minutes plus baking time and is so delicious, you'll probably start making your own bread for almost every occasion. Check out the recipe at: http://www.simplysogood.com/2013/03/artisan-no-knead-bread.html

The Obsession Started Young

I guess I'll start at the beginning. Yep...that's me as a little bride all dressed up on Halloween. The obsession with weddings started young. It seemed as though I came up with something and wouldn't let it go, just like how I asked Santa practically ever year for a baby (took a while for that one, hi June).  

Father of the bride came out in 1991, I started my subscription to Martha Stewart Weddings and flash forward I'm in college studying event planning under hospitality darling, Kendi Root. Four restaurants, three hotels, two golf courses and a candy company later, I'm finally in Napa, the mecca of weddings in my opinion. 

For those that know me personally know that beyond events, I have a passion for food, family, home design, and wine, plus a million more things but I think those would probably be what I obsess on most. So in addition to blogging about event trends and bridal tips, this wouldn't be an "Anne" blog without recipes, restaurant recommendations, baby notes and pictures of pretty kitchens. Basically: a smorgasbord of happy!

Cheers, Anne

The obsession started young!