Hey there! I hope you have been having a great week. 🙂 I am excited for the weekend — I think I’m going to pull out some Valentine’s Day decorations. It feels like a good time to do that — I feel ready!
A couple of Sundays ago, we had Grey’s family over for a simple brunch and we had such a great time. Our house is pretty small, so the first challenge was to figure out a way that we could all be in the same room, sitting down, enjoying the food — I wanted everyone to have a place to sit and set their plate and coffee cups down. Enter…the card table!
We have a rectangular card table that I bought around Christmastime that helped us so much with our winter baking and also the dinner party we had with my parents. I knew that this space would work so much better if we had a square card table, though, so I bought another one. If there’s one thing I learned from my sweet Gramma it’s that these tables will always come in handy!
Our cozy chair usually sits in this spot but I simply switched around the room for this to work for us. The card table is essentially where our Christmas tree was this past year. 🙂 I love to dress tables up with scrap yards of fabric and I did that with this table, too. I laid the fabric over the top and tied the ends with twine to keep them tucked.
Kraft paper makes the best runner. 🙂 Especially when you want to be able to draw! I knew people would have fun with this, and they did! Funny story about these flowers, though — I bought them at Trader Joe’s and thought they were so cute, but I didn’t smell them before I purchased them. When I was setting up the tables later that day, I realized that they smelled so bad — like feet! I had to use them sparingly, lol. This is a cute little tea set that my Grammie gave to me for Christmas and I put the flowers inside with a little bit of water.
The lazy Susan is something I found at HomeGoods, and I’m so excited that I did! I am already dreaming up other ways that I can use this.
I set up the coffee and mimosa station in our living room on our buffet for convenience. I love to layer, layer, layer, and cake stands are always good for that!
The food buffet was set up on our kitchen table and I kept the brunch super simple — these quick cinnamon rolls, this egg casserole, and my sis-in-law and her family brought a yummy fruit salad. My in-laws brought the ingredients for the mimosas. 😉
Kraft paper made it so easy to label the different foods and kept things super casual. I love that this table looked really elegant but also very simple.
For this table, I layered the kraft paper with a bunching of some more scrap fabric that I have. I found some pretty greens at Trader Joes and spread those in the middle of the table (kind of like I did with the eucalyptus leaves here), and then I weaved in some tinkle lights. Because I think everything is better with twinkle lights. 🙂
Use what you have when you host gatherings in your home. I don’t have a lot of things that match, I just improvise with what I do have. I think the mismatched makes things look more casual and more fun. When you are dealing with a tight space, try to think of easy ways that you can add seating in the room — garden stools, ottomans, cozy floor pillows. These are all 100% acceptable in my book. The point is to gather together and make memories!
Have a great weekend! I took some photos of our master bedroom progress (finally!) and will be sharing those with you next week!