Coffee + Donuts = Brunch; Part Two

Update on the brunch dilemma: I just booked the pavillion shown above for our Sunday brunch! As much I liked the old-school feel of having our brunch at an old-fashioned Krispy Kreme, it just wouldn’t offer the intimacy that the rest of the weekend will have.

A close-up of our pavillion … It comes with about 5 picnic tables … which leaves me the task of gathering food and decorating.

Here’s what I’m thinking:

Keep it simple and classic with red-and-white checkered table clothes for a picnic-y vibe. Use Mason jars filled with sand and tea-lights on the tables. Have several big galvanized buckets filled with ice and bottles of various drinks (iced coffees and juices). And finally, pick up some fresh doughnuts and fruit salad Sunday morning. While I was at the grocery this afternoon, I noticed candy apples … definitely appropriate and fun for the season but a brunch food? What do you think?

Our pavillion is the last on the pier so it’s a bit of a walk (but a beautiful one!) so I was thinking about having some signs to lead guests along the pier. If I have the time, I’ll try to create some with calligraphy and use satin ribbon to hang along the walkway. Has anyone seen any examples of fun signage?

Suggestions on decor and/or food + drink?


  1. September 23, 2008 / 9:53 PM

    While I wouldn’t call candy apples brunch food, it’s your weekend, so why not? 🙂 I love that you’ll still be able to have your Krispy Kremes!!

  2. September 23, 2008 / 11:48 PM

    sounds lovely. we had a clambake wedding (you can read about it on Weddingbee…I’m Mrs Corn). I used sand for a lot of my DIY projects like our ornament favors, the pseudo-terrarium centerpieces, the tea-lights, the guest-book-wish-tree display, etc. One tip I have is to forgo craft sand (which can be around $4.00 for a small bag) and go to your local Home Depot and pick up a bag of concrete sand. It’s about $4.00 for a 40 lb bag!! Bonus: it also looks more like ‘real’ sand than craft sand 😉

  3. September 24, 2008 / 1:25 AM

    I like the tea lights in the jars idea, you probably want to consider the wind off the water in your decorations.

    With the signs, what if you tried to pen a 5 line poem, like the old Burma Shave signs? You could make a lemrick (I know I spelled that wrong!), with a line on each sign, spaced down the pier! Then the last sign could be something cute about you & the hubby’s brunch!

  4. September 24, 2008 / 1:43 PM

    I LOVE this idea. I think if you’re going to do doughnuts and fruit, you should also do bagels and different flavors of cream cheese. Some people don’t like just sweets for brunch.
    this is going to be gorgeous!

  5. September 24, 2008 / 4:45 PM

    This place looks PERFECT!!!
    I agree with having some savory things, I cannot do sweets in the morning, especially if I have been drinking the night before. Maybe get a couple (depending on how many people you have) of quiches that you can just slice up. All stuff you can just pack up (or have someone else do!) ahead of time. Maybe you want to get some Oranginas? They would look great in the buckets and I just think there is something novel about them. The red and white picnic table cloths are perfect! So I have to ask, are you tasking someone to get this all together for you or are you planning on running around when you wake up from your wedding night and getting this together! Definitely Delegate!!!

  6. September 24, 2008 / 7:29 PM

    I think that place will be so cute for a brunch. One of my bridesmaids is hosting our brunch and it is “garden themed”. We’re having croquet sets if weather permits. Maybe have a couple cute little garden games if you have the grass space. I think they are cute picture and decorating opportunities for picnic type things.

    p.s. I tagged you on my blog:)

  7. September 24, 2008 / 8:39 PM

    Oooh, I like the limerick/5-line poem idea!! That would be super cute!

    I really like the pavillion – and I think you’re on the right track as far as decorating and all that go. And I would totally go for the candy apples!!!! You could wrap them up in some decorative cellophane and use them as decorations/favors.

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