For Kelly’s birthday month, we decided a classic birthday party was the perfect way to kick off our Any Excuse to Party collaboration. Now that it’s September and my birthday month, I knew immediately what I wanted to do. Throw a mini brunch party! Where yes…it is just as it sounds…everything is mini! We’ve got mini floral arrangements, mini churros, and more.
I love miniature versions of real things. It’s weird, but who cares. I think they’re just so darn adorable! So, when Kelly and I got to planning our very own mini brunch party – I went a little crazy. I couldn’t stop thinking of new mini ideas! However, we narrowed it down here to make it a very doable party in case you decide to throw one as well! Here’s what we came up with:
by Kelly: Just like with the florals, let your menu be your muse! We loved how putting our mini foods on display was really all the decor we needed. Use cake stands and other trays at varying heights, colors, and textures to create visual interest, and scatter some florals in between (because you can never, ever have too many flowers!) for pops of color. I took inspiration from Gabi’s sea salt shot glasses for the color palette, using soft pinks and neutral blues (speaking of, I’m in love with these chambray napkins from Kitchen + Kraft!) to soften the bright colors of the flowers and to make our menu items the star of the show.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to bread mini chicken pieces and fry it up for this Any Excuse to Party. Not at all. We made this one as easy as can be. The food’s (almost) all frozen! Trader Joe’s is a godsend, if you live near one, that’s where we picked up some of the most important pieces of this mini brunch party – the mini churros, the fresh ingredients for the quiche, and the mini breaded chicken. Can you say yum?
Mini chicken & waffles
Glazed orange scones
These mini bouquets are the cutest darn things! They’re the DIY project, but also can be used for decor and as a little take-home surprise for your guests. Grab the full DIY project instructions on Kelly’s site!
Instead of making a simple shot for our mini brunch party, we actually made a cocktail to be split among my adorable himalayan salt glasses from UncommonGoods. It’s got a smoky feel thanks to that mezcal, but we went light on the liquor since it was quite early when we were enjoying these. These Strawberry Mezcal Shots taste sweet and fresh, thanks to my favorite ingredient – mint, and then have that surprise little smoky kick. A perfect combo in my opinion for a tasty brunch cocktail!
What you’ll need:
by Kelly: When I think brunch, I think bright pops of color that complement the food – warm colors like orange and yellow (fresh OJ, anyone?). In this case, we used our menu as our muse and went for some Zinnias in our favorite brunch-inspired hues. Brunch set up should be quick and easy, so use vessels you already have around your home. We used milk bottles and a himalayan-sea-salt-candle-holder-turned-vase to match Gabi’s gorgeous sea salt shot glasses! For an extra special surprise for you guests, incorporate personal mini bouquets at each place setting. Check out our DIY to find out how to make your own!
There you have it – a full blown, mini brunch party! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. I mean really, the food and mini floral bouquets – does it get any better? Now it’s your turn, what events do you have coming up this season? What excuse to party would YOU like to see on By Gabriella?