All it takes is a little sunshine, and we’re ready to throw a spring fling, right? Here are the deets on a light little brunch with a swoon-worthy citrus explosion! Go ahead and invite your gal pals for an easy and eye-popping get-together.
Make a Mimosa & Blooms Bar
Sunny spring color and flavor are bursting from this aromatic bar of goodness. It’s a mini flower market if you will, with the flower colors mimicking the citrusy hues. Here, citrus is potted, sliced, and most importantly, juiced, for mouthwatering mimosas.
This mimosa bar boasts a trio of gorgeous juices, from pink grapefruit to heirloom and blood oranges. With carafes of juice and bottles of bubbly on hand, your guests can customize their mimosas. Garnish with a slice of citrus and a stem of fresh herbs. Also, offer a non-alcoholic choice with sparkling grapefruit juice in colorful glasses.
Flower Tube Place Cards
Tip: weight the place card on the other side with jellybeans in glassine bags to prevent tipping.
Color-Packed Fresh Edible Centerpiece
Start with a lovely lucite tray and glass containers and search your local market for the freshest spring veggies. A carved-out cabbage is great to hold dressing!
Make a DIY egg basket from card stock paper and ribbon. Get the kids to help.
- Start with an 8½-inch by 8.5-inch piece of card stock.
- Cut a 2-inch by 2-inch square out of each corner.
- Punch two holes in each of the four sides ½-inch from ends.
- Fold and tie.
- Add fun embellishments.
Tip: Take deviled eggs to a gourmet level with truffle salt and fresh herbs.
Hard-boiled eggs dipped in all-natural and organic veggie dyes are pretty — and easy. Simmered yellow onion skins also will produce a lovely orange result.
- Simmer quartered red and golden beets separately (keep the peels on) in four cups of water for 15 minutes.
- Cool and add a tablespoon of vinegar to set the dye.
- Cover hard-boiled eggs in the dye mixture overnight.
Mini Posey Perfection
Invite your gal pals to create hand-tied mini bouquets from the blooms bar! Offer a fun assortment of flowers and ribbon. Repurposed French jam jars make great vases. And the place setting bouquets double as a pretty guest takeaway!
Chilled Strawberry and Basil Soup
Try this fruity and savory soup that requires no cooking, and serve chilled, in small bowls or shot glasses!
- 4 cups sliced strawberries
- 1½ cups peeled English cucumbers
- 2 diced shallots
- 4 torn basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup good olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice and zest of half an orange
- 3 tablespoons brandy
- Salt and pepper to taste
Add ingredients into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. The flavors will come together. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for about two hours. Puree ingredients in a food processor. Top with fresh basil leaves and serve cold. Yield: 8 to 10, 4-ounce servings.