Iowa Friendship Brunch

I’m finally getting around to sharing the pictures of the friendship brunch I mentioned in my last post.  To recap; my client Betty’s friend Susan passed away unexpectedly this past summer.  Her birthday was in November so Betty wanted to bring together a group of Susan’s closest friends to celebrate her memory.  The three requirements for the brunch were:

1)  Use the color yellow and incorporate yellow roses

2)  Make the decor fit in with the Christmas decor already in the house

3)  Add a bit of sparkle

I shared the inspiration board in my last post and here are pictures from the actual event!

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Friendshipbrunch4We were able to use my client’s heirloom china for the event which I was thrilled about;  it added such a special touch.  The silver and white china coordinated with the overall color scheme and looked very classic.

friendshipbrunch2As a placeholder I took the picture of the rose from Susan’s funeral and printed a copy for each guest with their name on it.  After the brunch, each lady was able to take her frame home as a reminder of her dear friend.

friendshipbrunch3Fresh garland and ornaments added the hint of Christmas we needed to tie the table in with the rest of the house which had just been decorated for the holidays.

It was a pleasure working with Betty and I had the added delight of meeting all the ladies who attended the brunch when Betty invited me to join them just before the brunch ended.  I can see why Susan had them all as friends, they were such a lively and fun group!

Inspiration board: An Iowa friendship brunch

Today I’m sharing the inspiration board for a friendship brunch I recently had the honor of helping plan.

My client Betty came to me asking for help planning a brunch she was having to celebrate her friend Susan.  Susan was a dear friend of Betty’s who passed away unexpectedly this past summer.  Her birthday was in November so Betty wanted to bring together a group of Susan’s closest friends to celebrate her memory.

The inspiration for the brunch came from a picture of a beautiful yellow rose taken from Susan’s casket at her funeral.  Betty’s daughter-in-law took a picture of the rose she’d been given and kept in her refrigerator for over a month after the funeral.

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Betty decorated for Christmas the week before the brunch so we thought a Christmas feel for the event was more appropriate. Yellow is not a typical Christmas color but since it was such an important part of the event, it had to be included.  So the requirements were:

1)  Use the color yellow and incorporate yellow roses

2)  Make the decor fit in with the Christmas decor already in the house

3)  Add a bit of sparkle

Here is the inspiration board I created for the event:

Friendship-brunchI went with a yellow and grey color scheme and I was oh so excited!  This is my favorite type of event to plan, one that has meaning and an obvious attention to detail.

Join me later this week when I share pictures of the finished event.

P.S.  How fun is the idea of a friendship brunch!  What a special event to share with your friends.  I might just have to use this idea in the near future to get a group of my favorite ladies together.