This past week, we welcomed a few of our friends in our home for an it’s-almost-spring brunch and tea party. What a lovely time we had! I’m always so refreshed after opening my doors and welcoming people inside. There’s a vulnerability, there’s an openness, there’s a level of intimacy. It really is an intimate thing, to sit down around your table together and commune. There is an element of sharing, a part of you that is offered to the people gathered around you. The passing, the opening, the lingering. It’s all so beautiful!
I wanted to make sure to keep our little gathering very kid friendly. So I had the girls help me with every element. They helped make the granola and bread dough the evening before. Then they helped me prepare the simple favors – little sachets of our favorite honey candy – by counting out the candies and then tying them with string. The morning of our gathering, they helped by laying the table and and putting the granola and donut toppings into beautiful little bowls.
As part of the brunch, I set up two do-it-yourself stations at the table: A yogurt and granola bar with a plethora of delicious toppings, and a decorate-your-own donut with dried edible flowers and pistachios. The girls and their guests were so eager to be involved with the brunch, and to be allowed to touch.
I love allowing [and training] children to handle and use beautiful, breakable things. If carefully taught, they can easily be using breakable dishes and cups and serving themselves from the DIY donut decorating bar from a relatively young age.
But I digress! Back to the brunch! I kept the menu very simple, and prepped what I could the night before. I served an asparagus, leek, and gruyere frittata, almond flour rhubarb muffins, the yogurt & granola bar (which included homemade granola, hemp hearts, raspberry jam, fresh berries, dried calendula flowers, honey, and dried cranberries), and freshly baked bread with jam & butter. At the last minute I decided to make a few waffles for the girls, which they loved (I used my favorite mom-hack: Kodiak Cakes pancake mix)!
And then of course, there was the decorate-your-own donut bar. I didn’t make the donuts – why even try when I can just pick up a dozen warm donuts from B Doughnut? We decorated our donuts with dried edible rose petals, jasmine flowers, and calendula flowers, and crushed pistachios. The donuts were my favorite part of the day; they came out so beautifully!
Here are more details on the table top (and inviting children to the table, and allowing them to play amongst beautiful things)!
Thanks to Jen Eun for capturing our day so beautifully.
If you’re invested in making your own DIY edible dried flower donut bar, here are some dried edible flowers:
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