Hello sweet friends! Today I partnered with MacKenzie-Childs for a Mother’s Day Dessert Brunch “How To”! They provided me with some of their beautiful products and I wanted to share tips for making this sweet and special day all ready for the lovely ladies in your life. Everything from kitchen prep, delicious desserts and a beautiful (easy to set) table…

I typically show what our table looks like all dressed up for meals, but today I wanted to do something a little different and share how you can make a table ready for dessert. I envisioned this as something that moms would take joy in with all the baking, the good conversations while sipping on coffee (or tea) and the pretty atmosphere.

So here we go!

Whenever I prepare for any occasion at our home I like to shop my favorite goods which of course includes flowers. I especially enjoy carrying them around in my Market Bags or a tote. It may seem a bit silly but it makes the experience of shopping and hosting more special to me. I love the ambience it creates in my kitchen too, in my wildest imagination I am cooking up delightful meals countryside in a French Villa – ha! Grown ups can imagine too can’t they?!

(Courtyard Tote seen here)

This time I was able to fill my tote with a few branches of lilac (one of my most loved flowers). I did as I usually do and supplement with some faux as I believe guests could really care less. What’s pretty is pretty in my book!

Next, I wash up whatever fresh fruits I can find. I like to coordinate colors of fruit and find that it gives the table a cohesive look.

On this market trip, I grabbed up large red juicy grapes, plump blackberries in the darkest violet color and some colorful blueberries.

As the fruit dries, I arrange the flowers. I use widemouth vases that let everything free fall and be fancy. 

(Arrow Measuring Spoons)

Now is where all the fun and good tasting really begins! I intentionally pull out all ingredients and prepare measurements. Flour spills from measuring cups and sugar sits in dainty heart measuring spoons.

(Dotty Rolling Pin)

The final product is always a treat when baking, but who says you can’t enjoy adorable tools too – like this Dotty Rolling Pin?! I think it is great when you can enjoy the process of hosting and have these added visual pleasures while you prepare for your guests. 

(Courtly Check Enamel Pie Plate)

A pie plate is then lined with crust and waiting for it’s vibrant filling.

Simple treats really are so beautiful when it comes to hosting any event. I tend to decide on a couple desserts and keep them decorated but not too busy. With all the gorgeous servingware and florals, there is no need to do more.

A DIY naked cake with a handful of flowers and a single crust pie compliment the event (the berries are the showstopper).

Let’s just say I had to hold the kiddos back from putting any fingers on these, ha! They did get to test a bite or two after though =)…

(Flower Market Salad/Dessert Plate – Black)

Now comes the table… For this specific Mother’s Day spread I knew that I wanted it to focus on the desserts and have the setting made in that way. So I started with the gorgeous plates that are accented with a bronzed rim. Having a mix of patterns always makes tables festive and fanciful.

(Courtly Check Enamel Pedestal Platter)

Paired next to the elegant pedestal platter, all the pieces come together perfectly. I used larger dinner plates as chargers since this table was only serving dessert.

(Check Taper Candle Holders – Gold – Set of 2)

I set out all the desserts as part of the decor and it gives the guests something to anticipate and look forward to.  Candlelight gives off a soft glow anytime, on a rainy day gathering or early evening get together; it sheds light on all of the pretty presentation.

(Courtly Check Bent Pie Server)

Utensils are out and ready for the moment that cakes and pies are cut as to avoid getting up and down once guests are relaxed. But if I am being honest, I tend to always forget a thing or two when I have friends or family over!

Cake stands also add nice height next to flower arrangements – cakes are always a good idea when having dessert 😉.

(Dotty Cheese Knives and Courtley Check Rattan and Enamel Party Tray)

And even though this is a dessert table, I think it is wise to incorporate something savory such as a plate full of cheeses, fruits and some nuts. Much like the rolling pin, these cheese knives and serving tray complete the play of pattern.

A table should feel comfortable and can be elegant at the same time.

(Dogwood Napkin Ring – Gold and Washed Linen Napkins – Natural)

Black statements with pops of gold seen with these napkin rings and soft wrinkly linen napkins help infuse that dressed up with effortless feeling I am talking about.

Having trays available makes moving things easy… Whether it be plates of cheese, coffee cups or clean up. This particular tray is nice and large so it can accommodate quite a bit.

(The Secret Lives of Baked Good Book)

A gift for the guest of honor is always a thoughtful idea. This one in particular goes with the theme of this event and hopefully ladies will leave inspired to bake up some more creations.

When together, your guests will have the very best time…

They will feel honored by the love you put into this event with the thought of them in mind.

Mother’s Day is an important time to thank those wonderful women who have served us and loved on us throughout our lifetimes (whomever they may be).

I hope that this post leaves you inspired as Mother’s Day approaches and I loved the opportunity to partner with this amazing company as I got to talk about my tips with you here today.

In case you were not aware, MacKenzie-Childs is a company whose talented artisans and designers create stunningly unique pieces (everything from dinnerware to furniture). This is just a glimpse of their incredible collections! I am grateful for chances like these to work with companies such as theirs and share what I think with you! Thanks so much for stopping by…

MacKenzie-Childs sponsored this post and all opinions are 100% my own.

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11 Responses to A Mother’s Day Dessert Brunch

  1. That cake looks delightful and those lilacs are stunning! You set an absolutely gorgeous table!

  2. Donna says:

    Beautiful table and the food looks delicious and so inviting. I love all of the serving ware and dishes. So pretty!

    • Annie says:

      Donna thank you so much and I really enjoyed putting this one together with all the pretty serving ware – so that means a lot. Thank you very much for that compliment again!

  3. carmen lagunas says:

    your table is beautiful and inspiring! love everything about it! and that cake? do you have the recipe on the blog?? Yum!

    • Annie says:

      Carmen thank you so so much! I appreciate that and it was actually my first time putting one of those style of cakes together – it was much easier than I thought. I was thinking about sharing the how to soon and truthfully I used a boxed cake for the cake batter this time =)…

  4. Lanita Anderson says:

    Annie, what a beautiful table!! Purple is my favorite color, so I very much enjoyed the different shades of purple you incorporated. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas when setting a table, as well as entertaining! Blessings to you….

  5. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous in every detail. How special to be selected by MacKenzie-Childs to feature a table with their beautiful pieces. Thank you for sharing this beauty. Happy Mother’s Day to you.

    • Annie says:

      Sarah thank you very much and it was such a pleasure! I appreciate you stopping by and thank you again.

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