Easter Brunch Buffet ~ Care to Join Me?

Spring Brunch Buffet At the Picket Fence

In my mind the word Brunch = Fancy. But not too fancy.

Not sparkly dress and pointy-toed stilettos kind of fancy.

More like a cute sundress and espadrilles.

It’s taking the everyday routine of cereal for breakfast and peanut butter and jelly for lunch up a notch…or two…or three.

Toss in the word ‘buffet’ and you definitely don’t have to worry about anyone thinking it’s too fancy!

Spring Centerpiece At the Picket Fence

We’re not talking the “all you can eat” kind of buffet. Although I promise I always have enough food to go around!

No, I’m talking about a Spring Brunch Buffet that blends casual and elegance and maybe makes you feel a bit fancy too. But not too fancy. You don’t even have to wear espadrilles. Maybe you just want to wear flip-flops. That’s OK too. You might consider the ones with the little sparkles on top though. We’ll call them your “fancy” flip-flops.

And then we’ll make you say that five times fast.

Vintage silverware At the Picket Fence

Hosting a Spring Brunch Buffet means you can get away with things you wouldn’t normally attempt. Like putting a birds nest on a plate on the table alongside the food. Because, well, it just felt right…and fancy.

bird eggs in nest At the Picket Fence

I might even feel like stenciling some Spring-y scenes onto flour sack towels which have been cut in half to make napkins. They could be a fancy party favor. Unless you spill something on them. In which case the fancy factor goes way down.

Stenciled spring napkins At the Picket Fence

The reality is that when you set a table with beautiful heirloom silverware and salt and pepper shakers that have graced countless tables, you could be serving pb&j and it would look beautiful.

Especially if you cut the crusts off and sliced them into little triangles. See…it doesn’t take much to up that fancy factor!

vintage salt and pepper shakers At the Picket Fence

But, why would you have pb&j when you could have blueberry muffins as big as your head?

blueberry muffins At the Picket Fence

You see, I don’t think you have to make a choice between simple and special.

I think that sometimes what makes something so special is, in fact,  just how simple it is.

vintage bubble glass At the Picket Fence

So, do you care to join me for my simply sweet Spring Brunch Buffet?

You might even decide to wear those fancy flip-flops after all!

Easter Tablescape At the Picket Fence

I’m so thrilled to be joining in this fun week of beautiful Easter Tablescapes hosted by the wonderful ladies of Uncommon Designs!

Easter Tablescapes Series

 They kicked things off with their gorgeous Bunnies and Burlap table and were followed by Thistlewood Farm where we got some fabulous Spring Table Decorating Tips. Next we saw a Beautiful in Blue Easter Tablescape from On Sutton Place followed by a stunning Vintage Brass and Lavender Tablescape from Finding Home. A Natural Easter Tablescape was shared by A Night Owl and a darling Children’s Easter Tablescape was created by Dukes and Duchesses.

What an honor to be included in this lineup!

I hope you will pay them all a visit and I look forward to meeting you back here at the Fence soon,


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  1. Such a prett table. I will wear my fancy fllip fllops
    After I get my pedi.

  2. Fun, fancy, fabulous frou-frou…… I could so enjoy the simplest of brunches here. Lovely, Vanessa. :-) Sue
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  3. Oh How delightful- love love love the napkin idea- and did you whitewash those cute flower pots or find them somewhere? – I’ve been looking for some like that!
    Happy Spring!

  4. Michael Reddin says:

    I would love to come to your beautiful brunch. May I sit next to you? Mom

  5. This sounds like fun…I’ll be there…with bells on my flip-flops.

  6. I love, love the napkins they are adorable. My stepmom has a relaxing Easter brunch every year. It is so much better then the fancy ones.

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  7. Oh it looks and sounds absolutely divine… So be sure to put my name down. :) Your table setting is so perfectly Sweet and Simple which makes for a very relaxing and joyous occasion. Thanks for sharing it with us!
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  8. Thank you for inviting me to your brunch! Lovely table – so fresh! Your bird’s nest filled with eggs is a sweet touch.
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  9. I have the same stemware that was my maternal grandmother’s. I love them dearly. Your table looks like a breath of spring. First time doing an Easter dinner buffet with a baker’s dozen guests.

  10. So lovely, Vanessa!

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  11. Vanessa, this is such a pretty table! I love all of the different elements that you used. They work together beautifully!
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  12. Just had a pedi so that I could wear some fancy flip flops to a classy brunch like yours! Such beautiful photos of beautiful elements on your table. Love those stenciled napkins! (I’d have to have a mimosa in those glasses, though!)
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  13. I’m w/ Jane…Mimosa, and flip flops, with the big head muffins :) While I’m eating the big head muffin I need you to inform me what an espadrille is!??? The S&P shakers are pure treasures! Happy Easter you lovely sisters, don’t tell anyone I don’t know what espadrille is!!! …XO
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  14. Wedges!!! :)
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  15. Very pretty and a great idea, Vanessa! I’m hosting Easter this year and I’m not sure what I’m doing. I guess I better get on that, since it will be here soon!
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  16. I would love to join you for brunch Vanessa!!
    Your table looks so pretty! Love the potted daffodils!
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  17. I’m throwing my “fancy flip flops” on … please tell me that there is some left! Your Spring Brunch Buffet looks delish! Love your sweet napkins and sentimental and beautiful heirloom pieces!
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  18. Sweet and I LOVE your stenciled napkins…
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  19. Great table Vanessa…I have those flip flops that you can change the straps on…so in a moment I can change them from casual to dressy and sparkly…Last year I set a “summer beach table” and put flip flops ON the table..did not get the memo when they said “flip flops” accepted, i thought it would have to be part of the decor on the table…glad you are setting the record straight…they shall stay on my feet!…I love, love the stencils on the flour sack towels…so pretty!…
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  20. just LOVE this Vanessa! especially the sweet white-washed terracotta pots. lovely. thanks for the mention too! xo, Kimberly
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  21. Atta Girl Amy says:

    I definitely would join you for brunch. Off to buy some new fancy flip flops and get a pedi.

    I love those napkins. Was going to ask where you bought them, but now I know they’re homemade. Beautiful.

  22. Wish I could join you for this lovely brunch…would you share where you got the flour sack towels? I think I need some. Thankis!
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