Here’s to the Ladies Who Brunch


Putting the “special” in a special occasion.

by Christopher Confero   

 

It’s no secret that the term “ladies who lunch” has become synonymous with ritzy women gossiping over costly meals and shopping bags. People think that I come across these type of women all the time when hired to design an event. However, I’m blessed to have a long roster of passionate women in my life, both personally and professionally, of whom I can truly say that without their love, advice, and compassion I would not be where I am today.

So I’ve decided it’s time to change the definition of this type of affair. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, why not start a movement to celebrate the strong female roles in our lives? The holiday is a nice reminder to connect with those women who serve as guiding lights to what’s important in this world. Whether it’s your mother, aunt, sister, or close friend, I think brunch is the perfect setting to reach out and return the favor.

While Birmingham is in no shortage of great brunch spots, I prefer the idea of brunching at home. It creates an intimate setting where your display of appreciation has no bounds. Here is my ideal vision of a gathering to commemorate the new ladies who brunch.

Tablescape

Don’t fret over the price of creating too many arrangements. If you are inviting a group of five to ten women over, then just visit your local market to grab four bouquets that catch your eye. The key to arranging flowers is to let the process be organic. I like to walk around and see what’s available. Now that spring is in the air, tulips are a great floral staple and one of my favorites. A simple, bright arrangement can be created with two bouquets of pink tulips, a bouquet of purple lilac and a bouquet of greenery. If you are going with a colorful floral scheme, keep it simple with table linens. A textured white tablecloth is just enough to let the other décor elements shine.

Menu

It’s easy to fall in love with brunch food. Between the French toast and the eggs Benedict, it’s hard to choose just one favorite from a restaurant’s menu. It’s also easy to overdose on calories. Thankfully, when brunching at home, you can make little bites of whatever you and your ladies desire. In terms of drinks, pick a signature cocktail. You can go ahead and make a batch, so that you’re not stuck playing bartender the whole time. And I’ve included some recipes that will get you on your way to a brunch worthy of your favorite ladies.

 

AvocadoBaked Stuffed Avocado

Makes four servings

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped baby arugula

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

4 large eggs

2 avocados

2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon fresh minced chives

Kosher salt

 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a small bowl, combine the chopped arugula, olive oil, and garlic. Next, cut the avocados and remove the pit, creating two equal halves. Add mixture to all four pieces and crack an egg in the center of each avocado. Top the with the Parmesan cheese, chives and a tiny sprinkle of kosher salt. Place the stuffed avocados on a baking sheet and bake for 10–14 minutes or until the egg is nearly set. It should still be slightly soft. Remove from the oven and allow it to rest for 3–5 minutes for the egg to completely set. Serve warm.

 

ChampagneSpring Lillet Berry Cocktail

Makes four servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup blueberries

1 cup red raspberries

1 bottle Lillet blanc

1 bottle Brut rosé

 

Preparation:

The night before the event, place all berries in a pitcher and pour Lillet over until slightly covered. Stir, cover, and place in refrigerator to marinate for at least six hours. When ready to serve, fill four champagne flutes halfway with Brut rosé; top each flute off with Lillet and berry mixture.

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