A Step by Step Guide to Throwing a Brunch: A 25th Birthday Party

“Hey Shawdy, it’s your birthday and we going party like it’s your birthday! And you know we gonna have a brunch, ’cause it’s your birthday!”

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Do you have a birthday coming up? Feeling overwhelmed and getting the birthday blues? Or maybe you’re planning a party for your bestie. With so many options and decisions, it’s easy to get bogged down in the details and quickly turn a happy day into a stressful one. Well no worries, CPL to the rescue.  When our CPL Bestie Zari was approaching the big 25, she asked could we help. She wanted an event that was pretty, but above all fun. We put on our thinking berets… Why berets? Well they are having a major fashion moment. And after giving our best Beyoncé in the mirror for five moments, we designed a super cool brunch. With this step by step guide to throwing a brunch, you will be brunching with your besties in no time.

The Menu

brunch appetizers

Don’t overthink it! Your menu should be delicious, but also simple. At CPL, we like to assign levels of difficulties to our food categories. All starter dishes should be easy, but colorful. Fruits and veggies are totally the way to go! For brunch, one of the easiest items to make is avocado toast. Smash avocados with a squeeze of lime, slather on toast and sprinkle on some salt, pepper and red chili flakes. Want to kick it up a notch, drizzle some balsamic glaze, and add chunks of goat cheese. Feeling a little naughty? Place a poached egg on top. Partner this up with a grapefruit salad and your brunch is off to a great start. Worried about your main dishes? Calm down and pop a bottle, because we have you covered.

These dishes do require cooking; however, they use many of the same ingredients and don’t have too many steps.

Less ingredients = Less food prep. Less food prep = More champagne.

brunch food

The idea is for you to spend your day having fun with your besties, not slaving away in the kitchen. Our recommendation Besties, make french toast. You can use your traditional recipe, but make sure you add in a teaspoon of orange zest and a tablespoon of honey. It will give your dish an added layer of flavor and sophistication. Now a true brunch should have multiple options, so switch your traditional quiche for a crustless version in ramekins or as we call it delicious egg soufflé. Switch up your recipe a bit and experiment with a smoky cheese like Gruyere. Give your home fries a kick with our Garlic Aioli sauce. For our meat eaters, grill some bacon and sausage on the side.

Cocktails & Cake

Confetti Cake and Triple Citrus Mimosas

And cocktails, why champagne of course. Try this super cool Triple Citrus Mimosa from The Pretty Dish. Desert? Well it’s a b-day party so Cake, Cake, Cake! This cute little confetti cake fit in perfectly with our theme. The gold candles gave it a splash of sexy.


The Set Up

Guide to throwing a brunch tablescape

The key to making your brunch look great is an amazing table-scape.  Pick a theme and make that sh*t bananas. We love the whole pineapple and palms movement that is shaking up Pinterest. Add in some pink and rose gold and we are definitely having a CPL moment. We created custom menus that the birthday girl really appreciated.  The super cute green dishes we got from Joanna Gaines collection at target. The pink cloth napkins were a steal at Amazon. If you haven’t picked up yet, we love us a nice cloth napkin. Gives the table a touch of sophistication and are washable so use them as many times as you want. The buffet serving tiers, vases, and glasses are from our go to… Crate and a Barrel.  Fruit and flowers are always a great way to bring some color to a table. Do you remember CPL co-founder Pam’s fruit table runner from her wedding? Everyone was talking about it! Last tip: Low on a flower budget, place single buds in a slender vase.


The Final Step

Have fun! It’s your birthday and we going to party like it’s a CPL day! Take lots of pics and make sure to tag us #chillpoplive

Hostesses with the Guest of Honor