I recently read somewhere that orange is the new black. I don’t really like black but I’m happy to hear that orange is now fashionable. I have a bit of a bower bird attraction to retro orange and am guilty of collecting more than a few funky pieces. Last year I styled a rustic orange baby shower and since then I have longed to create a fabulous retro orange bridal shower using my vintage kitchenalia. If there are any adventurous brides out there who would like a quirky retro kitchen bridal shower, let me know!
In celebration of the arrival of Spring here in Australia, I hosted a Ladies Spring brunch. The perfect excuse to bring out my collection of vintage thermoses, servingware, funky trays, seersucker tablecloths and tins.
I kept the menu simple, serving fruit and yoghurt compotes in vintage glasses, banana bread, an assortment of bruchetta, french toast, savoury damper rolls, strawberry & passionfruit curd muffins and fruit. Obviously I had to include cupcakes, so I made my delicious Lemon curd cupcakes with meringue cloud frosting, which will appear in recipe form this week on my blog. For my gluten free guests I made a delicious almond and orange cake.
When styling my dessert tables I love to make food tag holders out of salt and pepper shakers. This is an easy and economical way to make something original to suit your theme. All you need to do is twist floral wire around a glue stick (or something cylindrical) a few times to create the holder, and wind the end around your shaker. I purchased these tags to match my invitations from Artful Happiness on Etsy. Using a simple alphabet stamp I labelled the tags to create cheap and quirky food labels.
Instead of putting a bunting across the front of the food table, I tied some pretty gingham aprons together to keep in with the vintage theme. For the backdrop I bought a peg board from Bunnings, which my son painted white. I hung a retro curtain across the top and pegged my vintage cooking utensils underneath.
With all of my styled parties I take great pleasure in providing my guests with special take home favours. For this Spring brunch, I boxed up lemon curd cupcakes tying vintage yellow fabric and string around each one. I also baked and wrapped small loaves of banana bread for guests to take home. I set these treats out on a white buffet and hutch decorated with retro sifters and kitchenware.
The tables were set with retro seersucker tablecloths and fabric. Each place setting had a vintage plate and coffee cup. I put yellow and white flowers in cute 70’s glasses.
I love including children in my adult parties and set a separate table with cereal compotes, fruit juice pop tops wrapped with vintage fabric, muesli bars and glass jars of sweets for the kiddies to take home.
I think I have satisfied my craving for retro orange and am now able to resist buying any more pieces. Although I saw this really cute tin toy cash register on Instagram, in orange of course, that keeps calling my name…
Have a great week. xx