In the event of not-so-great weather, create one plan that works well for both for indoor and outdoor gatherings. Consider mixing interior furniture pieces which may work well outside with patio or garden furniture that may fit inside the house.
To determine the proper flow and setup for a successful buffet brunch, create zones with painter's tape. Measure each area of your space, marking off specific zones with tape pressed firmly onto the floor. Next, ensure proper traffic flow by placing furniture inside parameters of tape. If flow is unsuccessful, remove painter's tape and reposition placement of each zone.
No buffet? No problem. Create a custom serving station for your brunch with two sawhorses, one piece of plywood and a graphic table skirt. Pick up a piece of plywood precut to your specific needs from the home improvement store. Once sawhorses are in place, lay plywood on top, then add skirt, ensuring it's flush with the floor. Place any boxes or containers underneath for concealed storage.
Bring an outdoor picnic feeling to your buffet with serving vessels. Display food, napkins and silverware in woven baskets, apple baskets and gardening pots mixed with wooden bowls and rustic serving platters.
Create a dining space with a green and white color scheme. Start with a toile table cloth depicting natural, outdoor scenery, and add layers of texture with woven grass place mats and rustic vessels for floral arrangements.
Bring the actual act of gardening to each table by arranging white tulips in weathered watering cans, then placing in the center. Tulips are often the best choice, because they're affordable and evoke an elegant, garden feeling.
If throwing your party indoors or on the deck, introduce green on the floor with a precut piece of faux turf used as an area rug. Faux turf can be purchased at home improvement stores or rented from event companies. Secure the end with double-sided tape to keep it in place during the party.
Add a designer touch to basic burlap with a band of decorative trim adorned to the bottom resulting in a one-of-a-kind tablecloth. Trim can be attached quickly and easily using a hot glue gun and glue sticks.
Create a separate dining space for little ones by draping a coffee table with a burlap table cloth; however, raw burlap will work as well. Instead of chairs, lay out floor pillows and cushions for kids to both lounge and brunch on.
Present edible treats to children in a whimsical way. Tint cupcake frosting to your buffet's palette with food coloring, and arrange cupcakes on the table as something graphic and recognizable, such as a caterpillar. Add decorative eyes with icing; create antennae and legs with pipe cleaners.
Add good old American flair to your favorite coffee cake recipe with apple and/or blueberry pie presentation. Slice apples, and fan each slice out along top. Add a grouping of blueberries in the center, and then drizzle with icing.