All Happiness Depends on a Leisurely Breakfast…

Since we will be having a brunch reception instead of a seated dinner, I’m always keeping my eyes out for appropriate table-setting ideas. The traditional tall flower centerpieces and candle-strewn tabletops are just not our style. I also have this “new” obsession with burlap. I particularly like it because it reminds me of those large coffee bags, which in turn make me think of Costa Rica, which makes it obviously perfect for our wedding! Now that I’ve lead you down a tiny trail of obsession, here are some of my favorite table settings:


1. Sweet and Simple: I love this one, and I even already have access to a doily punch! Plus I love the purple thread sewn across the top, BUT I think this look would be a little informal for our wedding.


2. An Elegant Affair: I love this use of burlap because it breaks the table up a little more and, in this case, since they decided to use a bench instead of chairs, it spaces the guests out appropriately. That being said, I don’t think I could put our guests on a long bench. It would just be so inconvenient for the guests to get in and out of their seats, especially since we’re probably doing a buffet-style brunch. So bench seating is almost certainly out of the question. I also love the jars with the little circular name tags tied around the openings with twine. So cute!


3. Tropical Romance: This is by far my favorite setup. I love the simplicity, the doily-esque placemats, the loose orchids, and the pretty blush pink napkins! While I want my brunch to have a more laid-back, romantic, vintage, slightly whimsical feel, I want the evening cake & champagne reception to have a more elegant, romantic, vintage feel, so I think that this would be a good start! L.o.V.e.


4. Rustic Texture: I really like this one because of the ribbon and the kraft-paper luggage tag. Mr. P liked the “sprig of barley.” (I am pretty sure it’s wheat, but it may very well be barley.) Regardless, I really like the thoughtfulness of this setting.


5. Carefree romance: When I saw this table, I literally gasped! Now I totally get that this is 75% lighting and good photography, but it’s still 25% gorgeousness. I love the simplicity of the setting. It is especially special because it really highlights the natural-wood table underneath.

What are your thoughts? How much thought are you putting into your table settings??


Mrs. Pancakes

New York/Costa Rica
Wedding Date:
May 2011
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  1. Member
    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 9:13 am

    I love 2 & 3!

  2. meerkat Bee
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:17 am

    I <3 the rustic one! We went for a mix of rustic and tropical.

  3. tartlet Bee
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:34 am

    I love #3 and #5! And oh…to load up on Costa Rican coffee again. So yummy!

  4. starfish Bee
    starfish 1902 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:02 pm

    I think they all look great!

  5. rainbow Bee
    rainbow 1525 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:49 pm

    OMG number 5 is stupid gorgeous! Love, love, love it!

  6. Guest Icon Guest
    Larissa Banting, Guest @ 6:59 pm

    I have old coffee bags we can make runners out of no problem. Love mixing them up with the doilies. Hmmm…lots to think about 😉

  7. husky Bee
    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:42 pm

    I love the wheat in the table setting!

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