When it comes to hosting a holiday brunch for the ladies, Mara Ferreira, who’s the woman behind the blog M Loves M, knows exactly how to pull off a festive at-home fete. Her secret to entertaining? Finding inspiration in the unexpected. “The holidays can be such a busy time, so carving out an afternoon to see friends makes it that much more enjoyable, and I thought it would be fun and more impactful to draw inspiration from nail polish!” she says. From picking an inviting colour scheme to whipping up a yummy menu and gifting the perfect party favours, keep reading to see all of Ferreira’s tips and tricks.
Scroll down to see how Ferreira hosted this chic ladies brunch right in time for the holidays.
Meet your hostess for the afternoon the stunning Mara Ferreira from M Loves M.
For her winter table, Ferreira took a cue from the pretty hues found in Essie’s winter collection: “While most people might think of red, green, blue or silver for a holiday party, it was exciting to go off a feminine palette of pinks, nudes and gold. The colours are a little unexpected making it a unique choice for a girls brunch!”
Showcase the mid-afternoon menu on a rustic chalkboard for a bird’s-eye view of the yummy bites to come.
Home decor from Lulu & Georgia
Whipping up a signature cocktail is a welcome addition to any party. “Make it beforehand, so that all you need to do is pour. This allows you to maximise time with your friends,” Ferreira says. Try this pre-brunch holiday-themed aperitif: a white cranberry mimosa with a festive red cranberry as garnish.
A blend of fresh blooms and understated details help create an inviting tablescape. “The flowers from Bloom & Plume were absolutely stunning! The arrangements were made with the most beautiful pink peonies and mauve-coloured roses. There were seasonal flowers and sprigs of rosemary that were added in too that tied the holiday theme together.”
Ferreira documents the daytime merrymaking with a mandatory photo.
Play the name game to add a thoughtful touch to your table. Ferreira recommends using “place cards so all your guests can mingle and get to know each other better.”
“All my girlfriends have their own personality, so I thought it would be nice to pick a polish I could see them in and gift them as party favours.”
A great hostess leads by example. Here, Ferreira set the tone with playful peppermint candy nail art, a whimsical floral dress, and glitzy accessories.
Manicurist: Michelle Saunders
Gourmet finger foods, like quinoa cakes and fancy French toast skewers from Haute Chefs LA, are crowd favourites that also make for a pretty presentation. “Choose menu items that you can easily prep ahead of time, and pop in the oven the day of. Not having to stress last minute allowed me to enjoy the moment with friends.”
A mini cup of spinach and goat cheese heaven prepared by Haute Chefs LA.
“The loveliest part of our brunch was sitting in the living room, stuffed with good food, but still snacking on macarons. Actually we were fighting over them, the salted caramel in particular!”
If Ferreira's chic brunch inspired your inner holiday hostess, then you should pin and plan your own! Which tip will make it on your brunch board first? Tell us in the comments below!
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