A Christmas Brunch

Now the children are getting a little older we can do a more sophisticated setup for our Christmas day meals, and this year I thought we’d try a late morning Christmas brunch. After the mad frenzy of opening gifts, everyone is a little hyper, and it’s still several hours to go until lunch. So, this year I thought we’d all sit down to a brunch, and have a late afternoon dinner instead.

I’ve been collaborating with Villeroy & Boch this year. You may remember that I visited their HQ in Germany earlier in the year so when they offered to send over some beautiful pieces for our brunch table, I jumped at the chance.

christmas-brunchStarting with plates, I’ve kept is simple and chosen the Villeroy & Boch Classica Nuova flat and salad plates, in a straightforward white. You know how much I like an uncluttered, almost Scandi look to my accessories, so these are perfect for me.


vb-platesCutlery is always tricky with children and we’ve finally got to a stage where all the family can use the same pieces. This set, the Classica, is absolutely beautiful and comes in its own box too, helping to keep your drawers tidy and your cutlery in great condition. I like that it’s not too heavy either, so great for kids.

cutlerySo what am I serving at our brunch? Well I have to go for pastries, pancakes and croissants. For us they are our favourites and an absolute must at any brunch. To complement the elegant white plates I’ve chosen some serving dishes from the Casale Blu collection. It’s a range I saw a lot of in Germany and Luxembourg earlier in the year and one that really works for me.

brunch-tableThe croissants and fruit are served on the Casale Blu pickle dish and I can see me using this for so many different things; it’s such a handy size. I’ve put the jam in the small Casale Blu Dip Bowls which are perfect for the job.


dip-bowlsThen the pancakes are stacked in the Casale Blu Olive Bowl (my lot don’t like olives but I’ll be filling this one just for me in the future), in the meantime they work brilliantly for our raisin pancakes.

olive-dishThe main big boy of a platter steals the show though. After our sweet treats, everyone likes a little meat and salad to finish the meal, and the Casale Blu Fruit Bowl is a real winner for the job. You don’t have to always use plates for the original intention and something like this can be versatile.

casale-blu-platterThe adults will be indulging in a little champagne or bucks fizz at the brunch, I’m sure, whilst the children love orange juice served in champagne flutes too. And these glasses finish off each setting so well.

Adorning the centre of the table are two simple and stylish Villeroy & Boch vases in frosty shades to coordinate with the Casale Blu pieces. The Nek Blue Vase and the Tiko Vase in Rose are ideal for a table like this when you want it to be simple and unfussy. The big, fancy centrepieces can come later at the main dinner.

vb-vaseSo there you have our Christmas Brunch table. I think it’s classy and simple, and won’t take a lot of time to prepare or tidy away. I would incorporate it with elements of the main Christmas dinner table, keeping any extra work to a minimum.

What do you think? Do you do Christmas brunch?

If you want to shop my look for your own Christmas table, follow the links throughout the post to find out more. Or check out the Villeroy & Boch website HERE for more information.

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Thanks for Villeroy & Boch for providing the pieces for this blog post. All opinions are honest and genuine. 

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Stephanie
    December 9, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    Thats beautiful Jen, I love everything about this set and how you’ve put it together. I always try and do a nice brunch on Christmas day.

    • Jen Stanbrook
      December 9, 2016 / 5:35 pm

      Ah thanks Steph, so glad you like it. I’m new to Christmas brunch and I think it’s a great idea. x

  2. Boha Glass
    December 10, 2016 / 9:32 am

    Fantastic. I sometimes get sad that my children are growing up fast, but having a civilised Christmas brunch will be wonderful. I love your champagne flutes

  3. Antonio Coleman
    December 10, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    Pancakes are something I never thought about doing on those Christmas mornings. I think having something as simple as pancakes will not spoil the appetite until Christmas dinner. Thanks for the awesome photos

  4. becky
    December 12, 2016 / 6:17 am

    Oh that is all looking delicious!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      December 12, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      Thanks Becky! x

  5. Mike
    December 15, 2016 / 3:41 am

    Those croissants! They look so good. I’ll bet they’ll taste great too.
    Well any food will do for me as long as I’m with my loved ones during Christmas.
    But those pancakes definitely will be great. 😉

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