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.
Starting 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.
Cutlery 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.
So 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.
The 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.
Then 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.
The 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.
The 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.
So 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?
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Thanks for Villeroy & Boch for providing the pieces for this blog post. All opinions are honest and genuine.