Wednesday, May 5, 2010

French Country Mother's Day Brunch

This inspiration is a nod to my Lovely Lavender Post, and, admittedly, I'm a little crazy about lavender this time of year. But what mother wouldn't love a pretty (and unique!) Provincial brunch to honor her on her day? Inspired by beautiful Southern France, this brunch offers natural elements and french flair!

lilac arrangement that inspired me.

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Sources: french country kitchen, toile, crepe quiche lorraine, lavender sachets, wildflower arrangement, card, chalkboard sign, rustic pitchers, herb place setting

I love the tiered, fresh lilacs courtesy of Martha Stewart, but I love just as much the rustic feel of the wildflower and sunflower arrangement in the metal pail, (which could just as easily be created with silk flowers or arranged in a china teapot, pitcher, or glass mason jar. The more casual the look, the better!)
The combination of checkered patterns and toile, especially in blue or yellow hues, and particularly when paired together, is classically french-country and a fabric in either style would be perfect as a tablecloth or napkin.

A unique place setting idea or simply an addition to a stylish breakfast tray would be some dried lavender or even a sprig of fresh rosemary tucked into the napkin. Voila! Instant French Country style! (Not to mention very aromatic!)
The chalkboard sign is just adorable, especially when printed with "bon appetit!", your brunch menu or maybe "merci!" to a special mother. Yours doesn't have to be framed, chalkboard paint can transform any surface you choose to write on for a very reasonable price. Try this one.

And what about brunch? When thinking French Country, my first thought was crepes or quiche and I couldn't decide which was better, so I figured why not both? This recipe for Crepe Quiche Lorraine from the Food Network is sure to out-do the yearly pancakes!

As for last-minute gift ideas, why not give the gift of relaxation! A simple aromatherapy candle, soap, or spa item - especially in French lilac or lavender scent - would certainly be a welcome treat for a giving mother.

Or make your own! Check out this easy DIY drawer sachet courtesy of Country Living.

No time to send a gift? This free, customizable video is a great way to send thanks - and a little humor - to the mom in your life. Thanks to Robyn of Mix Mingle Glow for the idea!

Happy Mother's Day to all! Bonne FĂȘte!

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