By Wedding Blog Contributor Dawn Viola
While a post-wedding brunch isnâ€™t on the etiquette to-do list, a casual midmorning get-together at home can be a great way to extend the festivities and say one last goodbye to close friends and family.
Keep it small. Consider the day-after brunch to be an A-list event, with only your closest friends and family attending. Anyone, including the bride and groom, can host the post-wedding brunch, but typically the mother of the bride or mother of the groom initiates and plans. Depending on who is hosting, wedding invitations can be extended to one or both sides of the newlywedâ€™s family.
A 3 to 4-hour window of time between breakfast and lunch will allow guests to freely come and go based on how late they celebrated the night before and their travel needs.
A casual brunch menu can be prepared days in advance, allowing you to focus on the wedding as needed.
A savory strata with layers of cubed brioche bread, browned and crumbled sausage, caramelized onion and Cheddar baked in an egg custard is the perfect way to feed a hungry crowd with little effort. The entire dish can be made two days before the brunch and set aside, covered in the refrigerator.
Potatoes can be cubed and blanched up to four days in advance and then quickly pan fried with peppers and onions for home fries the morning of the brunch. An assortment of grilled vegetables and a simple cheese and fruit platter with shaved prosciutto will satisfy those who like to nibble. And a signature cocktail can be pulled together in no time, with flavored simple syrups and soda water.
Coffee and an assortment of teas should be set in an easily accessible spot and can be served with lemon-thyme biscotti, also made days ahead of time.
Invitations? You bet, and a giveaway!
Word of mouth is fine, but wedding invitations are much more fun, especially when tucked into a guestâ€™s welcome basket. We were so inspired by the beautiful, hand-painted wedding invitations from Michelle Mospens at My Personal Artist that we had to share them with you.
One Perfect Wedding Guide reader, selected at random, will receive a set of 30 custom, hand-painted wedding invitations from My Personal Artist for their post-wedding brunch, showing a spring vegetable theme, orange blossoms or cocktail theme.
Between now and midnight, Thursday, June 2, 2011 (EST) post a comment below. One winner will be selected at random, and notified by email. Replies posted after midnight, Thursday, June 2, 2011 will not be counted. Anonymous comments will be discarded â€“ you need to be logged in with your DISQUS profile, or have posted your email address in the comment box so that we may notify you if you win. U.S. and Canada residents only; items will be shipped from the designer directly to the winner. No monetary exchanges or substitutions allowed. Void where prohibited. Total value $150.00 US.
â€“Dawn Viola is a professional chef, cooking instructor and the voice behind the award winning food blog, Wicked Good Dinner.