Holiday brunches are infinitely better than holiday dinners. The host doesn’t have to fuss with a lengthy complicated meal. Guests don’t have to drag their bodies through the dark after a long day, and everyone gets to show up in casual clothes designed for the task at hand — drinking and eating delicious carbs.
Lifestyle and fashion threw her holiday brunch to celebrate the ladies who’ve supported her over the past six years.
She also recently moved with her young (and adorable) family to a Salt Lake City apartment while they wait out construction on a new home. Like any move, “it’s a hot mess,” she laughed. But in a condo the third of the size of their old digs, she committed to coziness and rose to the challenge with help from the interior designers at .
To help you design and pull off your new favorite holiday tradition, here are Andrew’s top tips and inspirations.
Nobody wants to sit down to a plate of cold toast and reheated eggs, but you don’t want to get stuck at the frying pan when guests arrive. Andrew’s solution: loaded pancakes and retro treats from her favorite bakery, .
“You can make [pancakes] so quickly on a big griddle,” Andrew says. The toppings possibilities for your guests are also endless.
Andrew put out bowls of fruit, crushed candies, and peppermint sticks to add flavor while also bringing in soft red accents to her table.
Because Andrew’s new digs are tight, she wanted the brunch to have a cozier vibe that would complement the “Farmhouse meets Urban Modern” home. She brought in earthy elements with wood tones and teak chairs ($360, ), paired with green and black and white accents.
Corners are a great place to pull in color and warmth to a room, Andrew notes. She filled hers with woven nesting baskets ($178 for 2, ) stuffed them with velvet pillows ($85, ) and Christmas lights to bring texture and light into the space.
Those adorable gingham napkins? They’re actually dish towels.
And if you love those chair covers, you’ll probably love them in your house as rugs — which is what the sheepskin throws from IKEA ($29.99, ) and World Market ($79,99, ) actually are. Andrew uses them everywhere throughout her home, including as a makeshift Christmas tree skirt.
The smell of fresh pine is bound to put anyone in a holiday mood. For the brunch, Andrew used a genius mix of real and faux greenery to create what her husband jokingly calls a "garden" in their dining room.
The oversized garland on the table was made by florist friend , and was actually inspired by Christmas wedding centerpieces. The wreaths on the window are faux ($100, ), but Andrew and made sure to weave in a couple fresh eucalyptus sprigs and added an extra-long ribbon to finish them off.
Andrew’s trick is to set up her entertaining area, then grab her camera or phone. Taking a picture of the spread allows her to see if anything “looks too heavy or needs something more.”
Interior design is a new challenge for Andrew — “it’s like a whole other side of the brain” — so her trial-by-error advice is also trust your intuition and go with your first choice while shopping.
"You keep looking and looking, like maybe 'I’ll find something better,' Andrew said. But the majority of the time, her original pick comes out on top.