Breakfast is often a tricky venture when you have guests staying for the weekend. Not everyone rises at the same time and it’s always nice to leave things out for guests to grab at their convenience. While coffee, breads and pastries, along with healthier fare can be left on the counter, I like to leave a pretty but ‘help yourself’ breakfast table setting for weekend guests.The setting should be attractive, yet casual enough for people to feel comfortable moving plates and utensils around. Presenting a cluster of dishes rather than formal place settings will give that feeling, while also leaving space for people to sit at the table to eat.There are certain colors that just say “breakfast” to me. I love how the purity of creamy whites and pale pastels hints at the promise a new morning brings. Utensils here are placed in a lovely pale green mason jar.The blush tone linen napkins with ruffled edge are from Pom Pom at Home and exude a homespun warmth.Plate stacks in two sizes allow for large and small appetites. The salad plates are one of my favorite patterns called Desserts Gourmands from Gien France. The ivory dinner plate is English Countryside from Mikasa.The underpinning is a white vintage tone-on-tone embroidered tablecloth. I rarely worry about the size of my linens and often throw a small cloth on the table, set askew, leaving the wood patina to peek through at the sides.The wall of windows in our breakfast room offers a delightful view of the greenery outside. Glasses for juice mix with the grouping while coffee mugs are placed closer to the coffee maker.I generally cap off my tables with fresh flowers, but in a pinch, these white faux stems in a silver repousse pitcher are a pretty accompaniment. I used a few of these same items in a somewhat more formal lunch setting that you can be on the lookout for in an upcoming post.
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