In this post: This help-yourself breakfast bar will help accommodate your guests’ varying schedules, with a pretty kitchen vignette you can put together in no time.⇒
Do you love whipping up breakfast for a house full of guests, each waking up at a different time and moving about on a different schedule?
Yeah, I didn’t think so.
It’s so much simpler and more pleasant to have some basics set up for everyone to grab on their own.
I like to style a pretty makeshift help-yourself breakfast bar on our kitchen table for just this purpose. It’s an opportunity to create a lovely vignette aligned with the season and functions to help guests and hosts alike.
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You can set up a breakfast bar on the kitchen island or peninsula, as well. As long as it’s easily accessible, it will be beneficial to your guests and a central location provides the opportunity to make a decorating statement in your space.
My breakfast bar vignette comprises graceful tabletop items gathered loosely around a silver serving tray. The tray lends structure, but the spillover keeps it from getting too uptight. Still, the most important items are stacked neatly on the tray, beginning with these sweet French dessert plates to set a charming and romantic tone.
A breakfast bar is an opportunity to showcase some of your loveliest table decor, so I chose vintage and French for the character and theme. (No surprise there!) I’ve been slowly collecting an assortment of vintage silver napkin rings and here they are corralling my blush pink linen napkins.
The combination of pink and silver sets the tone for this morning scene, which I wanted to feel soft and peaceful in the sun-drenched breakfast room.
(See below for resources.)
A pitcher of pink lemonade stands at the ready to quench morning thirsts, with enchanting ‘Un Verre d’Amitié’ glasses lined up awaiting the sweet elixir.
*Note: the glasses are from Vagabond Vintage but seem to be unavailable at the time of this writing, so they are not included in the resource list, but it’s worth a search on the web, if you’re trying to find them.
The purpose of the breakfast bar is to make it easy for guests to serve themselves in the morning, but I generally don’t leave perishables out for any length of time. So yogurt, fruit and cheeses are left in the fridge at eye level, while pastries can be presented on a small platter as part of the breakfast vignette.
I also keep mugs on the counter near the coffee maker, rather than expecting guests to walk to the table to get them. You can set up a second mini-vignette in the same theme by your coffee maker if you like.
Utensils are another essential and the simplest display is also the most convenient, as well as the most sanitary. Keeping vintage pieces clustered handles-up in a mason jar makes them easy to grab and keeps fingers away from eating surfaces.
And always, there are fresh flowers. There is no better way to welcome guests to a bright and lovely morning!
The real secret to my breakfast bar is that it doesn’t have to be only for your guests.
If you’re tired of the same old kitchen decor, why not refresh the room with a pretty breakfast bar vignette? Then when you wake up in the morning and come stumbling into the kitchen, you’ll feel like you are the guest in your own home!
Kitchen Breakfast Bar Resource List
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