You may have picked up on this already, but in recent weeks, we conducted a social experiment, if you will, to find out which outdoor summer party reigns supreme in the eyes of our readers: brunch or barbecue? Here’s how we did it: We wanted to tap into your entertaining expertise, so we took to our IG feed and polled all of you to discover your preferred tablescape style, recipe, and plating essentials. And with summer winding down, we have one thing on our minds: hosting (and being hosted at) as many outdoor parties as possible. Now that we know where you stand (brunch won by a landslide, by the way), let’s savor the last days of perfect weather, good company, and delicious spreads with the winning tablescape that Macy's Martha Stewart Home Collection and Hotel Collection helped bring to life.
When it comes to building an eye-catching tabletop, try layering your plates in different patterns, shapes, and tones. MyDomaine reader @styleat30 agrees: “I love patterned plates because it really brings out the personality and character of the space.”
The beauty of brunch is that you don’t have to conform to a traditional menu. Why not try mini versions of your favorite brunch favorites, like Belgian waffles? This way your guests can sample all the delicious options without the risk of feeling too full.
Martha Stewart Collection Whiteware Fleur Dinnerware Collection Salad Plate, Only at Macy's ($18)
The official libation of brunch hour, fizzy, refreshingly sweet, and tangy mimosas will never let your guests down. Plus, your refill duties are halfway done so long as you have extra bottles of OJ and champagne on reserve.
Over easy, fried, poached… The list goes on, but a deviled egg is the comfort food that satisfies each time. If you want to try something new, boil them in beet juice first to create a watercolor-y pink tinge along the outer edges.
Martha Stewart Collection Whiteware Fleur Dinnerware Collection Mug, Only at Macy's ($15)
Avocado toast has dominated Instagram feeds, and we suspect it won’t be losing steam in the near future either. Have a platter of bite-size versions handy to entice guests to partake in those “from above” photo moments.
Peonies schmeonies. When it comes to whipping up the perfect floral centerpieces, dahlia pom-poms are great options for lending life and texture to your tablescape.