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Simple Secret to Creating an Inviting Brunch Table

From the Associated Press

Martha Stewart, author and authority on entertaining in the home, advocates using collectible china to create an inviting table.

For a brunch, which she describes as “a perfect way to entertain informally,” she suggests a table of unusual china or pottery, one-of-a-kind glassware, mix-and-match flatware.

“Different styles, patterns and shapes play off each other well if color and size coordinate,” she says.

Stewart, a member of the Great Entertainers Council formed by Champagne Perrier-Jouet four years ago as a source of information on entertaining styles and trends, also offers these suggestions:

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The Special Touches

-- Fresh flowers, whether a single perfect bloom, a spray of daisies or a potted plant from the garden, are a must.

-- Amusing salt and pepper shakers, or a trio of dainty pottery pitchers accent a brunch table wonderfully.

-- Yellow, blue and green look especially good on a breakfast or luncheon table. Use brightly hued cloth napkins or pretty dish towels; if buffet style, roll each guest’s utensils in a napkin and tie with ribbon.

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-- Butter molds in interesting shapes add a special touch to the table and are a cinch to do ahead. Maple sugar butter is delicious on French toast.

-- Make one or two special breads ahead of time and freeze them until the night before the party. Easier still, buy wonderful breads to freeze.

-- Make the presentation beautiful; small details bring style to even the simplest fare. Carefully peel 4-minute eggs and place on wedges of toast; garnish French toast with a twist of sliced orange; serve creamy cafe au lait for a special treat.

Stewart, whose most recent book is “Quick Cook Menus,” espouses entertaining at brunch because “you can have fun with a variety of dishes, you can do most of the preparation in advance and, best of all, it’s less stressful than trying to entertain midweek.”

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