Monday, December 5, 2011

Breakfast Holiday Brunch Wreaths

I was so happy to be a part of Stephanie's handmade holiday's event!  I'm a lover of this season and was excited to be inspired  as we all got to take a peek at new holiday decorating ideas. I am now posting this on my personal blog as well.     

 Entertaining is a colorful and beautiful way to celebrate the gathering of friends, and is highlighted during the holidays.   Today I want to share a sweet holiday brunch table and whisper ideas on how you can recreate this buffet on your own coffee table in front of your sparkling tree.

Instead of fancy silver serving trays, I used wreaths of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam to present food!  I used a large wreath for the veggies and a medium sized wreath for the sugared fruit.  STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam serves as an ideal tool and foundation in SO many projects.

Materials Needed: 

- various wreath shaped sizes (your choice) of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam  
- floral picks with wires removed
- sugar and water
- super fine sugar
- fresh greens and flowers
- twine
- fresh fruits and veggies of your choice


1) For the veggie wreath, take a larger wreath of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and use toothpicks or floral pins to secure large green leaf lettuce to the wreath. 

2) Push toothpicks into the ends of washed veggies. Peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, and asparagus work well.  These veggie pieces can easily be pushed write into the STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam.  Arrange as desired.

3) For the fruit wreath, tie floral greens (like baby's breath) around the wreath of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam using twine. Leave some open areas on the top of the wreath to place the fruit. 

4) The sugared fruit needs to be prepared ahead of time.  Heat 2 cups of water and 2 cups of water in a saucepan until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat.  This is a "sugar paste" to use in step 6.

5)  Wash fruit and gently press floral picks (wire removed) into to bottom of them.  Pierce and place some of them into the STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. 

6) With the remaining fruit, brush the water "sugar paste" onto some fruit pieces then quickly roll in superfine sugar.  Set on wax paper to dry for 30 minutes or more. Then add the sugared pieces to the fruit wreath after they're dry. 


Ta Da!
Fresh Vegetable Wreath

Fresh Fruit Wreath

Fine sugar dusted on fruit gives us 
that extra indulgence of little luxuries 
for the holidays. 
It also adds a delicate bit of pretty to your decor! 

Line up! Breakfast is served...

These work perfectly in a brunch buffet.  Guests can pull out whatever fruit and veggie choices they wish as they fill their plates with early morning goodness. You can also add a bowl of veggie dip to the center of the wreath if desired.

Cream puffs and orange juice...

Rustic birch wood vases, rough burlap,
shabby ruffles, romantic swirls of red roses, 
silver trimmed fine china, delicate doilies, 
smart kraft paper, airy cream puffs, 
crunchy veggies, soft sugared fruit, 
and zipping orange juice  
braids together rustic and delicate pretties
into a charming holiday brunch.

The comforting hum of friends and family, 
gathered around fresh goodness, 
inspired by peaceful beauty,
with cozy warmth inside and snow chill outside 
makes a  
Happy little Christmastime.

 Thank you Stephanie and STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam from Dow 
for inviting me to share in some holiday inspiration for 2011! 

...and may all your Christmases be bright,

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jessica said...

What an awesome idea!! I'll have to try this...wonder if it would work with styrofoam trees?

Have a Merry Christmas!

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Anonymous said...

You have the best ideas..It's just beautiful..Have a great week..

Suzy said...

Very pretty! I love the fruit.

Jenny said...

Wow. How gorgeous. I haven't done sugared fruit in years! It is so pretty, though.

What a lovely table!

Traci said...

This is such a cute idea. I've never seen anything like it. said...

Breakfast and brunch are my favs! So many ways to get creative and give loved ones a fresh, energized start to the day!

Lisa these are outstanding ideas! And your table looks absolutely stunning!

Heidi Schulz said...

Absolutely lovely! Not just the wreath, which are gorgeous, but the look of the whole table is just so inviting. I love the birch vases. Great job!

Marlis said...

Just looking makes me hungry, I love the wreaths too. Your presentation is lovely. thanks so much for sharing.. xo marlis

CJ Foss said...

So many great ideas here. The birch vases add a lovely rustic touch; wreath how-to terrific; and sugar-dusted fruit looks so festive. Thanks for sharing. ~CJ

CJ Foss said...

So many great ideas here. The birch vases add a lovely rustic touch; wreath how-to terrific; and sugar-dusted fruit looks so festive. Thanks for sharing. ~CJ

Sandra said...

I love these! I have seen fruit wreaths, but the fresh veggie wreath is so unique! I am going to have to try that. Thanks for sharing.

Good Girl Gone Green said...

Looks yummy! Very creative!

Unknown said...

Well how cute is that! I like how easy the sugar fruit looks to make, but how impressive it turns out.

Snap said...

Marvelous breakfast buffet and thanks for the tutorial on the wreaths. Wow! Happy Happy and a Merry Merry to you!

Unknown said...

Wow ! Great ideas! Thanks for sharing your lovely table!

Martha said...

How clever and what great centerpieces for a holiday buffet of any kind -- whether brunch, lunch or dinner!

Alycia Nichols said...

Incredibly creative!!! You must have the patience of a thousand angels!!! :-) I love the idea of doing this for a buffet table. I'm going to tuck this away for future use! Have a great week!

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

these are SO fun I adore this idea! I'd love it if you would add them to my What We Wore and Made link party over at