52 Dinners Project - Week 28: Sunday Brunch & Blooms
Last week we hosted our first Sunday Brunch & Blooms event of the season here at Ardelia Farm. I think that it brings us just as much joy as it does the attendees.
This is our third year putting on these events and they just get better and better.
Guests arrive around 10am and enjoy a big beautiful brunch buffet, which includes an assortment of scones, muffins, cakes, cinnamon rolls, fruit, yogurt, housemade granola, cheesy grits, veggies, ham, breakfast sausage, frittata, desserts, and more, along with coffee, tea, juices, and other beverages.
They’re then encouraged to explore the farm, venturing into all of the greenhouses, frolicking through the fields, and saying hello to the piglets. After that, folks come back to the party barn to play with flowers.
They select a container that speaks to them, grab a pair of clippers, and have at it. It’s not a design workshop, but an opportunity to simply have some flower fun. We do have a floral designer on hand to assist anyone who would like a little guidance. Last week our good friend Marc was our celebrity guest designer down from Montreal. Ooh la la. He and David Burrows took all of these photos. Thanks guys!
I debated whether or not to include this event as a part of 52 Dinners project, since folks pay to attend and putting together this brunch spread for 40 people is basically me just doing my job.
I recently posted a question on Facebook asking folks to weigh on what’s keeping them from entertaining, what sorts of obstacles are getting in the way of inviting friends over for a meal. I had my assumptions (time, budget, confidence in the kitchen, etc.), but it was nice to hear everyone’s responses.
As I think about the evolution of this project and my career, I want to find a way to help people overcome those obstacles to start entertaining more, and I think that challenging myself to keep this up during our market season is going to be a great way for me to learn what I’m really capable of.