By KV Harper
The saying goes that if millennials stop going to so many brunches they could afford to buy a house. But you can do both! Enjoy endless mimosas and one day buy a house. I'll outline how you can still brunch with the best of 'em and save money.
One of my favorite things to do is to style a table — I know exciting. But seriously is there anything more beautiful than a styled table? Like most things styling a table can go high or low end or a mixture of both.
One way to save money is to have friends over for brunch. This weekend, I had a few friends over for endless mismosas, chicken and waffles, basically a perfect weekend. I wanted a simple table and I wanted to keep it under $35. I'm going to outline a few of my money saving secrets.
The tablecloth: A beautiful tablecloth can make a table. I usually use a neutral color tablecloth and here's a secret, you can use a bed sheet as a tablecloth. The great thing about using a bed sheet is that it's usually cheaper than a tablecloth and you can reuse it again as a sheet or tablecloth. Costs $12
Plates and silverware: I never use paper plates for a sit down meal, unless it's a BBQ or I'm feeding more than 15 people. I had plates and silverware but I wanted a few new ones that would give a pop of color. I found the flamingo plates on a shopping trip to Target. The dollar store is also a good place to pick up plates and silverware. I purchased a serving plate and three dinner plates- total costs $7
Flowers: Every table needs flowers. Don't skip this step. Pick a neutral color for the flowers—white or pink are great choices. And you don't need a lot. I picked up a bouquet of pink gerber daisies from Trader Joe's for $8
Odds and ends: Pineapples are my favorite fruit. They have such significance in Caribbean, Asian and New Orleans culture. I use pineapple to decorate at every chance. Pineapples always photograph well for your Instagram photos too (added bonus). I also use Pellegrino water, for one it's delicious and satisfying and two the green bottles pop on a neutral tablecloth. I found the pineapple at Trader Joe's on sale for $3.00 and four bottles of Pellegrino cost $5.
Total costs for the table style: $35 (or a few mimosas at brunch) . The cost will go lower when you have serving plates and a rotating collection of tablecloths/sheets. Now go put the money you saved in the bank and buy a house — and then call us to design it for you.