Confirmation and Graduation Family Brunch

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In celebration of our daughter’s 8th grade graduation and her upcoming Confirmation, we hosted a brunch for all of our family this past weekend.
When I was planning the brunch, I couldn’t decide what sort of “theme’ to use.  I just did crosses for our twins’ First Holy Communion, and wasn’t crazy about using her school color, St. Patrick’s green.  I decided to run with red, for the gowns they will wear on Confirmation.  (plus…my kitchen is painted “arresting red” so I LOVE decorating when I can match my back drop!)
We had seating for twenty-four people.  Three tables that each held eight.
the round black table
I used red, white and black on all of the tables, mixing the table cloth linens, napkins and centerpieces.
red oval table
The white table turned out a little wider than I wanted, but it worked out very well in the end.
the white table
I folded all of the napkins with the “Bishops Hat Fold,” They were a hit with the kids, of course, having to try them on first!
I have done so many fresh cut flower centerpieces lately that I wanted to do something different.  I decided to head to my local green house for inspiration.  I found porcelain pots in my three colors.  I then potted them monochromatically.  I think it’s so cool that they have a breed of petunias this year called “black velvet.” They are gorgeous!
white centerpiece
red centerpiece
black centerpiece
Of course, what would a brunch be without a little morning cheer? We had bloody marys and mimosas for all.  Even the kids had an option instead of regualr OJ…. virgin mimosas, made with sparking cider instead of champagne. Each mimosa glass was garnished with fresh raspberries.  The bloody marys had all of the fixin’s available!
bloody marys
The highlight of any good meal, of course, is the FOOD!! Here is what our menu included:
Coffee, Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Brunch Enchiladas, Bacon and Swiss Quiche, Cracker Barrel’s own Hash Brown Casserole, Bayou Brunch Casserole, Fresh Fruit Kabobs, Baked Apple French Toast, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Lemon Blueberry Crunch Bars and Frosted Sugar Cookies.
at my daughter’s request
dark chocolate with white chocolate drizzle strawberries

bacon and swiss quiche

Bacon and Swiss Quiche Recipe

ice cream sticky cinnamon rolls

Ice cream Sticky Roll Recipe

lemon blueberry crumb bars

bayou brunch casserole with spicy italian sausage

Cracker Barrel’s own hashbrown casserole

brunch enchiladas made with ham


fresh fruit kabobs
Last, but most certainly, not least, each place had a cookie “favor” for dessert. These cookies were made by my friend, Tari, who runs Sunshine Cookies out of her home in Chandler, Arizona.  She made white doves, that had a glitter glaze to them.  If they weren’t cute enough to begin with, she packaged them up so cute, tieing them with red and white ribbon and adhereing a silver cross to each bag.  As pretty as they were, they tasted even better!
sunshine cookies white confirmation dove

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The celebration was fun for all.  God blessed us with beautiful weather that Sunday, and after brunch we all headed out to our patio to enjoy it!
Congratulations, Kenzie!!
God Bless You Always, Sweetheart

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