Picture Perfect Holiday Brunch Entertaining Made Easy #ChurchAndDwight #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/06

| December 8, 2016 | 57 Comments

The holidays are all about spending quality time with those we love. This year, surprise family and friends by switching things up and hosting a fabulous holiday brunch instead of the traditional turkey dinner. We served a brunch one year to accommodate family members that could not attend for dinner and they really enjoyed it! Don’t get me wrong I love turkey and serve it year round, but we eat so much turkey over the holidays that a brunch is a nice change for a Christmas meal. 

For the perfect entertaining space that will leave guests in awe, follow my few simple tips below to elevate your brunch from the expected to the unexpected! 

 

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Establish a colour scheme

The secret to fabulous décor is to keep the colour palatte simple and focus on two complementary colours. On trend for this holiday season is pairing opposite colours together. Once the basic palette is set, add in a third accent colour, such as silver or gold. This will help complete the look and bring it to life. 

Try opting for slight variations on the uber traditional red and green. Some colour pairings that you can try this year include:

•             Mint and blush for a feminine and vintage look

•             Plum and teal for a sophisticated and elegant feel

•             Navy (or turquoise) and red, which gives your typical nautical decor a festive holiday flair

•             Green and fuchsia to create something preppy and fun

•             Red and grey for a chalet-chic look

Keep these colour schemes in mind when purchasing accent pillow covers, table linens, napkins and runners. 

PRO TIP: If you’re hosting multiple parties, you can keep the festive colours looking new and radiant throughout the holiday season by using OxiClean™ Colour Shield Laundry Stain Remover. It helps to fight tough stains (think red wine and gravy) while safeguarding colours. 

 

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Set the mood… and table

The dinner table is the focal point of any holiday gathering! To make it more memorable, every tablescape needs the following:

•          Flow: Don’t overpack your table with too many decorations. Keep it simple so there’s plenty of elbow room between guests and enough space for dessert on the table!

•          Greenery and flowers: No décor is complete without succulents or fresh cut flowers, especially during the holidays. This year, try creating your own unique centrepieces by layering pine branches, Christmas ornaments and fresh flowers overtop a festive table runner.

•          Table linens: Take a more casual approach to your brunch table linens this year.  Mixing and matching colours and patterns keeps the meal light-hearted and bright. Notice a spill or stain once your guests have gone? Use OxiClean™ Max Force™ Foam Laundry Pre-Treater to help tackle even the greasiest spills and stains left behind.

•          Rethink your serving plates: For a casual and natural feeling buffet style brunch, set aside the traditional serving platters and opt for more rustic materials such as slate, wood or marble. You can also try mixing vintage dishes with new items for classic yet modern feel.

•          PRO TIP: To make cleaning up even easier, start with a clean dishwasher when your guests arrive and load it throughout the meal. Using OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals™ Dishwasher Detergent and Triple Action Dishwasher Booster is also a must during the holidays as it removes tough, stuck on stains and keeps your precious dishes looking sparkling. 

 

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Think beyond the tree

During the holiday season, people often focus on the tree and forget about the rest of their house. Try placing small wreaths or pretty bowls filled with ornaments in different rooms. Using strings of lights indoors is also a fun way to decorate. You can also bundle up small white lights and place them in glass jars to add a little sparkle to any room. 

 Holiday Entertaining Prize Pack Giveaway

 

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Church and Dwight would like for one lucky Ottawa Mommy Club follower to receive the Holiday Entertaining Prize Pack! Our winner will receive the following items:

  •     OxiClean™ MaxForce™ Foam Laundry Pre-Treater – To help blast away even the greasiest of stains with its foaming action.
  •     OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals 26 PAK (468 g) Pouch – To remove stuck on stains and help your dishes sparkle!
  •     OxiClean™ Versitle Stain Remover – To to get rid of tough stains and ensure your home is ready for guests!
  •     Arm & Hammer™ Truly Radiant™ Clean & Fresh Toothpaste and Spinbrush Battery Toothbrush – To ensure your smile is bright and white for any holiday parties! 

The ARV of this prize package is $40!

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends at

11:59 EDT on January 6th, 2017.

Good luck!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

 

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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 19 year old son and a 22 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham) says:

    My best tip is to get as much done before hand as you can.

  2. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham) says:

    Oops, so sorry I entered my pinterest name wrong. It’s nicolthepickle.

  3. Sherry says:

    Make simple items so you can give guests a lot of attention.

  4. Cheryl says:

    My best tip is to perpare as much as you can before company arrives! 🙂

  5. Chandra O'Connor says:

    My tip is to plan ahead, if things can be done a head of time, do them.

  6. lori butler says:

    for a brunch i always havefresh fruit with dips on hand, crackers and cheese, a salad and quiche

  7. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    Breakfast would be an egg soufflé garnished with rosemary. Fruits in a fancy dish and toast cut up in heart designs. Branches of Fir in and out of the presentation. Oh, and big nice beautiful container of water and orange juice. Yum right?

  8. Cook the extravagant goodies ahead of time.

  9. Sunshine G says:

    Have a really good selection of snacks out – that way, if food’s late, no one is starving!

  10. Tara Betterley says:

    When I put on a brunch or a meal – I try to do all prep work before people arrive that way you can enjoy your company more. It is the worse when you have company and you are sitting in the kitchen doing the preparations.

  11. Florence Cochrane says:

    My tip is to have everything ready in advance and a clean kitchen so you can enjoy your quests and meal.

  12. Judy Cowan says:

    My tip is to keep is simple and do as much of the prep in advance that you can so you can enjoy it to.

  13. Cheryl says:

    My tip is to plan ahead and to have it all set out the night before. Try to prep as much as possible so I can have everything ready

  14. loriag says:

    My tips for a picture perfect holiday meal is to plan ahead.

  15. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I think the perfect brunch would be going out to have it at a nice restaurant. That way it’s less stressful and no clean up to do!

  16. travelbuds says:

    Brunch tip – have it buffet style.

  17. KD says:

    I don’t have any amazing tips…I try to have pretty napkins and lots of tasty food!

  18. Erinn Lishman says:

    My tip for a perfect holiday brunch is to make as much as you can ahead of time! My hubs and I spend Christmas Eve together prepping the meal for Christmas brunch, including cooking up all the meat, and it makes the morning go so much smoother.

  19. Shelley N says:

    I always like to have make ahead items so those you can make the night before and keep in the fridge then bake in the morning are great. Plan plan plan

  20. Juliee Fitze says:

    Lots of planning and prep makes it special time that I can relax with my friends

  21. Alison Braidwood says:

    Make as much as you can a day or more ahead. That way you’ll have time to visit with your guests and actually enjoy your party/dinner.

  22. Silvia D says:

    besides the food and drinks i have a festive table cloth a smaller low center piece so everyone can see each other.Have everything read so you can enjoy your guests

  23. Lynda Cook says:

    My tip is it’s great to have a theme and work with that make sure you decorate the buffet table, and have everything organized on the table as well, you don’t want everything scattered all over the place!!

  24. 409cope says:

    I like to prep as much as I can ahead of time to spend time with guests.

  25. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Prepare as much as humanely possible in advance, that way you have more time for your guests. 🙂

  26. l p says:

    don’t turn down offers of good help. thanks

  27. Amy C says:

    My tips are to be prepared, plan ahead and hope for the best because something always comes up or extra people show up.

  28. Jonnie says:

    A find a nice tablescape really makes a holiday meal feel extra special

  29. Darwin says:

    For a successful holiday brunch, prep what you can the night before. Decorate the table the night before as well and have all settings ready to go.

  30. Brenda says:

    Pre make everything so you can relax with your guests and enjoy the food.

  31. Melinda says:

    My tip is to get everything organized before your guests arrive and then you can enjoy your time spend with your guests.

  32. kathy downey says:

    My tips for a Picture Perfect Holiday Brunch or meal is prepare in advance everything that can be done !

  33. Wendy Jensen says:

    A picture perfect brunch to me would be relaxing with my family and great food.

  34. Karla Sceviour says:

    Prepare as much as possible a nice while beforehand,,so you are not stressed,rushing,or worn out. Have plenty varieties of appetizers and drinks available to suit everyone`s taste.

  35. heidi c. says:

    Do as much prep as you can in advance so that there are just last minute touches left on the day.

  36. Tainan Lu says:

    My tip is to get everything ready in advance.

  37. angela m says:

    My tip is to do as much prep as possible before anyone arrives.

  38. Stephanie says:

    my tip is to plan ahead

  39. Sarah Alexis says:

    The most important thing is to enjoy yourself. It’s not about being perfect – it’s about sharing good company and loving one another!

  40. Valerie Gibson says:

    Prepare as much in advance as possible to avoid being frazzled.

  41. Jana Liu says:

    prepare ahead of time so you aren’t rushing

  42. Daryl says:

    make sure you are prepared

  43. ivy pluchinsky says:

    Do a lot of prep work before hand, and make sure you have all the ingredients.

  44. Monique L.S. says:

    Do as much as you can the night before. There are some great french toast bakes that are quick and easy to make.

  45. I have everyone bring their favourite side or appetizer and then I can spend more time with the guests and less time stressed!

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  46. angela m says:

    My best tip is to prep as much as possible before company

  47. Dianne G. says:

    My best tip is to have a variety of foods especially if you do not know if guests have dietary restrictions. I like to have a nice vegetarian dish, some gluten free, and some sugar free foods. A veggie and fruit tray are also a good idea so no one goes hungry if they are not able to eat certain foods.

  48. Athena says:

    Make a plan, and do as much prep work as you can in advance.

  49. Becky Best says:

    My tip is to decorate so that it is warm and inviting. You want everyone to feel comfortable! 🙂

  50. Dawn gordon says:

    The best brunch is eggs and home fries and bacon !

  51. Caryn Coates says:

    Definitely try and have everything done in advance

  52. Jennifer Robson says:

    Do things the night before!
    Don’t stress. Have fun activities to keep the kids entertained.

  53. CL Chin says:

    My tip is to prepare some items beforehand so you don’t have to do everything on the day of the event also use some simple seasonal decor such as pine cones and/or some mandarins as decor on your table.

  54. Deanna Petrie says:

    Make plans, stick to your plans and don’t over-think! Enjoy it.

  55. Renee Vanderkuip says:

    Do a lot of the prep work before your guests arrive.
    Keep it simple

  56. Joni W says:

    I have no tips for a perfect holiday brunch.

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