An engagement party at breakfast? Certainly. If it takes inspiration from a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” theme, the refinement and glamor of the scene alone will make the early hour more than worth it. Plus, breakfast just seems more intimate and personal, especially if set in one’s home. For the theme, think of Audrey Hepburn in that classic 1961 film and her upper crust world symbolized by Tiffany & Co. along New York’s Fifth Avenue. Recreate that ambiance with party decor, food, and favors selected for their understated elegance and presented with a gracious flair—with touches of Tiffany blue and silver, of course. » Click to view slideshow
Highlight the Decor With Tiffany Blue and Silver
Begin with a sophisticated color palette that evokes that world of tasteful glamor—ivory, white, silver, and the iconic shade of blue that jewelry maker Tiffany & Co. has made its own. The underlying light tones set a soft, clean, and fresh look for the entire scene. They also provide the perfect backdrop for subtle touches of other colors in the table decor.
Play this up by setting out heart-shaped favor boxes in sleek silver, reminiscent of Tiffany accessories. For a unique collective centerpiece, add cream-colored mini flowerpots of ivory roses. Provide a lovely glow with white floral-embossed candles set on mirrored candle trays. And for final touches, tie Tiffany blue satin ribbons around each place setting and scatter clear sequins on the table for a hint of glitter. The finished look is stylishly delicate and refined—ideal for presenting the party’s breakfast fare to best advantage.
Serve a Stylish Breakfast
Now to the food! On the guest tables themselves, set out scrumptious golden croissants and other “starters” on delicate porcelain plates lined with doilies. On a long buffet table alongside, present a luxurious spread of tried-and-tested breakfast favorites such as French toast, fruit waffles, muesli, Eggs Benedict, and potato galettes. Set out trays of fresh fruits and a selection of hot rolls, butter, cheeses, jams and jellies.
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To serve as sweet, yet light accompaniments, offer chocolate-dipped strawberries, petit fours, mini cream puffs, and fruit tarts. And for breakfast beverages, meet every guest’s taste with choices of hot chocolate, fruit- and herb-infused teas, hot and iced coffees, and freshly-squeezed fruit drinks. Surprise them, too, with elegant flutes of Mimosas. This champagne-and-orange juice drink was featured in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” so this is a fun way to pay tribute to the film.
Say a Chic “Thank You” With Elegant Favors
Continue the feminine elegance of this theme to the very end. Delight guests with favors that are chic, tasteful, and useful—presented in luxurious fabric wrapping. This simple circle of fabric, when gathered in a graceful flounce and finished with a crystal-tipped bow, immediately ups the stylishness of these thoughtful favor ideas:
1. a pretty Limoges-style porcelain keepsake box, filled with a sweet treat such as a chocolate truffle
2. a vintage-style gold picture frame, holding a theme-inspired print or a treasured photo
3. a jeweled votive candle holder in silver and blue
4. a bunch of nostalgic candies such as saltwater taffy
5. a generous surprise of wedding confections such as Jordan almonds
When laid at each place setting, these favors can provide that pretty touch of blue to the neutral-toned table display. Or they may be presented on a special favor table for each guest to take one as the engagement party comes to an end.
An Engagement Breakfast to Remember
Guests will surely come away from this occasion delighted. They’ll be exclaiming about the sophisticated table display, the light but delicious food, and the wonderful favors. And why not? With all the careful and tasteful attention to detail, this “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”-themed engagement party would do even Ms. Hepburn proud!
- – It’s ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ – ideas from The Today Show
- – A Breakfast at Tiffany’s bridal shower cake – from the blog of Pink Cake Box
- – Basic Mimosa Recipe – from About.com