Big Hat Birthday Brunch

I was thrilled to be asked to style a simple and elegant birthday celebration brunch recently.  The theme was Big Hats and the venue was at RIS restaurant in Washington, DC!  Since the host’s favorite color was purple, I found a beautiful Lovely Vivid pattern paper set by Lidija that I knew would be perfect for all the ideas I had in mind:

I love the colors of these digital papers and wanted to stick mainly with the purples, oranges and pinks, so I chose to use my favorite patterns from the set to create the invitation.  To start out I created a clip art image of a woman in a big hat and incorporated some of the digital paper into the silhouetted image I designed.

Since this brunch was at a restaurant, there were limits to what I could do style wise, but I was able to really add lots of color to the table with this gorgeous set.  I always love taking beautifully patterned paper to dress up a plain glass vase.  For this table centerpiece, I used a wide strip of paper and jute twine to create a pretty vase filled with beautiful spring time tulips.

If you ever throw a small gathering at a restaurant don’t be afraid to dress a table up to your liking.  You will find that often times the restaurant manager will allow you to bring in flowers, place cards, balloons  and table signs for your celebration.  I always like to add a table sign that coordinates with the event.  Using a contrasting pattern along with the the clip art image and a birthday message, I designed a small sign that tied  in perfectly with the beautiful colors and style for this party.

Part of my business is dedicated to creating fun & fabulous cupcakes for all of my events.  For this brunch, I created a delicious Tart Lemon Cupcake.  I am a BIG FAN of cupcake wrappers and toppers.  So, I added wrappers and flag toppers using the paper to dress up these cupcakes.

Be sure to try the recipe for these cupcakes at the end of this post!

As a favor, we packed cupcakes into small cellophane bags tied with white satin ribbon and a small thank you tag.  Each cupcake was nestled into a favor box I cut from the paper.  This is a very inexpensive, but fancy way to present a small token of appreciation to party guests.

If you ever happen to throw a lovely ladies gathering in a beautiful restaurant I hope the tips I shared with you today will inspire you to create fabulous pops of beauty along your dining table!

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Tart Lemon Cupcakes w/Lemon Buttercream Frosting


1 cup butter, softened

4 eggs – room temperature

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

2 tablespoons shredded lemon peel

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup buttermilk



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and fill cupcake pan with liners.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt in a bowl and  set aside.

3. Using a large mixing bowl beat butter on medium high speed for 30 seconds and gradually add sugar.  Add eggs to butter mixture one at a time until well combined. Add  lemon peel, and lemon juice and vanilla.

4. Starting with the dry ingredients and setting mixer to low speed, add flour mixture and buttermilk to the batter, being sure alternate after each addition until combined. Pour into prepared lined cupcake pans.

5 .Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the pan on a wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans and allow to thoroughly cool on wire racks.

6. Frost cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream frosting (recipe follows) and  garnish with lemon peel curls. Makes 12 – 18 servings.


Lemon Buttercream Frosting

1 cup butter, softened

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

juice and zest of one lemon
1 tsp. vanilla
small pinch of salt
Combine butter, sugar, and salt and beat till well combined.  Add lemon juice, zest, and vanilla and continue to beat for 2-3 minutes or until well combined.


  1. Love those big hats!!! And those cupcakes sound so yummy!!!

  2. What a fun party- I love all the details you created!

  3. This is very helpful Keisha. Love those patterned papers and can’t wait to try the cupcakes.

  4. Such a great theme for a birthday brunch. Love the big hat!

  5. Thank you Keisha for a beautiful Big Hat Brunch. U rocked the decor, it was a hit and the cupcakes were delish!

  6. Hi Keisha,

    I really TRULY love the theme! Is there a way I could purchase a template to create an invitation?

    Thank you

  7. @Tee – you can find the invites here: – it’s available in my Etsy shop.


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