Cheers // Our Festive Holiday Brunch Party

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Maje tulle skirt (similar; also see my DIY tulle skirt tutorial), J.Crew plaid top (current version), Zara pumps

The most wonderful time of the year is here, and I’m soaking up every whiff of fresh pine and nibble of seasonal treats! I’m enjoying holiday festivities more than ever because we’re at a phase in life where a lot of our friends have new kids, new jobs, or have moved to new places. It’s not always easy to see each other throughout the year, but a good party gives everyone a reason to make time and get together.

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Sweets table with fruit tarts, mini dessert cups, and my favorite berry cheesecake

Last weekend I kicked off December by hosting a festive brunch and holiday gift swap for friends, and to celebrate my dear husband’s birthday. Nick isn’t one to want the spotlight on himself, so he thought a combined birthday-holiday party was a great way to take some attention off himself. And being a man of few requests, all he asked for was good food and good drink, so it was the perfect opportunity to partner again with Stella Artois for a memorable holiday fête!

classic winter holiday party floral arrangements

My talented friend Krissy of Boston Pollen did our florals – we went for a simple and elegant holiday theme with muted greenery. I love the mix of different eucalyptus, and the use of poinsettias, tulips, and white holiday berries! This gorgeous sprawling garland along the staircase found a second life adorning my fireplace after the party.

fresh flower pointsettia eucalyptus holiday party stairs garland

In addition to Stella Artois lager, we served a sprightly holiday punch made from their hard apple Stella Artois Cidre and fresh fruit. It was a perfect lighter refreshment for pairing with brunch fare earlier in the day.

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stella artois beer cidre holiday party cocktails

Tatte christmas brunch party pastries table
Pastries table with both sweet and savory baked treats, yogurt cups, and fruit platter.

I usually love cooking and entertaining at home, but breakfast foods are not my forte so I had Tatte Bakery do the catering. Their food is not only delish, but also presented beautifully.

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Tatte Boston catering holiday party salad
Salad & tarts table – my favorite is the mushroom & potato quiche!

We always order Shakshuka whenever we see it on the menu, and have tried to recreate it several times at home without much luck (yet)! It’s a breakfast dish with eggs poached into it, served with bread to sop up the saucy goodness. We served both the traditional tomato-based one as well as a delicious, vibrant green version with Swiss chard and leeks:

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Hot brunch station with eggs, pancakes, and mezze platter

holiday christmas party baby outfits

How darling are these littlest partygoers in their holiday best?

Nick and I didn’t intend to wear the same shirt … we got dressed separately, then groaned when we saw one another but each refused to be the one to change! I ordered this coated Maje skirt from their NYC store after seeing it styled beautifully on my friend Wendy. It’s voluminous and dramatic so not for everyone, but I absolutely loved it, and figured no better time to sport a tutu than during the holidays! The size EUR 34 has an elasticized waist which is a snug fit on me. If you’re crafty and looking for an affordable and no-frills tulle skirt, definitely check out my DIY tutorial!

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Thank you to our wonderful friends who came from near & far to celebrate together with us! And thank you to Stella Artois for partnering on this post.

Photography by LCS Studio.

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  1. So lovely! I didn't know you can rent Tatte for private parties…must keep it in mind hehe Thanks Jean!

    Posted 12.17.16 Reply
  2. Jean wrote:

    I wear winter boots or rubber rain boots and usually change at my destination (almost all commuters in this city do the same!). However I do have some leather shoes like by Aquatalia that are designed to be weatherproof, and I wear them in light precipitation but not heavy.

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    Ah I forget the ratios but in addition to the Cidre and the fruit that was shown, added a dash of vanilla extract, a little grape juice, cinnamon, and sugar to taste : )

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    Yum! Love that blog. Thanks for the tip…will have to check it out : )

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    It's part of the restaurant! We just rented out the space : )

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  6. I remember last year you also partner with Stella to host a party?! It's so cool cus I love Stella!

    xx Margaret

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  7. Love that skirt on you, and the food looks delicious!

    Jen | affecionada

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  8. A private Tatte brunch with Boston Pollen florals & photography by Laura? Can it get dreamier?! So, so pretty!

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  9. Love your holiday look! Tulle and plaid is such a great but unexpected combo.

    Style by Joules

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Hello Jean, I live in Boston as well….Do you wear leather boots and leather shoes in the snow? Or do you wear winter boots instead? I recently moved to this city and I am scared of ruining my shoes…Thank you!!!

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  11. Such lovely and festive decor!! And could you pass me a Stella? 😉

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  12. Maine Girl wrote:

    I've found my favorite (so far) shakshuka recipe on the Smitten Kitchen blog. I believe she has a couple of versions, but I'm obsessed with it!

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  13. This is so, so cute! Love it.

    Katie |

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  14. Gorgeous! Love how you guys match!


    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  15. Marisa wrote:

    What did you put in the punch? I love the Stella Cidre & would love any drink that uses it!

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  16. The food spread looks amazing! I'd totally go crazy over the salads on the table haha. Beautiful photos as usual!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  17. Brittany wrote:

    Ahh Jean!

    These pictures are just bliss — so nicely captured before digging in! Love your inspirations and more importantly, your love for one another.

    I had just learned from Wendy the other day that N & C have the same birthdays..what! A couple of couples meant for each other (from twinning w/ Nick, to twinning with Wendy & her skirt) 😉


    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  18. Valeri wrote:

    Thank you for the share Jean and Nick. Loved it

    Posted 12.11.16 Reply
  19. Janinafran wrote:

    Love this skirt! Looks so festive <3
    XO Janina

    Posted 12.11.16 Reply
  20. This looks so amazing and fun!! Looks like you had a great time!

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  21. this brunch set up is so lovely. also in LOVE with your skirt.

    Abigail Alice x

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  22. I'm obsessed with the hutch in the background! Where did you find it?!

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  23. mybeautrip wrote:

    Your skirt is awesome!

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  24. Your skirt is a game changer! I love that and the beautiful decorations!


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  25. Love your skirt 😉

    Posted 12.11.16 Reply

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