Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Brunching In Style

Written by Patti on September 1st, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Have you ever met folks and just knew you all would be great friends? My new friend Victor is one of those folks. Victor is an image consultant and just the loveliest person. Our mutual friend Elizabeth introduced us and on Sunday we all met at Victor’s house for brunch. His house is one of those wonderful places you immediately feel at ease and could stay for hours.

And the food was delish, too!

Victor and me

I loved how Victor arranged the brunch. To start, there was coffee and a tray of luscious fruit set out on an ottoman in the living room so everyone could help themselves. So smart!

Coffee...and daisies!

Everything looked so pretty. We all grabbed a cup of java and hung about and visited.

Eric and Elizabeth share a laugh

And I scoped out this cozy corner of the room.

Couldn't you see yourself snuggling in with a good book?

All the furnishings have been reimagined by Victor. His home is filled with mid century antiques that he has had recovered in the most beautiful ways. His eye for a find is impeccable. My best friend as a child, Parri, had the same type of house. It was shabby chic, before anyone branded the name shabby chic. All the seating was impossibly comfy and old trunks were used as coffee tables. It was as close to a fairy tale house as I could picture as a child.

Victor’s house is a fairy tale house, too.

Welcome to Victor's fairy tale porch.

The food was just as glamorous. Salmon croquettes, fresh griddled corn cakes, spinach salad with strawberries & pecans and the yummiest peppered bacon were laid out before us along with mimosas. It was just glorious.

Love this tablecloth!

Our group - Allison, Joel, Elizabeth, Victor & Eric

And we ate. And ate. And ate some more. It was all so scrumptious and the conversation so scintillating. Victor is participating a fantastic event on October 3, called Get it Out of The Closet, which will benefit men who are trying to re-enter the workforce. There will be a fashion show and you can gain entrance by donating a suit (still in style, please) for a man or a woman. You can find all the details here. I will definitely be there, so come out and party with me!

After brunch, we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave. So we didn’t. And good thing, because Victor made dessert! Brownies topped with raspberries and raspberry sorbet. So tasty.

Can I make room for dessert? Maybe just a little one...

We all scarfed down the brownies as if we had not just eaten enough for a football team. But then we sat.

I claimed that fab chair in the corner...

and Elizabeth?

she took a nap on the Ostrich chaise....

Victor, you are the perfect host and we had the most divine time. Thank you!

xoxo, Patti

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4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lisa says:

    Of course you love the tablecloth!
    What a nice tribute for a lovely brunch…

  2. Patti says:

    Lisa – Of course! LOL. Miss you and can’t wait to see you Sunday! xoxo, P

  3. Victor says:

    Patti – Having you guys over was tons of fun! So glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Patti says:

    Victor, you are the most charming host! xoxo, Patti