Brunch is one of our favorite meals for entertaining guests, and an elegant brunch is such a nice way to start the day. Here's one tiny suggestion for a special brunch: Individual butter pats for each guest.
It's a bit of frippery, of course; you would do just as well with a plate or bowl of butter on the table. But breakfast is often so butter-centered (think pancakes, crumpets, toast, and muffins), and it's a nice grace note to give each guest their own bit of butter. (Even better if it's homemade!) Then they can slather it on without needing to reach over for the butter dish.
If you do this, though, have a plate off to the side with a few extra pats of butter, just in case some of your guests run out quickly! (Certain members of my extended family would laugh at these wee buttons of butter. For average butter users, though, a lump like the one pictured above should be plenty.)
And look out tomorrow for a tip on making tiny molded butter pats; it's extremely easy, and will make you look (and feel) like Martha Stewart at her finest.
(Images: Faith Durand)