An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

I met the Poppy Barley team on a trip to Edmonton about 6 months ago. Edmonton is a sweet little city in Alberta, and I was there to experience the culture and creative community for a weekend (see the highlight video here!). When I toured the Poppy Barley studio, I fell in love instantly. PB makes extremely high quality, custom-fitted leather footwear. I went for a fitting while I was in town, and about 6 weeks later I received my beautiful boots in the mail. I’ve never worn a more comfortable pair. It was unbelievable. I wrote them an e-mail to rave a bit, and that’s when the idea of hosting a Poppy Barley gathering here in Lexington was born. I wanted to share about this wonderful company with a small group of girls, and suddenly the vision of a rustic barn wood table covered in pastries and breakfast treats, surrounded by vibrant apple trees came into focus.

Here’s how that little dream came true…

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

Naturally, the first person I thought of to handle creation of the pastries and breakfast treats was Elizabeth Cauvel. This girl is a whiz with a whisk and all things food. She’s a kindred spirit of mine and I just loved working on our last event together — so it wasn’t long before the menu took shape as e-mails shot between Lexington and Brooklyn.

The final lineup: Autumn Squash Strata, Kale & Apple Salad, Apple Cinnamon Rolls, Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Muffins (GF) + Orange Cranberry Jam, Sparkling Apple Cider, Regular Apple Cider, Creamy Hot Cocoa and local coffee. My mouth is watering just from typing it out.

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

Rebecca Kuehl was my next target. This girl is an extremely talented artist, photographer, stylist and event planner. She’s also my youngest sister! I asked if she’d be willing to co-style and co-plan the event with me, and she said yes! She quickly landed us a great location at Reed Valley Orchard. I remember getting a text from her one morning saying she had found the perfect spot. She then sent me video of the loveliest orchard lane I’d ever seen. There were hills and trees as far as the eye could see, with bright red fruits decorating the view. Reed Valley was amazing and offered us a secluded area where we could gather and enjoy without getting in the way of delighted apple pickers. Rebecca coordinated everything perfectly and I didn’t have to worry one bit! She also hand drew the invitations and menus, which turned out beautifully!

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

Once we had a location and the eats were nailed down, I shared the event plans with Lindsay Bruner, Marketing Team Leader at the local Whole Foods and they ended up providing all the ingredients we needed. I was absolutely blown away by how wonderful WF was to work with. Lindsay took a look at the menu and made some awesome suggestions about which items could be sourced locally. We ended up using local milk, eggs, produce, coffee and lots more. It was perfect! She even brought a mini camping stove and a few French presses so that the coffee was as fresh as possible — AND donated delicious chocolate truffles, Juniper Ridge soap bars and IntegriTEA sachets for guest favors. I was a Whole Foods fan before, but now I’m obsessed.

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

The next thing that happened was a serendipitous meeting with Jay and Wendy of Ruby & Mr. Getzy at Le Deauville. I had the pleasure of chatting with these two for hours one night and learned that Jay does a lot of unique wood working projects. The one that intrigued me most was his Solid White Ash Stools. I had no idea what we were going to use for seating at that point, but when he mentioned those magical things, I knew. Jay hauled the stumps out to the orchard and unloaded them for us. They fit so perfectly, I couldn’t believe it. Fate!! Jay also provided the Reclaimed Locust Wood Coasters we used for our cocoa mugs, and each guest got to take one home with their favors!

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

If you remember my post about the SOUTH dinner, you already know I have lots of love for Longwood Antique Woods and their stunning barn wood tables. Of course, I asked if they’d like to participate in this little orchard brunch and I’m so glad they did! The table was beautiful as always — the perfect canvas for all that food, and such a complement to the idyllic autumn surroundings.

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

We definitely needed music — but not just any music. We needed light, peaceful, soulful music. My lovely, extremely talented friend Molly Parden was the first person that came to mind. She’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. She drove up from Nashville the day before the event and we laughed ourselves silly dancing to oldies in the kitchen and storytelling late into the night. She’s definitely our newest adopted #sistor! Her beloved guitar in its beautifully worn case traveled with her, and she swept us away with an original song about Kentucky while we sipped on cocoa and snuggled into our scarves. The crisp breeze drifting down the lane seemed to play along. I didn’t get any video clips of her performance, but the one below is equally enchanting…

I’m not sure if it’s our profound satisfaction with Rory’s endless studying in Gilmore Girls, our obsession with The Shop Around The Corner in You’ve Got Mail or the simple fact that school is in session, but Rebecca and I decided that books would make the perfect accent decor. We pictured stacks of them on little stools and a few on the table. Luckily, the incredibly charming Morris Book Shop loaned us some of theirs for the event, and they were so lovely! We even had a fun surprise where we gave a book to each guest, and inside one of them was the winning ticket for a Poppy Barley giveaway! One of the gals got a free custom-sized pair of leather boots! It was the cherry on top…or should I say the apple on top? Oh dear…

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

It was better than I imagined. The food, the music, the location, the details — it was as if time stood still and everything in the world was that little grassy lane and the sound of friends being made.

Although the ladies from Poppy Barley were unable to attend the brunch, they followed along with us via the #PoppyBarleyBrunch hashtag on Instagram. Check it out here to see how each of us experienced that wonderful morning!

A few more photos to remember the day by…

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

Probably my favorite picture of Elizabeth ever.

 

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

Thanks again to the wonderful sponsors who made all of this possible!

Poppy Barley
[Website / Instagram / Facebook]

Whole Foods, Lexington
[Website / Instagram / Facebook]

Ruby & Mr. Getzy
[Website / Instagram]

Molly Parden
[Website / Instagram / Facebook]

Longwood Antique Woods
[Website / Instagram / Facebook]

Morris Bookshop
[Website / Instagram / Facebook]

Reed Valley Orchard
[Website / Facebook]

And a huge thank you to Elizabeth, Rebecca and my middle sister, Rachel for helping SO much with everything! You can follow Elizabeth on Instagram here and check out her blog here, and you can follow Rebecca on Instagram here! Follow me on Instagram too (here!) for daily pics and musings!

What’s your idea of the perfect fall brunch? I would love to hear about the kinds of events you dream of throwing or attending! Let’s discuss!

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Comments

  1. Oh heavens… so much to love here. So so so much. The setting, the food, the music (just listened to the clip and I adore her sound).

  2. My dream of a perfect Fall gathering involves a group of my best friends from college, and a large picnic table, located on the grounds of an old farm house in the woods of southeast Pennsylvania. The leaves are crunching and rustling under our feet as we all make our way to the brunchy feast! I’m thinking I’ll be serving things like chai tea, hot chocolate, coffee, a cheesy strata, thickly cut maple-glazed bacon, heaping piles of steaming hot gooey cinnamon buns, and some sort of spiced apple-baked yumminess. Music by The Honey Trees would be our accompaniment to a wonderfully creamy afternoon! What do you think?? Suggestions?

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Oh my, that sounds ENTIRELY magical. I just love your description! I think you need to make it happen…there’s still time!! 🙂 The menu is perfect — you’ve got the sweet and the savory! Love the hot beverages, and perhaps your apple treat could be a simple, rustic tart to balance out the complex flavors of the other dishes!!

  3. Fall is my favorite season, so I’m getting teary-eyed just looking at the beauty of it all. All of your events you post on Offbeat + Inspired are so perfectly styled and thought out. Ever detail is covered, and I’d imagine your guests feel incredibly comfortable and happy. How do you do it?

    -Victoria [ http://scissorsandsage.com ]

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Aww yess! I feel the same way thinking about it! I was in Florida this past weekend, and as much as I love the ocean, I truly missed the sunset colored leaves and the crisp autumn air! I’m SO glad you enjoy the events I share here — thank you so much for your kind words!! I think in order to make things like this happen, you just have to commit to whatever vision you have and start the process of bringing all the details together! Recruit a few people who are equally excited about it and watch things unfurl! 😀 Have you been dreaming of hosting an event?? (You should totally do it.. :P)

  4. The food, the setting, the tablescape and the spirit of the whole gathering is so beautiful. You so such a great job with these gathering. And that orchard is ah-mazing!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Thank you so much girly! The orchard had me dizzy, I loved it so much! We have to throw one of these together! 😀

  5. WOW! I’d say your orchard brunch was the epitome of both offbeat and inspired. You certainly inspired me to do something similar real soon. From the setting to the food, everything was just beautiful.

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Awww thank you so much! I’m so glad you found it offbeat AND inspired! 😀 I do hope you throw your own event — there’s just something SO wonderful about bringing people together like this and sharing life!

  6. This is just beyond gorgeous. The setting, the food, the photos and the people. WOW! What a beautiful table. I am jealous! 🙂

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Thank you so so much! 😀 I can only imagine an orchard brunch with YOUR gorgeous food gracing the table!! Oh my — thinking we all need to collaborate on an event like this in the future! 🙂

  7. This is so beautiful!

  8. WOW!!!! What a beautiful post. It made feel like if I was there enjoying the gathering too. From the location to the table setting and food, all was beautiful and tastefully created. Every detail of the entire event was spot on. I wish I was there!!! I have always loved whole foods but never heard of Poppy Barley or the other sponsors but they are all worth taking a look at because they all did an AMAZING job. Thanks for sharing this awesome post. LOVED IT!!!!! XOXO, Jeannette

    http://www.msjeannieandhercloset.com

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Aww thank you so much for your sweet comment! I’m SO glad you enjoyed this post and YESS, do check out the other sponsors! TRULY wonderful businesses and people!! 😀 <3

  9. What a perfect time of the year for such a beautiful gathering!!
    Everything looked perfect…..Molly Parden, WOW she is amazing, I am in love with her music, it is sooo relaxing and what a beautiful voice. This had to of been a dream come true. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Thank you so much, Debbie! 😀 Molly is WONDERFUL! Just a truly incredible person AND phenomenally talented musician and writer! <3

  10. Karolina Lidin says:

    Thanks for the terrific post! I am especially enamoured with the lovely long b/w patterned cardi. Is it home-knitted? Is there a pattern? Or can it be purchased online?

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Aww I’m so glad you enjoyed the post!! That cardi is from Urban Outfitters! My sister purchased it recently in the store, but it’s available online here!!

  11. This is so lovely! Thanks for sharing these pictures. Looks perfect.

  12. LOVE this! It turned out so lovely! Has me so inspired 🙂

  13. Fae Wirtjes says:

    Oh my goodness! Tiffany you’re such an inspiration to me.. I’ve just recently started following you and I’ve been creeping so hard on your Instagram/blog… hahah (weird, I know)!! And you live in Nashville, which is my dream place to live! But, my question is: when did you go here? Cause it looked like perfect weather to be bundled up with some hot coffee and sweet friends! I checked and it’s only a 3 hour drive for me, so I was wondering also if you recommend this place (or if you know of any other apple orchards that are in the same Kentucky/Tennessee area) Thanks so much! God bless! 🙂

  14. Wow! It’s so amazing!! The photos are amazing! Gathering and having a meals in the garden like this must be great! Everything is so wonderful 😮

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