DIY Retro Summer Brunch or Soiree

Recreate this DIY Retro Summer Brunch Soiree with your gals this summer! We’re sharing our DIY’s, free printable and sources.

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

In case you haven’t had the chance to experience the retro goodness that is Palm Springs in real life just yet, we’re helping bring the DIY version straight to you with this DIY Retro Summer Brunch or Soiree we created alongside Beau Tied Events!

Call me obsessed (or just ‘Bridgette Bardot’ in this instance) because this 60’s style game has my name ALL over it!

Naturally, we had to bring a little DIY touch to it all. So I have lots of how-to details and printables.

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth




DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

First and foremost, you can’t host a retro summer brunch without forcing all of your friends to wear 60’s inspired ensembles. We snatched up all of the retro designer goodness that we could from Tootsies.

And I think it came together perfectly. (I want this mint green matching set immediately!). Once everyone is in uniform, the real party can begin!

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

Printable Striped Drink Umbrellas

To make the umbrellas:

Print out the printable sheets and cut along the outside edge of each colored umbrella.

Then, cut a slit from one side to the middle of the circle.

Fold the cut ends over each other just a bit until it forms a cone shape.

Adhere into place along with a plastic stir stick in the middle with the glue gun.

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

No matter the decor, what’s a brunch without the bites?

We teamed up with A Fare Extraordinaire to cater the brunch bites. These raspberry scones were seriously to die for!

Robin of Double Trouble mixed her famous tiki cocktails and made us all jealous that she actually owned these ceramic coconut cups!

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

Summer Party Table Setting

Sadly the perfect patterned pineapple plates to do not exists. (I’m sensing a missed opportunity here, no?!)

So Paula from Beau Tied used mod podge to adhere patterned fabric on the backsides of clear plates, and I love the way they turned out!

Pair them with custom calligraphy menus from Nib and Pixel, a faux banana leaf, custom vinyl chair name decals, and gold flatware, and you’ve got yourself one stylist place setting!

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

DIY Dotted Wall Backdrop

To make the backdrop —

Kathleen measured and taped off even squares along the wall with painter’s tape and a ruler to mark off perfect 4.5″ sections for the paint sample chips that she cut using a 2.5″ circle hole punch.

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

In all seriousness, how fake to these floral arrangements from Bramble & Bee look?! They were so perfect I could’ve cried. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such beautiful ombre peonies, and I even like to consider myself a non-florist, just stare-from-the-side-lines connoisseur.

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

Summer Goodie Bag And Party Favors

Of course, no fete is complete without a killer goodie bag.

So we compiled the perfect summer must-have bag comprised of a Lolo Bag pool tote and sunglasses case, Murphy & Daughters bon bon soap set, Artifact Skin Co. face masks, Manoosh watercolor scarf, Kate Aspen flamingo bottle opener, Salty Road mango taffy, and champagne truffles

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

DIY Retro Summer Brunch Soiree Sources

DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth

A big thanks to our lovely models, Keitha ReneeValentina Degtyar, and Dagny Paige !

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  6. Hi! Love all the photos and the cute retro style of well, everything! I would love to know where those awesome turquoise sunglasses are from pretty please. They are so cute. Thanks for such a fun post!

  7. You should probably look up the definition of the word soiree. It only happens in the evening. You can either have a breakfast for dinner soiree or a brunch, but not a brunch soiree.

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  8. This is fantastic! That backdrop is amazing and I love all of the retro looks. Can’t get enough!

  9. A Fare Extraordinaire meets Double Trouble drinks meets clothes off of Tootsie’s racks—killer collab from every end, especially when S+C gets involved :) someone give me a bridesmaid luncheon to host or something please!!

    oh and gimme that retro red top.