If you're looking for a way to simplify the preparation that goes into food gatherings, think about having a picnic. Last weekend I got together with some friends for a small picnic brunch, and it felt just as inviting and full of personality as it would have had we sat at a table. I was in charge of creating the set-up, and decided to keep it uncomplicated and affordable by using items from my home. The only thing I couldn't resist buying were the hydrangeas! The other girls brought incredible brunch foods, including these pretty scones my friend Claire prepared that morning. The arrangement took a little brainstorming the night prior, but overall this was really low maintenance and fun to do.