Hosting a brunch is always an enjoyable way to entertain your family and friends. There really is no right or wrong, you can go as formal or as casual as you like. Here are some of my tips to make brunching a breeze!
Plan the menu ahead of time: Brunch typically consists of a mix of sweet and savory dishes, so plan a menu that has a good balance of both. Don’t forget to include vegetarian or gluten-free options for any guests with dietary restrictions. Here is a recipe to my favourite addition on any brunch buffet: GF’s orange zest pancake bake.
What’s on the bar? Offer a variety of drinks like coffee, tea, juice, and my favorite fresh squeezed grapefruit mimosas (my recipe here). Add options to spike a drink like vodka, wine and baileys. Be sure to include non-alcoholic options for guests who prefer not to drink.
Decorate your space: Nothing says Sunday brunch like fresh floral – keep the colors light and bright for an upbeat morning experience. Key spots to include floral arrangements; Entryway table, Food station, dining centerpiece and something small in your powder room.
Serve food buffet-style: Make it easy for your guests to serve themselves by setting up a buffet-style spread, great on an island or opt for a social brunch by using your dining room table for your spread and keep portions more bite size with luncheon plates. Use serving platters and bowls that are easy to grab from and refill.
Keep things simple: Don’t stress yourself out by making everything from scratch. I love adding my own berries and garnishes to menu items that I didn’t prepare myself to give it a more homemade look. It’s perfectly fine to include pastries or bagels from your favorite bakery, order in advance and pick up the morning of the for ultimate freshness.
Prepare as much as possible the day before: Brunch parties can be hectic, so prepare as much as you can in advance. Make any dishes that can be prepared ahead of time and set the table the night before. Lay out any platters with sticky notes and complimenting serving utensils for space planning. Keep a checklist of all your menu items so you don’t forget any items in the butlers pantry or garage fridge.
Encourage your guests to mingle and relax by creating a comfortable and casual atmosphere. Play easy listening background music and provide comfortable seating options for guests to perch and converse over Beignets and Cafe au Lait. You can find my favorite brunch playlist here.
My number one resource, opt for using rental dishes and tablewares. This is an easy way to add in decor elements through items that will actually be used by guests. It is affordable and makes the cleanup a snap, just rinse and return and you can spend the rest of your afternoon relaxing!
What do you love to include on your brunch buffet?