By: Peyton Lambton
As much as I love going out for brunch, hosting it is an even bigger treat for me. I’m that person who lives to entertain, so nothing could be better than having my friends and family over for a festive meal, complete with all of those details that make it special and memorable.
When helping plan my sister-in-law’s baby shower brunch last summer (in my opinion, the best baby shower ever!), I was able to identify four keys to our success. Not only will these simple essentials ensure your guests enjoy themselves, they’ll make for an easy, stress-free brunch for you – the host with the most!
Oh My-mosa: Instead of serving plain ‘ol OJ and champagne, you can really get the party started with a self-serve mimosa bar. Set a few bottles of bubbly in a large bucket of ice – so everyone can help themselves – and have pitchers of assorted juices to choose from. Guests can even mix a couple together if they’re feeling adventurous.
Light Bites: Since it’s the beginning of the day, the fare should be filling but not too heavy. I prefer to prepare bite-sized sandwiches and salads that can be kept cold or at room-temperature, so I don’t have to worry about keeping them warm.
Spread Out: When you’re expecting to entertain a fair amount of people, plan on having different stations. Crowding everyone in one room can get chaotic for you and for them, so I would suggest situating drinks in the kitchen, food in the dining room and, if you have a backyard, set up the tables and chairs outside.
Label Detail: Not only will labeling everything allow you to have a more hands-off approach during brunch (you’ll want to socialize, after all), it’s one of those personal touches that pulls the entire look together. I’m a big fan of chalkboard signs myself, because you can reuse them.