This week, The Party Buss is focusing on ideas for hosting a stylish brunch. Each day I’ll be sharing some of my favorite tips and tricks that I’ve learned as a hostess (and guest!). By Friday, you’ll be ready to effortlessly prepare your own brunch for the upcoming Easter weekend, or any occasion that brings family and friends together.
Be sure to follow along everyday to learn simple ways to make your brunch beautiful!
We’ve officially made it to Spring and this time of year always puts me in the mood for a good brunch. Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations, or just a relaxing weekend morning spent on the patio are all perfect excuses to spend time with friends and family over a leisurely meal. Hosting a beautiful brunch doesn’t have to be so stressful. With these essential tips to hosting the perfect brunch you’ll be ready in no time.
Brunch is the perfect meal for serving buffet-style. The beauty of a buffet is that guests serve themselves, freeing up the hostess to feel like a guest while enjoying the party herself. Think of it as a “set it and forget it” style of entertaining.
There are really two key parts to organizing a brunch: menu planning and deciding on the layout. Here are some of my best tips on how to tackle each category.
- Select dishes that can be prepared ahead of time and that are delicious (and safe!) served at room temperature. This ensures you can have everything ready before guests arrive and avoids last minute kitchen stress.
- The later your brunch starts, the heartier your menu needs to be.
- Consider serving a platter: make your own BLTs or a selection of bagels with toppings are crowd-pleasers.
- Don’t be afraid to buy pre-made items. Don’t waste your efforts trying to master a new gourmet dish. Upscale grocery stores have amazing selections of pastries, fresh fruit and salads.
- Make 2-3 additional servings of each dish. You’ll be sure to satisfy everyone’s appetite without going overboard. Plus, you can send guests home with any leftovers.
- Stick with one beverage choice besides coffee and tea (we’ll talk more about this on Friday!)
- Arrange the food by what you have the most of to what you have the least of.
- Have silverware pre-rolled in napkins. Guests will be able to easily pick up and go straight from buffet to table without worrying about a balancing act.
- Set up a self-serve beverage station. Again, the more guests help themselves, the more relaxed the host.
- Create a label for each dish. It will not only look coordinated, but will keep you from answering the same questions over and over.
- Keep the decor super simple. Some fresh flowers and a few small candles are all that’s really needed. Bonus: you can buy the flowers while grocery shopping!
- For extra flair, set a pretty table. Use your special plates and glassware, learn a fancy napkin fold or make easy place cards. (don’t worry – I’ll share more of these ideas later in the week!)
Hosting a brunch doesn’t need to be a huge production. You can impress your guests and have tons of fun by making sure you plan ahead. These tips are your road map to success. Come back tomorrow because I’m sharing even more ways to up your brunch style all week long!
Coming up in the Brunch 101 Series:
Hostess Must Haves
Crafting Place Cards
Napkin Fold Tutorials