Brunch is one of those fabulous meal times that only ever seem to occur on the weekend. When you have more time, can put more effort in, and relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
A perfect way to catch up with friends rather than meeting at a noisy and busy cafe, is to host your very own brunch! Choose a location with plenty of space, pick a date and time and off you go! It’s that simple.
It is up to you as the host, to decide how much planning and preparation you would like to put in to holding your own brunch, with details like decorations, invitations and styling all up to you. It can be a nice surprise for guests to walk in to your brunch seeing the amount of effort you placed on hosting the event!
When hosting your own brunch, it can be a little overwhelming. Try and limit the guest numbers and remember to plan as much in advance so you can really relax and enjoy the company of your friends.
To make things more simple. why not have each guest bring a dish of their own? It will make the day run more smoothly, and each item is provided on it’s own tray or dish with serving utensils, this again will alleviate any running around on the day.
The menu items can be pre-planned before the event to ensure there is a wide variety of options, and don’t forget to include some drinks on the menu as well! Large drink canisters are very handy for events like this, as it allows the guests to help themselves rather than being handed lukewarm drinks that aren’t very appealing.
If you’re hosting guests but don’t have enough space for a sit down style event, think of easy to eat and handle food options, such as mini parfaits in single cups, or muffins and other baked goods. Makes sure you provide enough cutlery, plates and serviettes for your guests so people don’t need to go looking for items.
Setting up dedicated areas for your brunch makes a lot of sense too. Having a designated tea and coffee station, with all items that would be required to make this as fuss free as possible will then allow guests to spend more time relaxing and chatting to others while sipping on that freshly brewed pot of tea or steaming hot coffee. You can provide as many varieties of tea as you like, giving guests lots of choice when deciding what pot to brew next! All these little touches just add a little extra to your brunch.
For anything that needs to be heated up or toasted, utilise each and every space you can, so guests aren’t all huddling around the same area, and to avoid congestion it will help ease of use for the kettles, toasters and sandwich press.
Another fun tip for hosting a brunch is to create a Mimosa station. Provide guests with varying types of juices to add to some sparkling wine, to spice up the morning! Who knows, the brunch could end up turning to guests staying on for the afternoon and in to the evening so why not have a bit of fun!
Most of all, remember to have fun! This is great idea for getting friends together in the comfort of your home, and by planning things in advance you know you can enjoy the morning without the stresses of throwing an elaborate function. You will find all guests are more than happy to contribute, to make the event the best it can truly be!
Have you hosted your own brunch?
What would be your advice or favourite menu item to bring?