Brunch. It’s not just a meal past breakfast but before lunch — it’s an occasion that I take quite seriously. I mean, if someone asked me to become a professional bruncher for a living, I’d jump on that opportunity in seconds. I look forward to it every weekend and try to squeeze it in whenever I can. Whether I’m out brunching with the girls or having a relaxing time in with my boyfriend, it’s never out of sight nor out of mind. Truth be told.
My ‘must brunch at…’ list is kept local (for now) with all of the gems around the Metro Detroit Area; and expands to wherever sky miles will take me. Going out to brunch is my favorite thing to do and I’d do it everyday if I could, but it starts to add up. $15 eggs benny here and $12 Bloody Mary or mimosa there (and let’s be real, you can’t just have one). An alternative that is just as fun — and may be an adrenaline rush for planners like myself — is hosting it in-house!
Hosting and planning, and everything in between, are totally my forte. And brunching, well, it’s what I’m good at.
I recently purchased a larger dining table and have been dying to break it in. Brunch, brunch, brunch. Earlier today, I had a couple of my best girlfriends over to accompany a well-thought menu. Good company = good times. It was the perfect opportunity to catch up on everything that has happened in our lives and discuss future plans. Lots of trips and occasions in the making.
What’s better than having your best friends around the table with bottomless mimosas… plus, a killer playlist going in the background?
Safe to say we brunched hard… two bottles of champagne later.
Pros of brunching in: I got to break in my new table, the total “brunch bill” was about 25% of the norm, and my puppy child got to hang with the girls and me. Pulling together a Saturday brunch is easier than you think — and a lot less stressful than imagined. Sure, some unexpected twists & turns can occur but it’s nothing a mimosa can’t fix. Without further ado, my quick 5 for hosting a successful brunch…
Populate the Guest List
Putting the right people in the right seats (literally) makes all the difference. First, determine the occasion — is it a holiday, celebration or a casual get together? This will help determine the size of your party and who is appropriate to invite.
Save the Date
Got your guest list set? Good. Now, compare calendars! If it’s a smaller gathering, it may be easier to align time slots. For a larger group, I’d recommend planning at least a month in advance.
After each brunch date, my besties and I typically compare our calendars to get the next date in the books. It makes it a lot easier to plan future engagements around it. Yes, we take it really seriously.
Craft the Menu
Crafting the perfect meal is just as important as the people who will be eating it. This is probably the most important step to hosting brunch. All in all, keep it simple to stress yourself less. Or, have your guests bring something to contribute. Not only will this take some stress off of you as the host, but it’ll allow your guests to get a little creative on their end! Also keep in mind any special dietary needs — we want to make sure everyone can enjoy what’s on their plate.
At today’s brunch, I took care of the main course and side while my friend Sam prepped our healthy dessert and Lauren came with champagne and OJ in hand. Love them.
Dress to Impress
And I don’t mean just you. There’s so much more that needs to “look nice” — from table settings to plating presentations, it’s all equally as important. Placemats, coasters, chargers, plates, bowls, silverware, glasses, decor and so on — a well dressed table makes a huge difference and sets the mood for brunch, trust me. But make sure to leave yourself enough time to put on your best brunch apparel, especially if you’re the host. I always say, “we need at least one good picture.”
Keep the Conversations Going
…and the mimosas flowing. Keep an eye on those glasses and don’t for a second let them get empty! The best part about in-house brunch is you’re cutting the expense of bottomless mimosas, and you’re in the comforts of your own home. Take this time to limit stress, worry less and enjoy the moment.
Don’t overthink it — just let the good times roll.