Catching up with friends for a lazy brunch might sound like a go-to P.O.A for most of the weekends. Unwinding while you relish comfort meal with friends before you head for a shopping-spree kicks-off the weekend just right! Moreover, being treated for a brunch at someone’s home is certainly a pleasant take on such get-togethers. But, hosting one at your home is no kid’s play. While your friends arrive lazing around to indulge in the feast, it might get a little overwhelming while prepping up for the same. Take notes as we guide you with a perfect to-do list to ace this task like a pro, without waking up at 5 in the morning!
1.Prep Ahead– Relax yourself, it’s a low key intimate affair where you don’t necessarily have to stress on the etiquettes. Plan the menu with quick and easy ingredients and pre-cook some make-ahead recipes. Pastries like muffins and scones can be frozen ahead. Breakfast casseroles and egg bakes that can be prepped the night before and baked in the morning, filling your house with an appetizing smell when the guests enter.
- Main Menu– Being a combination of breakfast and lunch, you can include a myriad of recipes for a brunch. You can serve breakfast dishes, lunch dishes, or a combination of the two. We suggest choosing one egg dish and one heartier dish, plus a cocktail or mocktail to subtly tantalize the aura. Finishing off the menu with a fruit salad or pastries would be a no-brainer.
- Eye-pleasing Palette– Plan a set up that’s also delightful to the eyes irrespective of whether it is a sit-down affair or a buffet. A cohesive colour palette will exhibit your fine choice. You can choose an all-white theme for the decorations and centrepieces. Decorate the table with white cutlery and flowers to offset scrumptious delicacies presenting it in an understated yet sophisticated way. Make your table look impressive opting for quirky serve-ware that can be a great conversation starter.
4.Self-serve station– Don’t break your nerves by preparing every single delicacy. There’s no stigma in setting up a mini make-your-own station to add a fun dimension to the gathering. A colourful themed set up will make the party instantly Instagramable. A serve-yourself waffle bar, lemonade counter or a coffee bar will win you the ‘super host’ title and encourage a lot of mingling in the guests.
- Brunch cocktails– Press fresh juice to serve on its own or mix it with the favourite libation on the house. This again gives you a brownie point for being a cool host! Whip up a batch of martinis or raise the bar with cutesy pink hued strawberry mimosas to treat your brunch bevvy. Fizzy champagne also makes for an uber-cool daytime cocktail the guests will surefire revere.