It may not seem like it now, but the time will come when we can once again get together with family and friends. One of our favorite ways to get together is over brunch. Below are some ideas on how to avoid having to wake up at the crack of dawn or spending the entire time in the kitchen so you can enjoy your company.
Set up your Table or Serving Area the Night Before
Place all of your plates, napkins, silverware, and serving utensils on your table. Don’t forget glasses too! Coffee mugs and juice glasses. Additionally, fill a vase with pre-cut flowers and use as a centerpiece and another vase for water. Once the food is finished, everything is ready to go and all you have to do is put the food out.
Prep Food Ahead of Time
Let’s be honest, when people come over for brunch, they are usually hungry. Brunch is all about the food. Try to have a mix of savory and sweet items. There are plenty of recipes that you can make ahead of time, freeze, then warm up the day of. For example: muffins and scones, quiches, egg casseroles. Prepare or thaw out the night before and pop in the oven the morning of. Cook your bacon in the oven, place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, no splattering grease, clean-up is a breeze, and you fill the house with a yummy aroma.
Make Good Use of Store Bought Items
Best tip yet, you are not obligated to make everything yourself. Set up a do-it-yourself breakfast bowl station with fresh fruit (you can get cut up from the grocery store the night before), yogurt, nuts, and raisins. Maybe a milk and cereal station for the kiddos or our all-time favorite, bakery quality bagels, lox, onions, cream cheese and capers. Plus, purchase some premade dips and spreads, cheeses and crackers and no one will leave hungry.
Keep the Cocktails Simple
Have a dedicated Bar area. Offer a couple of specialty drinks; for instance, Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s or Sangria can be prepped the night before, along with their accoutrements. Stock a couple of types of beer and a few wine options. Fill a bucket with ice and perhaps another with flavored water and cold brew coffee (this way you don’t have to brew any) and everyone is sure to find something to suit their fancy.
Enlist the Help of Guests
Don’t be afraid to ask for help with serving, making drinks, and clearing the table. Everyone loves to contribute. When you get people involved, it makes them useful and engaged, plus it helps to get you out of the kitchen faster and gives you more time to socialize, which is the ultimate goal of brunch.
Above All, Don’t Stress Out!
Remember, everyone came to have fun and enjoy the company of others. Food is just an added bonus. Grab a drink, something to nibble on, chat with your guests, and be a part of the fun!