How to Host the Perfect Brunch
Updated: May 31, 2022
Cheers! Beveverages are usually the first thing we offer guests upon arrival to any social event. Variety is of the utmost importance. Not everyone is a coffee drinker. Some folks prefer to avoid alcohol. Others, may enjoy a simple glass of water. Regardless, beverages tend to bring a party together quicker than any other item on the menu and the options are limitless. Most people like to have something in hands in a social situation. You need to have enough beverages to accommodate everyone's tastes.
Our Bloody Maria recipe is a good choice for a savory drink option. It is a unique twist on the classic Bloody Mary. It's great with any brunch menu and has a full day's supply of Vitamin C.
The Mimosa is the most popular beverage option for brunches. Mimosas are a simple mixture of Champagne and orange juice served in a champagne flute. Instead of Champagne, I like white wine and orange juice. Make sure the wine is chilled before mixing and serving to your guests. If you are looking for non-alcoholic versions I suggest mixing orange juice and Sprite. Another option is to add cranberry juice to the Sprite and orange juice. It creates a beautiful blood orange color. Plus, it a tasty way to get your Vitamin C.
Coffee is a basic beverage that can be elevated with a few items. Whether you have a single-serve or a drip coffee maker you can create a coffee bar and your guests can serve themselves. I like to have various K-cups and creamers available. Guests can customize their perfect cup of coffee.
Once your brunch has concluded what better way for your guests to remember their time with you than with a party favor. Party favors do not have to be expensive or elaborate. We have 3 ideas that are the perfect ending to your brunch.
Lemon & Rosemary Potpourri
Kelly's daughter-in-law, Hannah shared this one with us from her bridal brunch. The recipe is simple, but the aroma is refreshingly amazing. They are also a beautiful touch to your table decor. Combine a sliced lemon, 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract with 2 cups of water in an uncovered slow cooker. Turn on the lowest setting. Once your room is fragrant, pour the mixture into a jar, refrigerate and use 2-3 more times. You can also simmer the blend in a pot on the stove. Check often to make sure the water doesn't evaporate.
Wine/liquor bottle lights are always a hit. Wine bottle lights are inexpensive and come in packs of 12. With or without personalization these are special. With so many options of color and shape, each guest can have a unique gift that will last indefinitely.
Cocoa Bombs need to be made ahead of time. One could be placed at each place setting or in a basket and they pick up on their way out. Your options are endless when creating your bombs. These require a few purchased items before getting started. Our recipe can be found here https://www.themorebalancedlife.com/recipes/hot-cocoa-bombs
Finally, seating for your guests can be formal or casual depending on the size of the brunch. I encourage using place cards if there is a guest of honor. For example, a bridal brunch or baby shower brings together friends and family from both sides of the isle. I suggest seating everyone to have direct access to bride-to-be or mother-to-be. You know your guests best! Go with your instincts and allow guests to gravitate naturally or strategically place small groups of friends and family together. Remember, the point of you event is to entertain and promote a comfortable atmosphere. Another idea is to seat triangles of people across from one another with every other person intermingled from various social groups.
We hope your Easter brunch is spectacular. Enjoy time with your family and friends. We would love to Easter brunch pictures. Feel free to post of our Facebook page.