How to Host the Perfect Brunch

by Editorial Team | December 17th, 2016 | Chef Interviews

set-tablePlaying host to your guests is always a wonderful honor but at the same time it carries quite a bit of responsibility. If you plan on hosting a brunch over the holidays, or even after the holidays, there’s no doubt that you want everything to be perfect for your guests. We’ve put together some tips you can use to help ensure your brunch goes smooth and everyone, including you, has a wonderful time.

Get the Table Ready Early
Instead of rushing around early in the morning on the day of your brunch, it’s always a good idea to set your table up the night before. You can take your time setting everything nicely, laying out plates, cutlery, glasses, and décor. If you are hosting the brunch in a room you don’t use daily, you can even set it up earlier than the night before.

This advance table setting also gives you a chance to look everything over and make sure you’ve got everything you need on the table.

Add a Touch of Uniqueness to the Table
If you’re looking to make your guests feel welcome and special, why not add something unique to the table? A handmade gift such as Grey Fox Pottery mugs, a scented luxury bar of soap, or even herbal tea at each setting can make for a wonderful and unexpected touch.

Prepare Food in Advance
Obviously not everything can be prepared in advance, but if there is something you are serving that you could prepare the night before, this will save time and hassle as well. You don’t need to cook it in advance, just do the preparing. This can mean things like getting your veggies or fruit washed and chopped to set out on a tray, cutting up cheese for a cheese platter, preparing the dessert and possibly baking it the night before, etc. It will keep the kitchen much cleaner and organized as you rush around preparing the meal that morning.

A Variety of Beverages
Brunch is one of those funny meals as it’s a bit earlier than lunch but later than breakfast, so with that said you need a variety of beverages. Be sure to have an ample supply of coffee and tea, juice, and even a light champagne or sparkling wine can be nice. And keep in mind that setting out a big pitcher of ice water on the table is wise for any meal, not just brunch.

Consider Your Music Selection
A really nice touch is to have music playing in the background while everyone enjoys their meal. Something soft, relaxing, and not distracting is definitely the way to go. It will help to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere at the table.

Sit Down and Enjoy
Even when you try your hardest, things can still go wrong; a dish may not turn out just right, you may forget to put out the cheese tray, or perhaps the soup isn’t as warm as you hoped. There’s no need to be hard on yourself and there’s a good chance your guests haven’t noticed any of these things. Instead it’s time to sit down, enjoy, and visit with your friends and family.

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